Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - September 2016
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  Sheldon Rempal

Age:               21
Sport:            Hockey 
Level:            NCAA Div I, AJHL
According to an article in The Province, when you were developing as a hockey player in Calgary, you opted to play a lower level of hockey instead of on higher AAA tier for a year.  This is rare for a hockey player with your talent.

I played AAA my final year of eligibility.  I played through the Buffs association.  After community hockey ended, I was in a pretty high level group I would always play with growing up.  The guys I played with were going third or fourth overall picks going into the WHL Draft.  Instead of playing AAA, I went back to AA and just learned how to score and make plays.  That was definitely the biggest thing for me.  I could've played AAA but probably wouldn't actually play that much.  This was my opportunity to develop.  I had the chance to go back and learn how to play the game the right way.  It taught me how to go and make plays with confidence.  I took those skills from my AA year into my next year and it worked out well for me.  

After I finished my Midget AA, I had the opportunity to make the step to junior or to go back and play Midget AAA.  I had an offer from Fort McMurray.  I talked about it with my family.  Basically, it wasn't the right fit at the time.  We decided to go back and wait until I turned 17, when I could play in any province I wanted.  It was definitely in the back of my mind to get some BC looks.  I went back to Midget AAA and had a really good year.  I ended up having a pool of teams that I could choose from in BC.  I decided to go with Nanaimo and it was a good fit there.  

You just finished up your third year with the Nanaimo Clippers.  How'd your last season go?

It was definitely a different year for me.  I committed to Clarkson University when I had just turned 18.  It was a big process as I had a couple of things from high school I still had to figure out.  I was originally supposed to go into Clarkson after my first year at Nanaimo.  Instead, I spent the past two years in Nanaimo doing university classes at the school there.  This season I was a full time student while playing Junior hockey.  It was a tough balance but it helped me out. Days where I didn't have classes, I would get to go to practice.  It changed my perspective.  It was always such a treat when I actually got to play hockey with my team.  Not being able to go to every practice was motivating me even more every time I got on the ice.

The process of being a student athlete.  Was it challenging?

There were days where I had six or seven hours of school plus practice.  I had to miss school if we were on the road.  If we had a game on the weekends, we would have to leave on Thursday morning so I could only do school Monday through Wednesday.  It was definitely a tough balance but luckily when I got on the ice, there was nothing else I was thinking about beside hockey.  

You had the opportunity to attend the Anaheim Ducks & Calgary Flames NHL Prospect Camps this summer.  How did they go?

They snuck up on me.  I got a few last minute phone calls.  The camps I went to were awesome.  Experiencing the NHL for that week was really great.  It showed me it's definitely a level I want to play at.  Being at a camp with the Flames was surreal, as a hometown guy in Calgary.  Playing in the scrimmage at the end in a sold out rink was unreal.  My friends and family got to come out and see me play.  I got to show my stuff in front of the hometown.

What's your ultimate goal in hockey?

I want to get paid to do something that I love to do.  Experiencing those hockey camps this summer really put me into the mindset of the next level of play.

How has your Athlete Factory training helped your development as an NHL hopeful?

Hockey has made me the person I am today.  Being a good person. Staying calm in crazy situations.  The Athlete Factory gives me another edge on the ice.  I feel stronger, more powerful, and quicker coming right out of my summer training season.  I see a huge importance to this type of training for me getting to the next level.

A lot of athletes get down on themselves for not making the top team or not being the top player on their team.  Anything you'd want to tell athletes struggling in their sport?
Don't count yourself out. I was always the small guy growing up.  I never had too much hype around me as a player.  Things kind of changed in an instant for me. I was always at the local outdoor rink playing countless hours.  I'd go back and forth two or three times a day to practice.  If you really want it, it'll happen for you.  You just need to have the drive for it.  Someday if you're lucky, the hard work will pay off.
Keep an eye out for Sheldon this winter as he joins the Clarkson University Golden Knights!
Paul Balsom, Athlete Factory Founder and Performance Director, who competed in track and field for Great Britain was interviewed by the Calgary Herald for his input on the Rio Olympics 200m final. Check out the article here. 

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Amelie Schumacher, Jessie Loutit, and Elana Taub each took home a gold medal in the Canadian Henley Women's 8+ event this year.  Amelie and Jessie brought home a second gold in the Women's 4+ for the second year in a row.

Sophie Fingarson, Maggie Jugovich, and Sydney Remmington represented Calgary Zone 3 at the Alberta Summer Games in Leduc. They brought home gold in a 5-0 win during the championship game.

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