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Trojans student-athlete feels at home on SAIT ice

Cora Sutton, fifth year Trojans women's hockey player, poses for a photo in her dressing room at SAIT on March 7, 2017. Sutton was recently named to the ACAC Second All Conference Team for the fourth consecutive year. (Photo by Madison Casavant /SAIT)

Cora Sutton, fifth year Trojans women’s hockey player, poses for a photo in her dressing room at SAIT on March 7, 2017. Sutton was recently named to the ACAC Second All Conference Team for the fourth consecutive year. (Photo by Madison Casavant /SAIT)

Balancing an education and social life is hard enough for the average college student without adding a sport to the mix. But for many student athletes the benefits of being on a team are worth the sleepless nights.

Cora Sutton, captain of the SAIT Trojans hockey team, started her journey as a student-athlete five years ago when she joined the team.

On top of attending class everyday, the women’s team has scheduled practices two to three times a week, as well as a regimented work out schedule on the other days of the week.

During the weekends the team is often away at games, leaving Sunday night  as her only opportunity for downtime.

“By that time you are so beat, you don’t really have time to do school work,” said Sutton.

Student-athletes tend to utilize their class time wisely, since it’s one of the best times for them to fit in schoolwork.

“I always got stuff done, but I could’ve gotten it done a lot sooner,” said the defense player, who is preparing to graduate this year.

She admitted that she doesn’t know how she manages to balance hockey, schoolwork and a social life at times.

The Trojan athlete also admitted that she sometimes had problems with procrastination, pushing things to the last minute and having to pull all-nighters.

Sutton is a dedicated student, and said that being dedicated to school often helps with being a dedicated athlete.

“If you have that dedication, then you find time,” said the architectural technologies student.

She said that it helps when there is a room of 20 to 25 girls that are supporting each other academically, especially when an athlete comes to SAIT from outside of the city and doesn’t have any contacts.

Sutton came to SAIT from Kamloops B.C., to play hockey and very quickly her teammates became like family.

“It’s definitely [important] having that support group behind you,” said Sutton.

Being on a team for five years builds a support group for an athlete, and helps to build an athlete’s confidence.

Starting out as a rookie, many college players lack confidence because they have yet to find and earn their spot on the team, combined with the stresses of school.

Sutton said that athletes just have to keep battling and working to balance their lives.

“Your confidence kind of finds you, once your teammates get it in you, then you’re there,” said Sutton.

Everyone knows Sutton’s role on the team, and that has helped to build her confidence. 

“I’ve been working towards this since I was 10, so [it’s] definitely going to be an emotional weekend,” said Sutton, looking forward to her final games as the Trojans wrap up their season.

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