Former CW MVP Farthing Fuelling Fitness Success
graduate, then went on to earn his Masters at the University of
Regina, while also working towards various certi cations.
To appreciate the vision Dan and his U of S teammates had nearly
three decades ago, one only need look at the current landscape in
Canada West. Their attitude and methods, largely non-existent in
the late 80s, have become fundamental to every program.
“I think the situation is very di erent now, and that’s a testament
to football and year-round sports, and the quality of coaching and
the quality of athletics – the day-in, day-out competition that a
Canada West player faces, not even on the playing eld, but also on
the practice eld,” says Dan, who counts numerous past and present
Canada West athletes from a variety of sports among his Level 10
clients and sta .
“When I made the jump to the CFL, it was very dramatic. As good as
Canada West was as a football conference, the jump to go try and
run routes in the CFL against defensive backs who just came out of
the Big 10, Pac 10 and SEC, it was like, ‘Holy cow, this is a giant step
“I think that transition is not as great right now, and that’s kudos
to everybody that’s been involved with Canada West football from
my time to now,” Dan continues. “I think players are very prepared
to play, very prepared to make the jump right on to a roster and
maybe even into a starting lineup, but then it wasn’t (the case).”
Indeed, times have changed, intensi ed by the rapid evolution of
sport science. Never mind a generation ago; “you look back at what
you were doing four or ve years ago and think I would never do
that now,” says Dan.
But if the methodologies are di erent, the ideology forever remains
the same. What made Dan a champion back then is a prerequisite
for today’s successful athlete.
“I saw what it did for me,” says Dan. “I saw the emotion and pride
that it created in myself and my teammates at that time, so to be
able to teach and help coach someone on a process that helps them
have that same feeling of accomplishment and realization of a goal
… is kind of what we do. And we’ve been around for 15 years, so I
think we’re doing pretty good.”
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