Pit­man had an amaz­ing sum­mer

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - Kristina Se­gall

Ethan Pit­man, new to the Al­berta Sport Devel­op­ment Cen­tre — South­east's Ath­lete En­hance­ment Pro­gram this year, had a sum­mer to re­mem­ber.

He par­tic­i­pated in the White­caps FC soc­cer camp when it came to Medicine Hat. Dur­ing this camp, he took part in a skills com­pe­ti­tion. Out of 5,000 par­tic­i­pants across Canada, his re­sults put him among the top 100 based on his point score as well as his at­ti­tude. He was in­vited to take part in the first ever White­caps FC Skills Chal­lenge fi­nale in Van­cou­ver.

In ad­di­tion to the skills com­pe­ti­tion in­vi­ta­tion, Pit­man got a tour of the team's play­ers fa­cil­ity and was given tick­ets to a White­caps home game. As a spe­cial bonus, all fi­nal­ists had the op­por­tu­nity to be on the pitch dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony of the MLS match as flag bear­ers.

Out of all 5,000 par­tic­i­pants, Ethan won the en­tire com­pe­ti­tion! He re­ceived a soc­cer ball au­to­graphed by White­caps FC play­ers. He said the ex­pe­ri­ence was amaz­ing and helped him to re­al­ize what it takes to play at a pro­fes­sional level, which is his dream.

Ethan, who moved to Medicine Hat from Grande Prairie two sum­mers ago, is set­tling in quite nicely. He has made many great friends so far. He plays soc­cer for the un­der-17 Rat­tlers Ath­letic Soc­cer Club team, as well as volleyball for Medicine Hat High School. His ap­pli­ca­tion to our Ath­lete En­hance­ment Pro­gram was highly rec­om­mended by his club soc­cer coach, Travis Hyde. In Travis’s rec­om­men­da­tion let­ter he high­lighted that Ethan was ex­tremely coach­able, very in­tel­li­gent and ea­ger to learn. Ethan was a team player and a leader on and off the field. With­out hes­i­ta­tion, Ethan was ac­cepted into our pro­gram. We want ath­letes that are com­mit­ted to reach­ing the next level, and have the ath­leti­cism, lead­er­ship, team­work and drive to im­prove their sport per­for­mance.

Ethan looks up to pro­fes­sional foot­baller Kevin De Bruyne, who plays for Manch­ester City. He plays mid­field and is ranked among the best play­ers in Europe. Ethan, as a fel­low mid­fielder, likes to watch De Bruyne as he ad­mires his com­po­sure and his fan­tas­tic play mak­ing skills.

Ethan is ex­celling in the ASDC pro­gram and en­joys our 6:30 a.m. work­outs. He had noth­ing but pos­i­tive things to say about our strength and con­di­tion­ing coach, Alex Gra­ham. Upon grad­u­a­tion, Ethan wants to play for a U.S. post-se­condary in­sti­tu­tion with the goal of be­ing re­cruited by a pro­fes­sional team.

It is a plea­sure hav­ing Ethan in our Ath­lete En­hance­ment Pro­gram. He has the drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion to reach the next level. He has been play­ing soc­cer since he was four years old and has built the pas­sion, tal­ent, work ethic, at­ti­tude and com­mit­ment to reach his goals. His work ethic and tal­ent will take him any­where he wants to go.

Kristina Se­gall is the co­or­di­na­tor of the Al­berta Sport Devel­op­ment Cen­tre — South­east and she would love to hear from you and chat with you about the ASDC-SE pro­grams and ser­vices. She can be reached via email at [email protected] and via phone at 403-504-3547.

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