Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - March 2018

The Factory News

March 2018

This Month's Featured Athlete

Cian Hilkewich
16, Lacrosse, Attack/Midfield
While New York City may get all the attention, Athlete Factory athlete Cian Hilkewich is making his dreams come true in Pawling, New York instead.
“I recently made the move to Trinity Pawling School to play for their lacrosse program,” Cian says.
As a tenth grader and newcomer, Cian is one of the youngest players and feels that he has a lot to learn. Luckily, this just pushes him to work extremely hard.
“I’m really looking forward to continuing my development here,” he says.
In the last few years, Cian has played high-level lacrosse on a number of teams. He has played A-Level and Team Alberta box lacrosse, as well as Team Alberta, Chilly Willy’s and Elev8 elite field lacrosse.
In spite of all his success, Cian remains extremely grounded and ambitious.
“In the next year I want to get faster and stronger, and to come back to Calgary in the summer to play field lacrosse with Calgary Field and the Chilly Willy’s,” he says.
“I just want to focus and work on my development as an athlete.”
In his time with the Athlete Factory, Cian has made huge physical strides.
“I feel like the Athlete Factory is really good at finding out what works for you personally,” he says. “The individualized feedback and attention has really helped me get stronger and become an overall better athlete.”
Even so, Cian knows the work is never done.
“My advice to aspiring high-level athletes would be not to get down on yourself when you do something wrong or make a mistake, because you definitely will. You just have to keep it in mind and move on, and use that experience to make yourself a better athlete.”
Cian’s drive and level-head will serve him well in his next goal, to make the Varsity lacrosse team at Trinity Pawling this season.

The Athlete Factory returns from Rome

Athlete Factory Director of Performance, Paul Balsom, and I had the pleasure of spending a week in early February with AS Roma Football Club, in Rome Italy at the invite of AS Roma's Darcy Norman, Director of Performance.

Our time at AS Roma was an opportunity to share and present Paul’s doctorate research and practical work, which has driven how the Athlete Factory conditions and produces athletes for elite performance. In addition, we were able to watch the Roma players train and prepare for their upcoming match, discuss with Darcy and his staff their conditioning philosophy, and work hands on with a few injured Roma players to further demonstrate our methods that have in particular led to our successful results and reputation in rehabilitation.

As with any time we spend visiting or consulting for professional teams we take a collaborative approach, and look to identify improvements that we might take back to the Athlete Factory, as well as reinforce processes we already have in place. We strongly believe it is important to never stop learning and growing, and it is always reconfirming to see the impact that our work can make at this level. 

Overall it was a very exciting and rewarding trip, culminating in VIP tickets to AS Roman's match vs. Benevento in Stadio Olimpico. We would like to extend many thanks to Darcy Norman and his staff for the invitation to share our work and for hosting us. 

Robin Bauer
Head of Strength & Conditioning

Don't Forget to Tune in this Month

Paraolympic Snowboarder, MIchelle Salt is headed to the Paralympic games in South Korea March 9-18th. This will be Michelle's second appearance at the games. 

"Mean" Hakeem Dawodu makes his debut in the UFC on March 17th in London, England against Danny "The Hatchet" Henry. 

Check out Some Outstanding Accomplishments from Our Athletes this Month

Rugby Players, Nick Blevins and Cole Davis of the men's Canadian team defeated Brazil last month in the Americas Rugby Championship. Both men started the game while Davis added to the scoreboard for Team Canada. Love seeing athletes that train together celebrate together on the field.
CFL defensive tackle, Linden Gaydosh of the Toronto Argonauts stopped by The Athlete Factory with the Grey Cup. Linden and the Toronto Argonauts defeated the Calgary Stampeders to win the Grey Cup back in November 2017. 
Thomas Binley-Ewing attended the Alberta Winter games in Fort McMurray in February and won gold in the U14 Male Giant Slalom event. Great accomplishment Thomas!
Golfer, Sydney Scraba signs her National Letter of Intent to University of Arkansas Little Rock. She will join The Trojans NCAA Division I golf program in the Fall. Good Luck Sydney!
Double Gold for both Cecilia and Charlize Medilo at the 2018 Judo Alberta Provincial Championships! Charlize winning gold for U14 and U16 while Cecilia takes gold for U18 and seniors. Way to go ladies!
Three of our athletes competed in the Bantam AAA All-Star game on January 13th. Jayden Davis, Kai Uchacz, and Dru Krebs all competed for Alberta South winning 13-2. Jayden with two points, and Kai with one point in the win.
How are these athletes reaching such high performance levels you ask?

The diagram depicts the actual conditioning results of an elite/national level hockey athlete trained by The Athlete Factory for only 3 years (outer line in red) vs. hockey athletes new to AF who have previously trained elsewhere.

Come in to learn how you too can achieve these results!

Our Sports Therapy Clinic
is looking to give back!

We are reaching out to Firefighters, Police Officers and Paramedics!

15% of all therapy treatment for you and your family will be donated to

Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society

Contact the clinic today at 403.255.7703 to book your appointment!

Deal of the Month

Stop by reception this month to grab your Klean Recovery. Until the end of March, Klean Recovery is 25% off.
Important Dates
Performance Testing
March 10th @ 2pm
March 26th @ 8pm
April 6th @ 6pm
Holiday Hours
March 30th - 9am-4pm


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