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A late start nets university education

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Tyler Fedak (right) poses for a photo after committing to the Queen's University Gaels. He'll be playing as a freshman next season and reports to camp Aug. 11. (Supplied Photo)

Tyler Fedak (right) poses for a photo after committing to the Queen's University Gaels. He'll be playing as a freshman next season and reports to camp Aug. 11. (Supplied Photo)

He’s moving on to the next level.

Portage Collegiate Institute Trojans’ receiver/returner Tyler Fedak gets to continue playing competitive football while getting an education at Queen’s University in Ontario next fall as he officially announced his commitment to the Gaels this week.

“I started playing football because it was fun and I was getting bored of hockey,” says Fedak. “Turns out I really liked enjoyed it and when I started playing for the high school team the coaches said I (football) could take me even further if I worked at it and here we are now.”

Fedak only started playing the game of football when he was just a scrappy 12-year-old who had recently moved to Portage la Prairie. He was initially a hockey player but a friend coerced him into playing for the Portage Pitbulls. Five years later and he’s one of Manitoba’s top receivers, getting selected to play for team Manitoba’s U-16 team once, and U-18 team twice. He was a leader on an off the field for PCI all three seasons and is looking forward to getting into Kinesiology at Queen’s.

“The school had talked to Gage Foster and my parents when they were sitting with them at a U-18 game when they were doing some scouting,” adds Fedak. “Mark Diboll went there too, and he gave the school high praise and it really made me want to attend. Originally I was a little bit scared to leave home but when I got there it was such a beautiful place I realized how special it would be to go there.”

Fedak met the coaches and the offensive and special teams’ coordinators while getting a tour of the faculties including the field and training facility, and the weight room. He reports to camp August 11 as a freshman and knows he’ll have to train hard and show commitment if he plans to get any playing time in his first year.


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