Marco Schumann • Saskatoon • Speed Skating
Like many children growing up, Marco Schumann eagerly followed his older brother around and wanted to be just like him. This pursuit led him to the ice, where he learned speed skating.
"My brother starting skating when he was younger, so I started as well," Schumann said. From the beginning, Schumann discovered that he indeed had a need for speed. His passion for speed skating was evident and he worked hard to progress in the sport.
"I find that speed skating is a fun sport," he said. "It's exciting and it's something I enjoy doing."
Schumann is a finalist in the 2017 Youth-Male Athlete of the Year for the Saskatchewan Sport Awards-an annual awards program of Sask Sport Inc. designed to celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of Saskatchewan amateur athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers.
There were many notable athletic highlights for him last year. He placed sixth in the 1,500 metre and ranked 10th overall at the International Skating Union (ISU) World Junior Short Track Championships. He won gold in the 1,500m Super Final and ranked third overall at the December 2016 Canadian Junior Short Track Championships. At the Canadian Open National Short Track Qualifier, he won bronze in the 1,000m, placed fourth in the 1,500m and finished fourth overall.
"After my performance last year, it felt like my hard work had paid off," Schumann said. "I felt proud of myself."
In the future, Schumann hopes to make the national team and participate in the Olympics. For Schumann, the benefits of sport go beyond competing in major events and winning medals. He feels that sport teaches people all sorts of qualities that can help them in their everyday lives. Through sport, he has been able to make new friends and travel to new places. He has also developed into a role model.
"I want to set a good example for younger athletes," he said. "I want them to know that if they commit to their goals they can become a reality."
What makes Marco Schumann #SaskProud?
"I am thankful to all the volunteers, coaches, officials and organizations that are part of amateur sport system in Saskatchewan for supporting me and helping me achieve my goals."
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