‘Re­nais­sance man’ ruth­less on court

Regina Leader-Post - - SPORTS - VICKI HALL vhall@postmedia.com

Ryan Sclater is known at Trin­ity Western Univer­sity ev­ery bit as much for his love of English lit­er­a­ture as for his prow­ess on the vol­ley­ball court.

While many stu­dent ath­letes are con­sumed by their sport, Sclater is the poster child for liv­ing a bal­anced life. The 23-yearold from Port Co­quit­lam, B.C. is a devout Chris­tian, loving hus­band, ded­i­cated scholar and fan­tas­tic vol­ley­ball player — in that or­der.

The Canada West male athlete of the year is one of four male fi­nal­ists— for the 2016-17 BLG Award.

The win­ners of the male and fe­male BLG Awards, hon­our­ing the top ath­letes in U Sports, will be an­nounced May 1 at a cer­e­mony in Cal­gary.

“For me, it’s al­ways been a nor­mal thing to be fully in­volved in both athletics and aca­demics,” Sclater said Thurs­day. “That was al­ways just some­thing I as­sumed was nor­mal, which I later found it wasn’t. I’ve learned a lot about hav­ing to pick to the things that are ab­so­lutely the most im­por­tant and to com­mit to those things.”

When Sclater com­mits, he is all in. On the vol­ley­ball court, the six-foot-seven out­side hit­ter led Trin­ity Western — based in Langley, B.C. — to a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive na­tional ti­tle. He fin­ished fifth in the coun­try in both kills (4.29) and points (5.0) per set, es­tab­lish­ing sin­gle-sea­son and ca­reer school records in both sta­tis­ti­cal cat­e­gories.

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