Corn­wall Cam­pus make scrum sled

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Thanks to the Weld­ing stu­dents at the Corn­wall Cam­pus of St. Lawrence Col­lege, the Kingston Var­sity Rugby teams got quite a boost for their pro­grams at their first train­ing ses­sion of the sea­son last week. The men’s and women’s teams…

Thanks to the Weld­ing stu­dents at the Corn­wall Cam­pus of St. Lawrence Col­lege, the Kingston Var­sity Rugby teams got quite a boost for their pro­grams at their first train­ing ses­sion of the sea­son last week. The men’s and women’s teams took de­liv­ery of their very own scrum sled which was pro­vided cour­tesy of the Weld­ing Fabri­ca­tion pro­gram of­fered at the Corn­wall cam­pus.

A scrum sled is a piece of equip­ment which al­lows teams to prac­tice their scrum­mag­ing— a key part of the game of rugby. The sled pro­vides coaches the op­por­tu­nity to teach proper tech­nique and body po­si­tion dur­ing scrums which in turn ad­dresses cru­cial safety is­sues for rugby play­ers.

The build­ing of a scrum sled for the rugby pro­gram was an idea put to­gether by Tri-Cam­pus Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Brad Green­wood. As a for­mer rugby player and head coach at Queen’s Uni­ver­sity, Green­wood is no stranger to the game and saw an op­por­tu­nity to uti­lize some of the syn­ergy within the col­lege to help fill this equip­ment need for his rugby pro­gram. “ Since I over­see ath­let­ics at all three cam­puses I am fa­mil­iar with the breadth and depth of the aca­demic pro­grams that are of­fered across all of St. Lawrence Col­lege,” stated Green­wood, “ In talk­ing with Don Fair­weather, the Dean of the Corn­wall cam­pus, I was made aware of the qual­ity of the weld­ing pro­gram there, and how they gen­er­ally learn in a project-based en­vi­ron­ment. A light bulb went on for me re­gard­ing the need of a scrum sled for our rugby pro­grams and how I could pos­si­bly get the Weld­ing pro­gram to help us. On our be­half, Don Fair­weather con­tacted Paul Mod­de­man and An­dre Al­laire, teach­ers in the Weld­ing pro­gram, to ask for their help. My col­leagues at Queen’s Ath­let­ics al­lowed me to take pho­tos and mea­sure­ments from their scrum sled to pro­vide an ex­am­ple from which the weld­ing pro­gram could work from, and the rest, as they say, is his­tory.”

This project pro­vided stu­dents in the Weld­ing Fabri­ca­tion pro­gram the op­por­tu­nity to work on a unique project while also pro­vid­ing much needed equip­ment for some of their fel­low stu­dents. Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Green­wood added, “ It is great that a group of stu­dents on one St. Lawrence Col­lege cam­pus could help a group of stu­dents on one of the other cam­puses in such a way. The qual­ity of the sled they have crafted is as good as I have seen— we are very for­tu­nate.”

The new scrum sled was de­liv­ered to the rugby field at St. Lawrence Col­lege last week just in time for the first prac­tice of the sea­son and was im­me­di­ately put into use by the men’s team.

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