News Post — June 17, 2022

Athlete Feature: Cole Kennedy

By Sarah Tone, Communications Coordinator

Box Lacrosse is back in the Canada Games program for the first time since 1985, with games slated to take place at Canada Games Park – a brand new legacy facility of the 2022 Canada Summer Games.

Cole Kennedy is one of Team Manitoba’s top defenders and will wear the A on his jersey as he represents our province in Niagara. 

“Lacrosse is my favourite sport. I enjoy the speed, the friendships I’ve made, and the social aspect of playing a team sport.”

Cole is so passionate about lacrosse, that he’s even tried to recruit his friends and other teammates to give the sport a try. 

“This is the first year we really got [the team] going so I asked my hockey friends to come play with me. We all encourage each other and we’re all multi-sport athletes so if we can help increase exposure of lacrosse, we can help the sport grow.”

Cole’s love for sport comes from the thrill of the competition and his determination to win. He has a lot of fun playing sports and knows he’s fortunate to have had the opportunity to play many different sports. 

 

The Benefits of Multi-Sport

A multi-sport advocate, Cole is living proof that participating in multiple sports makes you a well-rounded athlete. 

“One thing that’s great [about playing many sports] is I don’t have to go out of my way to go for a jog, or try to stay fit. I have my sports in the evening, I can burn off all my energy, and I can be with my friends.”

“I like the speed and contact of the sports I play. I like being active and knowing that I have some [sport] every day to keep me busy and fit.”

Cole’s played lacrosse since he was five years old. He’s in grade 11 now and plays for the Oak Park Raiders. He’s also playing hockey and football for his high school teams.  

Cole attributes his motivation and love for all types of sport and activity to his parents, who encourage him, support him, and lead active lifestyles themselves. 

 

The Next Chapter

This summer’s Games will be Cole’s first, and he’s looking forward to the entire experience. 

“I’ve been to nationals for lacrosse before, so to get the opportunity to meet some of the best athletes from all over Canada will be super cool.”

He hopes to explore Niagara Falls, take in the festival and social experiences outside of competition, and hopefully come back home with a gold medal.

 

Follow Team Manitoba’s journey to the 2022 Canada Summer Games on Instagram @teamtoba

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