Written by Mitchell Dick
Photo by Pablo Macedo
MEXICO CITY, Mexico – For the second straight year, Team Canada has taken home gold medals at the IFAF U19 World Championships, the team’s third gold overall.
The Canadians took down host Mexico in a tight 13-7 battle over the weekend, marking the first time that any country has won back to back golds.
Ravens football Head Coach Steve Sumarah was the national team’s head coach for the tournament and says everyone came together quickly.
“The players were amazing to work with. In a short time they jelled together and played incredibly well as the tournament progressed, especially in the final against a very good Mexican team.”
Having been around the junior program for several years, Sumarah adds he isn’t surprised to see such growth.
“The Junior National team continues to take steps forward. The event has only been a formal event since 2009 so it is still growing across the globe. From a Canadian perspective, more and more players are seeing the exposure and experience they can have with the demand continuing to grow.”
This gold medal in particular had the Ravens’ fingerprints all over it. In addition to Coach Sumarah, the national team featured current players Danny McWhirter, Cole Hepburn and Matthew Goodall, all of whom Sumarah said made major contributions to the program. Along with the players were J.P. Asselin as Offensive Coordinator, Adam Davies as Head Athletic Therapist, Stefan Carty as Video Coordinator and Wayne Baird as Equipment Manager.
They’ll all be back to their Ravens duties quickly as training camp opens August 10.