In­ter­na­tio­nal soc­cer group gives Ab­bott field hi­ghest nod

For­mer student heads men’s team

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Are­cent­ly ins­tal­led syn­the­tic field at John Ab­bott Col­lege has re­cei­ved the hi­ghest sta­tus re­com­men­da­tion pos­sible from the Fe­de­ral In­ter­na­tio­nal Foot­ball As­so­cia­tion, the soc­cer as­so­cia­tion com­mon­ly known as FIFA.

Du­ring an of­fi­cial ce­re­mo­ny held Thurs­day, the En­glish CE­GEP was awar­ded the of­fi­cial FIFA cer­ti­fi­cate by the pre­sident of GTR Turf, the com­pa­ny that ins­tal­led the al­most $3 mil­lion syn­the­tic turf that was inau­gu­ra­ted last Au­gust.

GTR Turf CEO Luc Ro­chon said the JAC’S Me­mo­rial Field was awar­ded FIFA’S hi­ghest sta­tus, a 2 Star re­com­men­da­tion, af­ter pas­sing a se­ries of strin­gent la­bo­ra­to­ry and field tests. Ac­cor­ding to John Ab­bott, on­ly twen­ty-one fields in Ca­na­da have re­cei­ved the elite ra­ting.

New men’s coach

Meanw­hile, Steve Shaw, head of JAC athletics pro­grams, re­cent­ly an­noun­ced the col­lege has al­so hi­red a new head coach for its men’s soc­cer team.

Simon Willeme, a for­mer JAC student and soc­cer player, will re­place for­mer head coach Robert Bay­lis, who re­ti­red in No­vem­ber.

Willeme, who was se­lec­ted to car­ry the Olym­pic torch for the Van­cou­ver games, gra­dua­ted from John Ab­bott and at­ten­ded Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­si­ty. He has spent years coa­ching at the re­gio­nal and school le­vel.

“Simon brings with him a wealth of coa­ching ex­pe­rience at all le­vels and we are ve­ry ex­ci­ted to have him join our staff,” Shaw said, ad­ding, “We are plan­ning to put more em­pha­sis and energy in­to our soc­cer pro­grams as we en­ter in­to our se­cond season playing on the brand new Me­mo­rial Field.”

PHO­TO KRIS­TI­NA ED­SON

Pierre Ka­ry, now for­mer mayor of Saint-la­zare, stood with fi­re­figh­ters and first re­spon­ders first re­spon­ders be­gan of­fe­ring full time ser­vice.

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