June 3, 2014 8:47 pm

Regina’s first sports academy gets high interest

REGINA – Dozens of parents and students attended an information presentation on Regina’s first ever sports academy on Tuesday afternoon at the Co-operators Centre.

“This is a great idea because then I don’t have to spend time in, like, mechanics that I’m not really interested in, I can be playing baseball,’” said high school student Braydon Cobb.

Martin Academy will be located inside Martin Collegiate Institute, and is expected to open this fall.

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The academy will offer streams on baseball, hockey, and softball as well as include a ‘premier performance’ class for all athletes.

“They’re speed skaters. They’re divers. They’re rowers. They’re in judo. They’re in all those sports where those students have never been catered to in an education environment,” Rob Cherepuschak, a coordinator of the academy.

School schedules will be flexible. The idea is to find a harmony between academics and sports.

Cobb, 15, has big aspirations to pitch in the MLB.

His mom, Kim Cobb, knows the importance of getting a good education. She’s been a teacher for 20 years.

“I think it’s a fantastic opportunity. I look at it like they’re doing the exact same courses they would be doing in any other high school in the city except for the opportunity to pursue their own sport of choice every afternoon,” said Kim.

If all goes as planned, juggling homework and baseball practice will get much easier for Braydon when he transfers to the academy next school year.

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