TRURO, N.S. — It was an virtually indescribable feeling as I entered the CEC gymnasium not too long ago.
Lining the partitions the place you enter are the faces and accomplishments of many former excellent athletes, a really touching reflection on the college’s nice sports activities historical past. Getting into the large fitness center, it was an enjoyment getting to speak store with athletic director (AD) Marc Roberts.
An early query for the AD was about these names on the gear room doorways positioned subsequent door to his workplace. On one door, properly printed, have been the names Bob Piers, Rick Kaupp, Bob Gibbs, and Keith MacKenzie. The following door had the names Chris Bernard, Scottie Annand, and Mike MacKay inscribed.
“I notice that none of those individuals did what they did for any private purpose,” Roberts, of Truro, mentioned. “It’s simply one thing I wished to do to recollect them, to pay tribute to them. These of us who educate bodily schooling (phys-ed) at CEC, all of us had these lecturers once we have been college students at this faculty.”
Colleagues of Roberts, who make up the phys-ed workers embody Shawn Wolfe, Jeff MacKinnon, Jason Williams, Kevin Hayden, and the latest arrival Nigel Energy.
“They’re extraordinarily hard-working, devoted, and obsessed with bodily schooling,” Roberts mentioned. “Our jobs are altering considerably with the occasions, however the children are nonetheless what it’s all about.”
Roberts famous the significance of all coaches.
“We proceed in these occasions to attempt to discover teacher-coaches at CEC, however there’s a shift for reliance on group coaches to have the ability to supply all the things we provide. This can be a change from earlier years.”
Because the dialog switched to the college’s gymnasium, Roberts mentioned that he wouldn’t commerce this fitness center for some other.
“Functionally, you possibly can’t beat what Keith (MacKenzie) designed, our fitness center has two full-size cross-court basketball courts, as our courts. As nicely, now we have two properly spaced cross-court volleyball courts and eight well-spaced badminton courts. Our complete group has reaped the advantages of Keith’s imaginative and prescient or plan.”
In going ahead, we talked about objectives. On the prime of the listing, beneath College Sport Nova Scotia (SSNS), is Roberts’ need to offer a school-sport expertise for the scholars of CEC.
“The time-consuming half is making an attempt to assist our volunteer coaches,” Roberts mentioned. “There are someplace between 70 and 80 in complete. Coaches who quit their time to assist present sports activities for college kids. I attempt to hold them within the loop and allow them to know they’re appreciated.”
We mentioned defending the administration and the principal concerning journey and following faculty guidelines.
“Now we have to make sure the scholars are eligible to play sports activities, they need to qualify academically. This job retains you hopping, after which one thing else comes up.”
Roberts defined that each Monday, to start out the week, he sends out a weekly CEC sports activities replace which works to all of the coaches and all the college’s lecturers.
“This manner all the things is obvious on the rosters, the teaching workers, and electronic mail addresses. That is having the connection in order that college students know that their lecturers know. Keith (MacKenzie) and Bob (Piers) and Mike (MacKay) all referred to as it a ‘custom of excellence,’ … I’m simply making an attempt to hold this on.”
When requested about his half in teaching faculty sports activities, the 15-year CEC AD suggested that he coaches the boy’s varsity basketball group, monitor and subject, and badminton.
“I additionally coach supported athletes (Particular Olympics), it’s a fairly particular group to teach.”
In speaking with Roberts, there was a sense of being near the motion. Thrilling matters touched on included CEC profitable 11 provincial titles throughout the 2021-22 faculty 12 months, feminine athlete of the 12 months Jenna Adams – a multisport athlete – heading off to the College of New Brunswick this fall the place she’s going to play volleyball, and Erik Hayden being named the male athlete of the 12 months. Erik will attend Acadia College and be part of the boys’s basketball group.
Each Adams and Hayden are additionally competing within the Canada Video games this summer time.
“I’m excited for these two children,” Roberts mentioned. “Jenna and Erik have been working for a very long time to get to the place they’re.”
Subsequent week’s column – “The highway that led to changing into the CEC athletic director.” Certainly, Marc Roberts has had an fascinating journey … _________________________________________________________
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CEC athletic director Marc Roberts teaching the Cougars varsity boys’ basketball group, versus Horton Excessive College, throughout the provincial championship final spring. – File Picture