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Be The Best – play lacrosse

Boldly stolen from the BMS Insider, the following questions were asked of Jishan Sharples now at McGill.

Love it all.  That’s Be The Best!!

Read the full story and more here:  JOURNEYS

What role did your family have in helping you get to where you are now?

My parents exceeded every single possible role that is listed in the parents handbook to raising a lacrosse player. My dad introduced me to lacrosse when I was 5 and has been my coach, support system, idol, and inspiration for the last 14 years. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Even though my mom wasn’t the biggest fan of contact sports, her continual drive and push for my educational success has landed me at one of the top schools in the world.

Favourite on-field memory from being part of the Burnaby Mountain Selects program?

Winning gold and defeating the Island Selects in the 2008 World Youth Invitational after losing to them during round robin.

Favourite off-field memory from your travels with the Burnaby Mountain Selects?

Hanging out with the boys at the hotel. It was great to finally get to know some of the players you competed with in box lacrosse all your life.

What is the best piece of advice that you have ever received?

You play a finite number of lacrosse games in your life so play every game like its your last. My dad told me this a few years ago and even though it seems a bit cliche, you don’t really learn to appreciate this until you’re able to count how many more games you have in your career.

What advice would you give younger BMS players aspiring to play at the collegiate level?

Always remember that your education is the most important thing when it comes to choosing a university. Find a school where you will be able to get a solid education and are able to play lacrosse as a side. Don’t be disappointed if you contact a coach and he is not interested. Start early and don’t always be set on going to one school. Your going to be changing your choices 100 times over and over again and the school that you end up with might not have been one that was on your top 5 list.

By Randy Friesen

Randy Friesen is a business strategist, manager and educator based in Vancouver, BC and Detroit, Michigan. He is also a husband and father. He loves the creative process and is active in creating art and music.

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