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Prairie Rose School students
recently had a chance to spend an afternoon in football training camp, thanks
to a visit from new Winnipeg Blue Bomber Nic Demski.
Mr. Demski, who spent the two
previous seasons playing slotback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, visited
Prairie Rose to teach students some flag football basics.
“We want students to know that
there are more options available to them than just tackle football,” said Phys.
Ed. Teacher Scott Smoke. “Flag/touch football is getting more and more popular
these days. Having someone like Nic here, who plays football professionally, is
just a great promotion for the game.”
One of the areas Mr. Demski
addressed was a common problem area for many students: how to a catch a
football. The old adage of ‘keep your eyes on the ball’ still holds true.
“I always ask the kids when I
coach, ‘what’s the first body part you catch a ball with?’” he said. “Some of
them will say the hands, but to be honest, it’s your eyes. As long as you have
your eyes open, you’ll know where the ball is and you can secure it with your
The Blue Bomber told students aim
the tip of the football between their hands, and then use their hands to bring
the ball to the body.
Mr. Demski is no stranger to the
city, as he was both born and raised in Winnipeg. In fact, he attended Oak Park
High School with Mr. Smoke.
“I love doing this kind of stuff
and being out in the community,” Mr. Demski said. “It feels awesome to be back
in Winnipeg. I grew up here and I’ve played in our stadium already as a
(University of Manitoba) Bison, so why not as a Bomber as well.”
The Bombers were initially invited
to visit Prairie Rose during I Love to Read Month by teacher Debbie Bray. While
the team didn’t have the personnel available at the time (many players
live/train outside of Winnipeg in the off-season), officials promised to send
someone later in the spring.
“It means so much to these kids,
most of them have never met a professional athlete,” Ms. Bray said. “This is
really getting the students hyped up for football season.”