Balancing Sport & Education

September 12, 2017 Athlete Session

Panel, moderated by Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood

Click here to view The Balancing Act

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[bs_col class=”col-sm-6″]Panellists:
Chantal Van Landeghem | student athlete | Olympic Medallist
Stacy Hawash | prior student-athlete | Sports & Arts Program Advisor
Colin Mathieson | prior student-athlete | Paralympic Medallist
Ryan Karhut | prior student-athlete | Bison Football coach[/bs_col]


a message from Patti Dickieson, Undergraduate Program Student Advisor, University of Manitoba Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation Management

The most important thing I’ve noticed with student athletes is time management.  That is huge in all aspects.   I would advise to take longer to complete your degree and take time to enjoy both school and your sport.  A 60% load is 18 cr.  hrs. (3 courses per term), 80% is worth noting because of scholarships that is 24 cr. hrs. (4 courses per term).  I recommend that at the beginning of every new term students take a look at their course outlines to see what will be required of them in each of their course and plot it down on the calendar so you can visualize it.  Always be aware of voluntary withdrawl dates, don’t be afraid to talk to your professors ( yes, they are approachable).  What truly gets students in trouble is when they want to do it all and take on too much.  School, sport, work and a social life.  It’s a fine line but by being aware of managing your time it is possible.

Key take-aways from the Panel


  • Time Management – plan ahead, compare your training, competition and academic schedules
  • Figure out what works for you
  • Communicate – get to know your advisors, instructors, professors
  • It’s okay to ask for help
  • Having interests outside of sport is beneficial to you as an athlete and as an overall human being – diversification is golden
  • Learn what resources/tools are available to you

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[bs_col class=”col-sm-6″]”Good student-athletes focus on what brings them joy. Great ones find joy in aspects they dislike.” – Ryan Karhut[/bs_col]
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