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Ravens Varsity Athletes get involved in Succeed Clean Program

Written by Taylor Prichard, Sports Information

Photo by Carleton Athletics. Back Row (left to right): Devon Sutherland (Rowing), Sergeant Jeff Pilon (Ottawa Police), Austin Stanton (Water Polo), Sharon Schuppe (Fencing), Ryan Kublek (Football). Front Row (left to right): Davie Beaudin (Rugby) and Emma Thuot (Rugby)

(OTTAWA, ON) — Starting today, Carleton Ravens varsity athletes will participate in a school visit program to talk to middle school students and high school students about Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs (APEDs) and succeeding clean in sport and life.

Succeed Clean is an APEDs community service and education program that targets youth in Grades 7-12. The program, which initially began in Kitchener-Waterloo in 2012, assists students who are aiming to become collegiate athletes with the necessary education to live a healthier lifestyle.

According to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), the goal of the program is to reduce the use of APEDs by creating and disseminating effective education and information tools for children and youth, parents, educators and coaches.

This year will mark the first time that the Carleton Ravens and the Ravens Varsity Council have been involved in this meaningful endeavour. Several Ravens student-athletes will volunteer their time as peer-mentors and make three to four school presentations during the remainder of the 2015-16 academic calendar. Each presentation will last approximately 60-90 minutes in length and will involve three peer-mentors.

Ravens men’s soccer captain, Michael Calof, who acts as the co-President of the Ravens Varsity Council, says that getting involved in Succeed Clean was an easy decision, as all of the student-athlete volunteers have had experiences with the CIS Doping Control Program, an initiative done in cooperation with the CCES.

“I think that using student-athletes to communicate information about the (Succeed Clean) program is a brilliant strategy and it also addresses a vital issue in sports,” said Calof, the recipient of the 2015 OUA East Community Service Award.

Calof feels that the first step to creating understanding in the subject area is to have early education for those interested in pursuing sport at a higher level.

“I truly believe it is more meaningful for young people to hear the message coming from current varsity student-athletes as well and so do all of our student-athletes who have graciously stepped up to be a part of the program.”

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The following Ravens varsity athletes have successfully completed training to become Succeed Clean peer-mentors:

Davie Beaudin – Rugby
Ryan Kublek – Football
Daria Lutz – Rowing
Sharon Schuppe – Fencing
Austin Stanton – Water Polo
Devon Sutherland – Rowing
Emma Thuot – Rugby

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(L-R): Carleton’s Devon Sutherland (Rowing), uOttawa’s Morgan McNeil and Carleton’s Davie Beaudin (Rugby) deliver the first presentation for the Succeed Clean program at Carleton Heights Public School (January 27, 2016).

Schedule:

Wed. Jan. 27/16 – 9 a.m. – Carleton Heights Public School, 1660 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa
Tues. Feb. 9/16 – 10 a.m. – Queen Elizabeth Public School, 689 St. Laurent Blvd.
Tues. Feb. 9/16 – 11:45 a.m. – Queen Elizabeth Public School, 689 St. Laurent Blvd.
Tues. Feb. 9/16 – 12:45 p.m. – Queen Elizabeth Public School, 689 St. Laurent Blvd.