Back to football for a alpine skier

Retour au football pour un skieur alpin

Team member of the Quebec alpine ski in 2018 and 2019, Marc-Eugene Hallman has taken over taste of the football, and he will join the Carabins of the Université de Montréal after a break of five years.

The reconciliation of the two sports is still common, but rather rare between downhill skiing and football. “In 15 years, I’ve had to make a choice because I couldn’t do both sports,” said guy of 6 feet 5 inches and 250 pounds, who started alpine skiing at the age of eight years. It is rare for a big and tall guy like me practice alpine skiing, but this was not a disadvantage. After two years with the Quebec team, I took a break last year. I loved skiing as much as I would have liked and I was bored of the football. If I did not make the change now, I would have regretted it all my life. ”

Absent from the map of football in the past five years, Hallman and his parents have agreed to contact a few university teams in order to probe their interest in a player whose last game was in the fall of 2014 into the ranks bantams.

“I sent an email to the coaches of Montreal, Concordia and Sherbrooke in the hope that at least one of them reminds me of,” he stressed. It was a good surprise when the three have shown interest. The choice was not easy, but Montreal put on a very good team, a good business school [HEC] and I knew the two players [Moustapha Fall and Louis Archambault] from the time of the Grizzly bears of Boucherville. The coaches have been welcoming during my visit to a training in February. The prospect of seeing the field more quickly elsewhere has also been a factor, but not the most important. ”


How glimpse-it is his first season as a university? “I don’t think I see the field, but I’m going to put all the efforts to get there, he mentioned. It’s going to be a good challenge, but I’m going to work very hard. I’m going to live a year of adjustment. It is clear that this is going to be completely different from my last year in 2014. I don’t think being rusty as it is. I don’t believe in having lost so much. I kept in shape and I have followed football closely. ”

Used as a linebacker in the ranks of civilians, Senécal will evolve as defensive end with the Carabins, a position that is better suited to his physique.

If its through a sporting career is atypical, the same goes for his academic path. “Ski, I missed a lot of school and college was not an option, explained the forecastle of 20 years. So I made a grade 12 at Lower Canada College in Montreal. I can enter directly to the University, but I will need to do one more year. “

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