First published in the Lethbridge Herald Wednesday, June 24, 2020
It has been ten years since we honoured the first ten recipients for their contributions to sport in the Lethbridge Sport Council Achievement Awards. Athlete, sport excellence, leadership, and spirit in sport award categories span the roles that encompass community sport.
We aimed to recognize accomplishments both on and off the field of
play. Participation in sport develops physical literacy and skill base,
and a foundation promoting physical and mental health, confidence and
character, and fun through sport. We wanted to celebrate the vital role
sport has in our community.
Sport at its best helps build athletes from the inside out. Becoming
an elite athlete is a byproduct. Sport is about having fun doing
something you are good at while developing lifelong skills.
We are pleased to announce a collection of past award recipients’
profiles called, Where Are They Now? While many remain involved in
sport, with some role changes, all share how sport has contributed
positively to who they are today.
These profiles will be individually released over the coming months.
Kaleb Muller won Senior Male Athlete in 2019 and Junior Male Athlete in 2014 at the Lethbridge Sport Council Achievement Awards for his commitment and dedication in speed skating. Currently, Kaleb is on the Canadian NextGen team for speed skating. He has had the opportunity to represent Canada on the international stage. Kaleb lives and trains in Calgary. He is still 100 per cent dedicated to speed skating, reflective in his favourite quote, “It doesn’t get easier; you just get faster”.
Sport has always been a part of Kaleb’s life and it would be hard to imagine his life without it. Through sport, Kaleb has been taught skills such as work ethic, discipline, honesty, and teamwork. Sport has also shown him how selfless people are, as a competitor he often forgets that his success is due to the hard and selfless work other people put in behind the scenes. Whether that is attributed to volunteers, coaches, or family, sport is simply not possible without them. Kaleb reflects that when he will look back on this part of his life, he will be happy and thankful for everything sport has taught him and the way it has shaped him as a person. He hopes that he can give back to this “thing” that has given him so much.
Kaleb’s favourite sport’s memory is anytime he gets to represent this great country, as well as competing at the 2019 Canada Winter Games. It was a fun ten days that he got to spend with some of his best friends. He will never forget the good times and victories they had during the Games.
Watch for more Where Are They Now? profiles on our website https://lethbridgesportcouncil.ca/ or follow us on Facebook @LethbridgeSport
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