The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Sweat Science Boxing provides its members with high-level boxing training and an intense workout, but Coach Mike Smallwood wants to create an upbeat and friendly environment for all who train there — which is precisely what he enjoys about coaching.

“One of the cooler things about working here is that I get the opportunity to help people access this sport in a non-threatening, really welcoming way,” Smallwood says.

The sport of boxing may make people shy away, as it is typically associated with violence.

At Sweat Science though, it’s all about creating a fun and upbeat environment, while still keeping the hardcore workout as a focal point.

Mount Royal University soccer coach Ryan Gyaki has always loved soccer, but an injury-ridden career in Europe resulted in him switching to coaching a lot sooner than he had planned. Although his career as an athlete was cut short, he says he has fallen in love with the game even more as a coach.

Gyaki always loved soccer as a child — even having the opportunity to represent his country at a youth level on Team Canada.

Despite difficult beginnings in his professional career, Carson Focht is looking ahead to the National Hockey League (NHL), after putting in hard work as a player in the Western Hockey League (WHL).

It has been a busy month of November for the MRU sports teams, who are looking forward to their long December break before getting back into action in 2020.