January 14, 2017 === Men's Volleyball === The SAIT Trojans men's volleyball team take on the Medicine Hat Rattlers in volleyball action in the SAIT gym.
Photograph by: Andrew Crossett

Mind games

Mental aspect of sports just as important as physical skill When it comes to sports, the general consensus is that it’s all physical skill, which, in turn, leads to the mental aspect of the game being overlooked. An old philosophy in sports states that it is 90 per cent mental …

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SAIT Trojans women's volleyball team takes on the Lethbridge College Kodiaks at SAIT in Calgary on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Trojans defeated the Kodiaks 3-2 (24-26, 25-27, 25-10, 25-21, 15-8). (Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT)

Eleventh heaven

Trojans women’s volleyball extend win streak to eleven straight games Winning streaks come and go during a season, but it is very rare to see a winning streak reach double-digits at any level.  The SAIT Trojans women’s volleyball team has accomplished this feat after winning back-to-back games against the Lethbridge …

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SAIT's new Athletic Director Wade Kolmel poses for a portrait at SAIT in Calgary on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT)

New man on campus

Introducing the new athletics and recreation director SAIT’s new athletics and recreation director, Wade Kolmel, formerly of Keyano College in Fort McMurray, brings experience and determination to the Trojans’ teams. “The program has always impressed me, so when the position became available, I thought it would be a good fit.”  …

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No break from the game

For many of our SAIT Trojans teams, the winter break comes in the middle of their busiest season. In between final exams, practice and trying to get some relaxation during the holidays, the Trojans try to stay active to avoid dampening their skills. “Most of the players are more mentally …

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John Smith Jr. at the Campus Centre gym at SAIT in Calgary on Nov. 28. Smith has led the Trojans to a 5-2 record so far this season. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT)

Five star recruit

November Trojan of the month: John Smith Jr. Making the jump from playing college basketball in the United States to Canada was a change of pace, but was something John Smith Jr. couldn’t pass up. Smith was one of SAIT Trojans men’s basketball assistant coach Zach Alger’s new recruits for …

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Welcome to the Mac’s

Trojans have unique ties to biggest midget AAA hockey The Mac’s Midget AAA tournament was established in 1978, in Calgary,  and  has become one of the most renowned international hockey tournaments for young players. Featuring 25 male and 15 female teams from Canada, the United States and Europe, the Mac’s …

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University of Calgary Dinos University of British Columbia Thunderbirds during football action at McMahon in Calgary on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. The Dinos avenged the game 46-43 for the Canada West Universities Athletic Association Football Conference of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport federation's 80th Hardy Cup. The Dinos and Thunderbirds previously faced off in the 79th Hardy Cup last year, with the Thunderbirds taking the game in a controversial win.

(Photo by Ashley Orzel/The Press)

Three and out

No room for football in ACAC With all the enthusiasm surrounding the Dinos’ rise to the 52nd Vanier Cup, SAIT students are questioning why their school doesn’t have a football team to cheer for. A stadium full of fans covered in body paint, wearing ridiculous outfits, waving flags, chanting and …

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October 15, 2016 === Men's Hockey === The SAIT Trojans men's hockey team take on the NAIT Ooks in the SAIT Centennial match up in the SAIT arena.
Photograph by: Andrew Crossett

Behind the mask

Getting in the head of goalies Goalies: Who are they? Why did they choose this position? Is there something inherently wrong with the mind of a hockey goalie? “There are some goalies out there that are completely nuts”, said Bolton Pouliot, a goalie for the SAIT Trojans men’s hockey team. …

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Illustration by Evan Brien

Outside the octagon

Canadian fight fans want more UFC events Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans across the nation have grown impatient with one of the largest sports organizations in the world.  The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has made stops in Canada in various cities over the years, but just not as frequently, or …

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This picture was taken for The Weal on the topic of hockey memories.(Photo by Quinten Hauck/SAIT)

Indelible moments

Sports leave a lasting impression For athletes or fans, there are always several sports memories throughout our lives that are very dear to us.  In the blink of an eye, something amazing can happen, which reiterates our continuous passion for the game.  Byron Froese of Winkler, Man., plays centre for …

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SAIT Trojans during a critical time-out in the lat minute of play. (Photo by Aly Khan/SAIT)

Fourth quarter charge

Trojans win home opener after tightly contested second half The SAIT Trojans women’s basketball team walked away victorious in their home opener against the Red Deer College Queens 67-62, thanks in large part to a strong first half. The Trojans found themselves leading 38-28 at the half, before the two …

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SAIT Trojans women's soccer midfielder Deanna Kuan charges down the field during soccer action against Medicine Hat Rattlers at SAIT's Cohos Commons Field in Calgary on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. The Trojans took the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference regular season game 2-0. (Photo by Ashley Orzel/The Press)

They did it all for the rookies

Trojans rookies sweep Rookie of the Year Awards For the first time in SAIT history, two Trojans soccer players – William Akio, of the  men’s team and Deanna Kuan, of the women’s – have both been awarded male and female Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Rookie of the Year awards.  …

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Gold medal cross-country runner Jacques Saayman poses for a portrait at SAIT in Calgary. Saayman recently ended the Trojan's 30-year individual gold medal drought by coming in first at provincials in Grande Prairie. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/SAIT)

History in the making

SAIT runner breaks 30-year individual gold medal drought Headed into the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Cross-Country Running Championships, Jacques Saayman knew history was at stake, though it didn’t cross his mind until after the race.  Saayman broke a 30-year gold medal drought to win SAIT’s first men’s individual cross-country …

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Sports action photos Trojans vs Griffins  (Photo by Alex Medina/The Press)

Edged out in overtime

Trojans seeks redemption after tough overtime loss Missed opportunities to end a game typically come back to haunt you with the puck ending up in your own net.  For the SAIT Trojans men’s hockey team, this was the unfortunate truth they faced when they lost 3-2 in double overtime against …

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It’s bobsled time

SAIT engineers hit the track From Feb. 8-12, 2017, colleges and universities from around the country will gather in Winnipeg, Man., to participate in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR).  The competition is an engineering challenge, where students create teams to represent their schools, and then are tasked with …

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January 26, 2016 === Pep Rally ===
Photograph by: Andrew Crossett

Make some noise

Trojan athletes rally for mental health The SAIT Trojans Athletic Department was recognized for “making some noise” this year at the fifth annual True Awards for the promotion of mental health and wellness.  The Make Some Noise campaign was created in 2014 to promote mental health awareness in the athletic …

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Competitive spirit

New coach brings in strong rookies After an injury-filled season last year, the SAIT Trojans men’s basketball team is getting ready for a promising year ahead.  “Last year was a very challenging year,” said head coach Marty Birky.  “We had seven guys injured. I’ve never experienced anything like that before, …

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SAIT Trojans women's hockey team takes on Red Deer College Queens at SAIT Arena in Calgary on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. The Queens defeated the Trojans 3-2. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/SAIT)

Only a matter of time

Trojans women’s hockey team still looking for their first win Hockey is as unpredictable as it gets, sometimes the puck bounces your way, other times it doesn’t. For the SAIT Trojans women’s hockey team, they have been on the receiving end of pucks not bouncing their way as they continue …

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SAIT Trojans midfielder Mataya Blakney poses for a portrait on Cohos Commons Field at SAIT in Calgary on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Blakey is a first year business student, but is in her third year of elligibility after playing for two years at the University of Calgary.  (Photo by Dawn Gibson/SAIT)

Bend it like Blakney

October Trojan of the month: Mataya Blakney Coming over from the University of Calgary (U of C), Mataya Blakney never expected to be a top player for the SAIT Trojans women’s soccer team.  Although she didn’t anticipate it, it’s exactly what happened during her first season playing in the Alberta …

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Beyond measure

Height not holding back athletes in high levels Athletes are typically scouted and judged based on their skill, but now there is another factor that they are judged on: their height. For years in the sports world, players have been overlooked based on the fact that they are not a …

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