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Prince Albert's male athlete of the year, Lukas McConechy, isn't content with past achievements as he prepares for life after high school. The Grade 12 student at Carlton Comprehensive High School will be attending a pair of major football camps next week in an attempt to get noticed for possible scholarship opportunities and if that doesn't work out he has other irons in the fire to continue playing the game he loves.
Lukas McConechy knows what he wants out of life. Now he is setting about to accomplish that.
The Grade 12 student at Carlton Comprehensive High School, who was recently honoured as the male athlete of the year for his skills and leadership in both football and rugby, has a busy schedule leading up to Christmas.
McConechy will be in Saskatoon next Thursday for a University of Saskatchewan Huskies identification camp before moving down to Moose Jaw the next day to tryout for Team Canada, a national under-19 squad that will eventually play in a tournament next summer in the United States.
After Christmas he plans to tryout for the provincial under-19 rugby team that will attend the national championships next year and for good measure, he is compiling a dossier to send to junior football squads across the country in addition to trying to secure a spot on the north squad for the Senior Bowl, a provincial high school game that features the best players from Saskatchewan.
“I love rugby, but I love football more,” says McConechy, who was a captain on both the Crusaders’ football team and the Sask. River Dragons rugby squad. “I just love football and if something opens up I’m going to take the opportunity.”
“If that doesn’t happen, I’ve accepted that,” adds McConechy, who was also a recipient of the Prince Albert sportsman of the year award in 2012 when he helped spearhead a campaign that brought lights to Prime Ministers’ Park. The Friday Night Lights project was in honour of his close friend Max Clunie, who tragically passed away in a plane crash when they were just 15 years old.
To complete the picture, McConechy’s focus isn’t solely on sports. After watching how his family doctor went about things, McConechy hopes to get into medicine and continue “helping people.”
“I’ve seen what he (Dr. Dale Ardell) does and it interested me,” says McConechy. “I always try and keep my studies up. I’ve been on the honour role with distinction for the last three years.”
McConechy has had to deal with one of life’s true hardships -- death -- at a very young age and through that he blossomed into a leader, both on and off the playing field. With his determination, achieving his goals should be straightforward and the hard work continues beginning next week.