An up­right guy

Truro na­tive says TAAC Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Project would be a huge win for the town

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Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers place kicker Brett Lau­ther has thrown his sup­port be­hind the TAAC Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Project, to help his home com­mu­nity.

The TAAC Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Project has re­ceived a ring­ing en­dorse­ment from one of the top kick­ers in the CFL.

Brett Lau­ther, a Truro na­tive and mem­ber of the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers, has put his sup­port be­hind the project, which aims to up­grade the grounds by adding an all-weather foot­ball/soc­cer field sur­rounded by an eight-lane syn­thetic run­ning track and a reg­u­la­tion throw­ing area.

“The project would help so many dif­fer­ent sports teams and train­ing for all dif­fer­ent ages/lev­els of com­pe­ti­tion,” Lau­ther said on the project’s Face­book page. “Not hav­ing a turf field to train on in one of the larger com­mu­ni­ties in the prov­ince out­side of the HRM just doesn’t make sense.”

In its cur­rent state, the TAAC Grounds doesn’t meet stan­dards needed for some sports, leav­ing Truro un­able to host its own district or re­gional track-and-field school meets, and forc­ing other sports like soc­cer, lacrosse and rugby to move to other lo­ca­tions.

There are at least 13 all-weather foot­ball or soc­cer fields in other parts of Nova Sco­tia, and Lau­ther would like to see the Hubtown added to that list. He said it would be a huge ben­e­fit to all area youth.

“Sports have given me so many things grow­ing up; con­fi­dence, how to deal with author­ity, con­flict man­age­ment, con­cen­tra­tion, sense of iden­tity, how to fol­low rules, and self-dis­ci­pline. I would love to per­son­ally come home af­ter months of be­ing away and be able to help grow the game of foot­ball in my own com­mu­nity.

“I have a younger sis­ter, cousins and other fam­ily still in the com­mu­nity that this project would be very ben­e­fi­cial for.”

Lau­ther is en­joy­ing a bril­liant sea­son in the CFL. He has con­nected on 39 of 42 field goals for a 92.9 per cent suc­cess rate. Last week he booted a 56-yard field goal – his sec­ond from that dis­tance this year – in the dy­ing min­utes of the game to life the Roughrid­ers to a 30-29 vic­tory over the Toronto Arg­onauts. He is on pace to break the team record for field-goal ac­cu­racy (90.6) set by Dave Ridg­way in 1993.

Lau­ther’s tes­ti­mo­nial on the group’s Face­book page is one of sev­eral from ath­letes, coaches and com­mu­nity vol­un­teers. A three­year fundrais­ing cam­paign for the TAAC Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Project is un­der­way, with a goal to raise $6 mil­lion – $2 mil­lion from cor­po­rate spon­sor­ships, $2 mil­lion from govern­ment/sport grants, and $2 mil­lion from the com­mu­nity.

As part of the re­vi­tal­iza­tion ef­fort, a new base­ball field is to be built else­where in the com­mu­nity.

SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRID­ERS PHOTO

Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers place kicker Brett Lau­ther has thrown his sup­port be­hind the TAAC Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Project, say­ing a new multi-pur­pose fa­cil­ity in Truro will be a huge ben­e­fit to youth in the town and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

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