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It’s a numbers game

Statistics used to motivate students Sport analytics and statistics entails more than an athlete’s performance. It includes player motivation, team development, game tactics and injury prevention. Here at SAIT, Trojans men’s volleyball head coach Dan Gilbert uses advanced technology, such as sensors and apps, to help bring the team together …

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Smells Like Team Spirit

Home games are a major component of sports where the energy of the crowd can inspire a team. This is something the Trojans want to see more of in the future. Attendance has been steady over the years, especially during playoffs with games generating 600-800 attendees. In the regular season, …

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Remember the Trojans

With the semester coming to an end, student athletes prepare for their future as they leave SAIT and their careers as Trojans come to a close. Three student athletes, in particular, who joined sports teams for different reasons all viewed being a Trojan as a memorable thing. Jocelyn Wynnyk is …

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SAIT Trojans women's volleyball coach Art O'Dwyer with the team in the SAIT gym on Nov. 27, 2016.
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Learn and grow

Trojans look for areas of improvement going forward With the 2015-16 season officially over, the SAIT Trojans are starting to think about what went right and what they can improve for next year. Overall, the Trojans had an above-average year, with the majority of men and women’s teams making playoffs, …

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Student athletes and coaches recognized at ACAC

The SAIT Trojans were recognized for their strong athletics as 12 players and two coaches were awarded for their contributions to their respected teams. The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) awards were announced over the course of the year, rewarding those for their individual efforts. “Over all, it was a …

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Putting pride back in sport

A new Kickstarter initiative out of Edmonton named ‘Pride Tape’ has been bringing awareness to LGBT issues in organized sports. “A multi-coloured hockey tape resembling the rainbow pride flag. Pride Tape was created so people could learn about these issues,” said Dr. Kristopher Wells, one of the founders of Pride …

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Racial abuse is not minor

It’s the jersey on your back that matters in hockey, not the colour of your skin Calgary minor hockey has seen a rise of racial abuse occurring in rinks affecting players, parents, coaches and referees. Over the past year, incidents have been at their highest in comparison to years prior, …

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Ken King gives a presentation on the Calgary Next project, which would house Calgary's professional sports teams at SAIT in Calgary on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. King illustrates how the Flames have been left in the dust by arena standards. (Photo by Kyle Meller/The Weal)

Calgary NOW

  A proposed multi-sportsplex project named CalgaryNEXT has some sports fans wanting the project approved, as they believe there is a need for new stadiums. In the summer of 2015, Calgary Flames President and CEO Ken King proposed a plan that would build a new sports facility for the city …

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Anthony Lok, left and Adam MacDonald don their riding helmets and display skis made entirely from concrete in Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre at SAIT in Calgary on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. The two are part of a student engineering club with the mission of building, and racing, a concrete toboggan. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Weal)

Cool runnings

SAIT brought home some hardware from the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) at the University of Ottawa back in January, overcoming technical issues occurring with the brakes. Three trophies were won for Best Concrete Reinforcement Design Best Steering Design, and Best Non-Alcoholic Mix Drink. “It was unfortunate we couldn’t …

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SAIT Trojans new athletics manager Lindsay Bax is confident about the upcoming Trojan playoff presence in SAIT' Campus Centre in Calgary on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016.  Bax used to look after the athletics department for Grant McEwan University in Edmonton. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/SAIT Polytechnic)

New role in familiar territory

Bringing her talents from Grant McEwan University, Lindsay Bax takes on SAIT’s athletics manager position. “These positions don’t come open very often, so when the opportunity comes up, you throw your hat in the ring and see where it goes,” said Bax. “I was fortunate enough to have been successful, …

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Erin White, left, enjoys some goodies with teammate Roshell Organ in residence in Calgary on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. The women's soccer team is in their off season. (Photo by Brooke Hovey/The Press)

Eat like an athlete

Being an athlete can be a difficult task—even more so when they try to balance out eating nutritiously into their busy schedule. For Trojans women’s volleyball players Shantelle Jonassen and Samantha Carpenter, both have experienced firsthand how to balance out the process. As everyone is different, both approach the process …

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Getting lost in the shuffle

  With this being my final issue, I thought I would take some time and address the topic of sports journalism. Athletics has to be a passion in order to venture down the rabbit hole that is this industry. When I first came into the journalism program here at SAIT, …

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Minor hockey players take the ice between periods at a Trojans Mens hockey game on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Weal)

Concussions impacting every level of hockey

  Concussions have long been an issue in the sports world—and its ripple effect has made its way to Calgary minor hockey. Over the past years, Hockey Calgary has made changes to its regulations in an effort to reduce the amount of concussions players sustain. There have been new regulations …

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Phil Allen remembered

SAIT Trojans were sad to announce the death of famed men’s basketball coach Phil Allen on Jan. 16, 2016. Allen started his tenure at SAIT in the 1978-79 season and quickly became one of the most prolific coaches in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Over the following 15 seasons, …

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Setting the pace

Its uncharted territory for SAIT’s women’s volleyball team, as they go for a medal for the first time since 1988. With 15 wins, the team fights for first as Briercrest College keeps their lead with 16 wins in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC). “There are a lot of things …

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Playoff in the long run

SAIT to host ACAC track championships on Feb. 26 and 27 The SAIT Trojans indoor track team are looking to replicate previous success by winning medals in February’s Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Indoor Track Championships. The Trojans are looking to continue the trend of winning ways, as each of …

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Thiago Rabelo sits in costume at SAIT Arena on SAIT campus  in Calgary on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Rabelo, a native of Brazil, is studying electronics engineering at school, and has held the Troy the Trojan job since the beginning of September. (Photo by Kyle Meller/The Weal)

Unmasking Troy

The Weal’s own Kyle Meller sat down with Thiago Bechelane, or perhaps he’s better known as Troy the Trojan. Bechelane grew up in Brazil and came to Canada a few years ago. At SAIT, he studies electronics engineering. SAIT’s official mascot was chosen in 1998 because a horse is considered …

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Back to the drawing board

If the start of the new year marked the start of the season for the Trojans men’s hockey team, they would be playing .500 hockey right now. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case here. If you’ve been following the Trojans (10-12-4) at all this season you know that they have …

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Trojan of the month

Laticia Castillo, a third-year diesel equipment technician, made her way to Calgary from Surrey, B.C. to attend SAIT and play with the Trojans. “I chose SAIT because it was close enough to home and because they had what I wanted to study,” said Castillo. It’s her third year playing on …

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Trojans Ooked out of four points

The SAIT Trojans drop back-to-back decisions against the leagues best, but there may be a silver lining Normally, when a team chalks up two losses in a single weekend, that would make for some rather scathing reviews and understandably skeptical follow-ups. But allow, just for a moment, the opposite to …

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