When Rahim Ramji headed east a year ago to attend the University of Waterloo, soccer was the last thing on his mind.
Fast forward a year and the 19-year-old St. Mary graduate is a member of the Warriors’ men’s soccer team.
“I really missed the competition,” says Ramji, a second-year kinesiology student who didn’t even audition for the squad in his freshman year. “I think it was just after New Year’s I decided to try out. I realized I had some free time and I thought I’d rather be competing then fooling around at university.”
Ramji, who played all of his youth soccer in Prince Albert, attended the training camp of the Warriors in August, but it wasn’t until he saw his name posted on the final roster that he realized he had made the team.
“When I went to the tryouts I was just thinking maybe this would bring some closure (to playing),” admits Ramji. “I had already made plans to go to Toronto.”
That trip had to be cancelled and Ramji has been working out as a forward with the Warriors ever since. Although he has only started in one game, he has enjoyed the experience despite the team’s 0-5 start to the season.
“Its tough competition,” says Ramji. “It’s really fast, but I’m enjoying it.”
With classes having just gotten under way, Ramji says playing soccer hasn’t interfered with his studies, but his decision to head to Waterloo was for school first anyway.
“So far it hasn’t gotten in the way,” says Ramji. “There has been no major studying yet.”
“I went there because they have a real good co-op program and it is a good grad school,” added Ramji.
Having a competitive fire has certainly paid off, but knowing what his priorities are will take him a long way too.
The Prince Albert Youth Soccer Association has developed some great talent in recent years as university teams in Saskatchewan are bursting with players from this area. Now the local organization can boast that one of its own is applying his knowledge and skills in Eastern Canada.