SAIT Trojans Mens Soccer striker Darel Ejikeme is tackled by Red Deer College Kings midfielder Bruno Damian and Red Deer College Kings forward during soccer action at SAIT's Cohos Commons Field in Calgary on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. The Trojans took the game 3-1 in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) season game.  (Photo by Ashley Orzel/The Press)

Fast Start

Both the SAIT Trojans men’s and women’s soccer teams have started off the 2016 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) season with a strong start as both teams find themselves with a 4-1 record. With this being the halfway point of the season, both look to continue their strong play heading …

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SAIT cross country runner Alex Howells poses for a portrait at SAIT in Calgary on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Howells moved here from East London, UK. and played basketball and soccer before joining the SAIT cross country team. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT)

Miles ahead of the competition

September Trojan of the month: Alex Howells Born in East London, U.K., SAIT Trojans men’s cross-country running star, Alex Howells, was given an opportunity that he ran with, and he never looked back. So far, to start the cross-country season, Howells has finished in first place for  three Grand Prix …

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Sports photos of the annual Eye Opener exhibition tournament between the SAIT Trojans and the Innisfail Eagles at SAIT Arena in Calgary on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The Trojans won the game by a score of 5-1 and finished the tournament with a 1-1 record. (Photo by Alex Medina/The Press)

Back to the drawing board

Trojans men’s hockey fight for redemption After a devastating overtime loss ended their season last year, the Trojans men’s hockey team are looking for redemption this upcoming season. Head Coach Dan Olsen is ensuring that changes are being made to try and avoid the same outcome from last season. “We’re …

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Back to the pitch

Former coaches return to the field Coaching and playing are two very different aspects of the game. One is viewed from the sidelines while the other right up close for the action. Both Cassey Bush and Amoy Hudson experienced what it was like to view the game as coaches and …

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Men's volleyball coach Sean McKay poses for a portrait in the Campus Centre Gym at SAIT in Calgary on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. This is McKay's first year coaching the SAIT men's volleyball team but he has had plenty of experience involving the sport. He recently played professionally in Sweden and has also achieved a degree in kinesiology and a masters in coaching from Western University in London, Ontario. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT)

Volleying for a win

Men’s volleyball team welcome new head coach Sean McKay, the new head coach for the SAIT Trojans men’s volleyball team, is bringing experience and professionalism to an already budding young team. McKay graduated from Western University with a bachelors degree in kinesiology, and went on to receive his master’s in …

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Terry Larson, head coach of the SAIT Trojans women's hockey team, practices with the team at SAIT Arena in Calgary on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (Photo by Kyle Meller)

Recruiting Frenzy

SAIT Trojans coaches look for new players to improve teams Like the major sports leagues, the SAIT Trojans had its own form of free agent frenzy, where coaches went out to recruit student athletes in an attempt to improve their teams. The goal for the coaches is to improve from …

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Play Hard, Fight Hard

The Military Museum teams up with the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame Since July 1st The Military Museum in Calgary has hosted an exhibit called Play Hard, Fight Hard. This has been a collaborative effort between the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (CSHOF) and the Military Museums, designed to showcase …

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Hockey on the rocks

For the 13th consecutive year, the Rockers fell to the NHL Greats in the JUNO Cup, a hockey game played to celebrate Canada’s talent. It isn’t really about the game though; it’s for the fans (and that includes the musicians) of the hockey alumnus who show that they’ve still got …

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Peak Power Gym at SAIT in Calgary on Thursday, March 24, 2016. (Photo by Pier Moreno Silvestri/SAIT Polytechnic)

Putting in the work

Off-season training essential to success One of the most overlooked aspects of being a SAIT Trojans athlete is preparation in the off-season to come back in top condition for the upcoming season. Trojans athletes are not only preparing physically for the following season, but mentally as well. At Peak Power, …

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(Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT Polytechnic)

Out with the old

One of Calgary’s oldest and most well- known venues, the Stampede Corral, could be closing to make room for a proposed expansion of the Calgary BMO Centre. The Stampede Corral opened in 1950, and since then, it has been the host of many of Calgary’s most historic teams and shows. …

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Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

The 53rd annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon will stroll into Calgary on May 29, featuring six different races of varying difficulties, with the top-most being a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. “We always say there is a race for every age and ability,” said Kirsten-Ellen Fleming, executive director with the Scotiabank …

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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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(Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT Polytechnic)

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.
Photograph by: Andrew Crossett

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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