Former Hawk hopes to shine for Knights
By Darren Lum
Aug. 30, 2016
A Red Hawks’ wide out is aiming to be the best Knight he can be this semester in hopes of furthering his academics and football dreams to play in the Canadian Football League.
Kyle Lavergne contacted the Echo from St. Catharines at his newest school, the Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada, about the opportunity and the challenges of living away from home for the first time and an intensive two-week training camp with more than two hours of practice and an hour of condition film meetings each day. All this and classes don’t begin until Sept. 6.
He knows there is a long road to the professional ranks so it’s all about the here and now.
“Taking it one step at a time. Focusing on where I want to attend school next September,” he wrote in an email.
Right now, Lavergne is looking at going to a Canadian post-secondary institution because he believes the “education system is better.” The standout player for the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School and the Peterborough Wolves for the past few years has already received scholarship offers from the University of Alberta and the University of Ottawa, which is discussing options. Fluent in French, he said, Ottawa would work for him as far as a teaching career. Other areas of study he has considered are sports management and psychology. This past week he was busy with training camp, preparing for the start of his season. Even with a partial scholarship earned because of a highlight video that impressed the coach, Lavergne said he isn’t assured of starting and is putting in the effort to earn his spot with the team that has a regular slate of games in the U.S., which started in Ohio this past weekend. The team has already played exhibition games in Maryland and Kentucky. He will live at the school in a dorm with three other players until December when he plans to work full time to save for university.
Lavergne, who stands well under six feet, hasn’t forgotten his roots and the people who helped him to become the player and person he is.
“Living in Halliburton has given me the opportunity to try out a bunch of different sports such as hockey, track, basketball and football. I’m glad I started playing football in Grade 9 for our high school because I never was going to because I was always told I was too small and stuff. So it was a last-minute decision to play football. If I didn’t make that last-minute decision I wouldn’t be where I am today,” he said. “Also, I want to thank coach Griff [Bruce Griffith], coach Raavo [Laidla], coach [Derek] Little, and coach [Tim] Davies for all their time and generosity in making me the best football player I can be. Once a Hawk, always a Hawk.”