Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Douglas College students finding success in athletics and academics

Douglas College Royals student-athletes are encouraged to make big plays on and off the field.

With a strong emphasis on balance between academics and athletics ingrained in the College’s culture, student-athletes are better placed in a position of success when transitioning to a career after
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graduation.

In collaboration with the College’s Counselling department, the Athletics department initiated the Life after Athletics workshop that stresses the importance of classroom success, said athletics manager Brian McLennon.

“We discussed the struggle some student-athletes have after graduation. They’re no longer a competitive player for their team, and they may struggle with their identity,” McLennon said. “Our strategy is to close that gap and have that dialogue while they’re here and get them thinking about their careers.”

For Royals basketball player Domunique Booker, the mentoring of her coaches and members of the Athletics department have helped her combine her love of basketball with her passion for writing.

A Communications student working towards a career in sports media, Booker was offered the athletics writer and video producer job for practical work experience.

“Douglas College gives you an environment to thrive,” she said. “You get the support, the resources and the feedback, so you can do what you want to do.”

Booker’s sentiment is echoed by aspiring naturopath and volleyball player Lynnea Carr, who credits athletics with teaching her about the importance of time management.

Being a student-athlete also placed an emphasis on taking care of her body.

“You have to be aware of what goes into your body, which really ties in to my studies,” she said.

Having the skills to transition into a career is the true measure of success, McLennon said.

“It’s great that you have a championship banner, but you can’t bring that into an interview. You need to have that degree or diploma – that’s an important aspect,” he said. “And that’s why we’re working to create that balance for each student-athlete.”