TAYLOR  (STEWART) STERLING 

Give us a brief overview of what life looks like for you nowadays?
Newly married and moved into a house in the past 6 months so lots of projects on the go-between renovations and working on the garden! Continuing to work out, run, and playing on recreation slow pitch and handball teams during the season to keep me busy. Pretty involved in work and have joined a few industry leadership boards while working on getting my Certified Human Resources Professional designation on the side. Recently got into camping and hiking which is perfect during quarantine!
How did you first get into your current career track/profession?
I started working as a receptionist in the summers during university at the construction company my dad and brother work for. After getting my business degree, I got hired on full time in the same company doing business development and marketing and have now moved into a brand ambassador and recruiting role.
Are you still involved with the handball community and in touch with your handball teammates?
I coached high school for a few years but now am proud to have coached my younger brothers this past year in U13 league. I would like to continue to coach and give back in some capacity. I am so happy I still keep in touch with a lot of the players in a few different generations from my handball career and still consider them some of my closest friends.
What was your favorite Competition that you competed in for Alberta and Canada?
My favorite competition for Alberta was winning gold at nationals at home with the dream team. Winning with all my friends and the support or friends and family was unreal. My favorite competition with Team Canada was the whole process of getting to Pan Ams from tryouts in Norway and USA to the experience in the athlete village was indescribable.
Do you feel like you apply any parts of your Handball values in your current life?
I definitely feel like I use these values every day. Handball taught me leadership, teamwork, and strategy. It taught me discipline and how to reach goals as well as how to lose gracefully which is needed every day in work and personal life. The most would be friendship though and the importance of having a good support system.

PARKER LOVE 

Give us a brief overview of what life looks like for you nowadays? 

 

Currently working full time for a company called QI Supply, which is involved mostly with Nickel & Cobalt mining around the world, among other things. It’s given me the opportunity to travel quite a bit so far (not as much as handball yet), but I’m loving the work. I recently finished my Canadian Securities Course and looking at opportunities to further my education in Finance & Business. Personally, I’m moving in with my girlfriend in the next couple of months, trying to stay active with sports and enjoying my time with family & friends. 

 

How did you first get into your current career track/profession? 

 

Honestly, I fell into the job. Had just left my recent job for a company called Whiteridge, and there was a need for help at another company with ties close to us. Went to help out for a few days at QI, and still here two years later. 

 

Are you still involved with the handball community & in touch with your handball teammates? 

 

Still active playing in ATHL with Sherwood Park, yes. I love to see how the younger generations are doing & keep up with the ATHF posts on social media as well, even if I’m not as involved as I was in the past. And I always try to keep in touch with my old teammates. ATHF & Handball gave me some of my best friends in the world, and people that I will be friends with forever. Always love to hear from my old teammates, competitors & coaches. Some I talk to every day, some I talk to once a year. But always good to hear from old teammates. 

 

What was your favourite competition that you competed in for Alberta and Canada? 

 

To have so many options to choose from is really a blessing. As much as I loved the international tournaments (Iceland, Japan, Italy, etc), I have to say Nationals, specifically in Sherwood Park in 2014 & 2018. Being able to win a gold medal there in both Senior & Junior levels was an incredible feeling. 

 

For Canada, it would probably have to be the IHF Challenge Cup in Puerto Rico. Winning the finals against USA has to be among my favorite games that I've ever played, and to win that tournament was one of the best feelings in the world. 

 

Do you feel like you apply any parts of your Handball values in your current life? 

 

Absolutely. The experiences & values that handball helped shape will be with me for the rest of my life. It taught me how hard you need to work to succeed at nearly anything in life. Handball taught me determination, sacrifice, & dedication. But the biggest thing handball taught me was teamwork for sure. 

 

I’m incredibly thankful for Mike, for everything that he has done for me, and for what he does for absolutely anyone who plays or has played handball in Alberta. I’m also very thankful to my other coaches (Tyrell Johnson, Josh Sickler, Alexis Bertrand, and many more) for the sacrifices that they made for me, and to help me throughout my years in handball. And I couldn’t be more thankful for all of the people I met throughout the years in handball. 

MAX WAGG

Give us a brief overview of what life looks like for you nowadays? 

these days I am working as an engineer, conducting research for a local oil&gas manufacturing company. In my spare time, I have been playing recreational sports like soccer and hockey, and playing in the ATHF Open Men's division with Sherwood Park Team Handball Club.

 

How did you first get into your current career track/profession? 

I got into engineering straight out of high school and earned my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering while playing with the provincial and national teams in an on-again, off-again fashion (I had a lot of issues with injuries, unfortunately). Although I still have a few months before I can officially designate myself as a professional engineer, I am working hard to make sure that I set myself up for success in my career.

 

Are you still involved with the handball community & in touch with your handball teammates? 

The handball community still plays a role in my life, though not quite as large as it once did. I am still playing in the ATHF Men's Open League, and it is so inspiring to see all of the young talent learning from some of the talented veterans that are still playing in the league! Although I do still keep in touch with a few of my old handball teammates (through Snapchat, occasional messages on social media, or on other sports teams), there is nothing like seeing them in person and catching up before or after one of our league matches.

 

What was your favorite competition that you competed in for Alberta and Canada? 

My favorite competition that I went to with Team Alberta was probably the Germany trip that we did as a senior men's team. Technically speaking, it was not a formal competition...rather, a series of friendlies that we played against local teams. However, I remember enjoying the level of competition and even playing against Juri Knorr, whom I believe went on to play in the German Bundesliga. As for Team Canada, I think the 2018 Pan-American Championships in Greenland was the most exciting and electric competition I have been to. It was absolutely staggering to play at that level, especially against players like Thiagus dos Santos and Fabio Chiuffa. I am so happy that I have had all of these amazing opportunities to travel and play the sport at the level I did, and although I will always wonder how much farther I could have gone, I will cherish those memories for a very, VERY long time.

 

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Isabella Rees

Give us a brief overview of what life looks like for you nowadays?

Currently, I’m working as an undergraduate nurse in a cardiac unit at a hospital here in Edmonton, as well as working part-time providing support services for kids who have disabilities. I’m also doing research that I’m hoping to publish next year. I’ve been dabbling in blogging for a couple of years now, and I have a podcast with a friend from nursing school. Next year I’ll be starting the final year of my nursing degree at the U of A. I still really enjoy playing handball in rec league during the season. This summer I’m learning how to golf, and in the winter I like snowboarding!

How did you first get into your current career track/profession?

I’ve always been interested in medicine and knew I wanted to work in the healthcare field. I started university in general sciences with the intention to apply to medicine, but I found that I wasn’t able to focus my studies on my areas of interest and felt like I lacked a definitive goal, so I took a leap and transferred to the nursing program. That turned out to be a great decision because I love nursing and it solidified my decision of working in healthcare. I’m still planning on applying to medical school or pursuing graduate studies in nursing to become a nurse practitioner. But I’m really happy with the track I’m on right now and I’m looking forward to becoming a registered nurse next spring!

Are you still involved with the handball community and in touch with your handball teammates?

Yes! I still play in the Sr. Women’s league for SPTHC, and I’ve been involved with coaching high school and U16 girls in recent years. I’m hoping to continue coaching in some capacity next year. I still keep in touch with many of my handball teammates! With everyone’s crazy schedules it can be difficult to find time to spend together but we always make it work the best we can - they’re lifelong friendships for sure!

What was your favorite Competition that you competed in for Alberta and Canada?

I was lucky to have so many amazing experiences through handball, it’s tough to choose! I was fortunate to go to both Partille cup in Sweden and Dronninglund cup in Denmark three times each with the provincial team, and those are a couple of my favorite tournaments. Iceland is also a favorite. With Team Canada, I really loved playing in Brazil for the Pan Am Championships. My favorite tournament of all time though has to be when we dominated the 2015 Jr. National Championships in Quebec, in a massive comeback from a heartbreaker 2nd place, finish the previous year!

Do you feel like you apply any parts of your Handball values in your current life?

Absolutely! The discipline, work ethic, perseverance, and time management I developed through handball have been essential for success in university. Now, working in a hospital, the ability to be a good teammate is very important. Starting out in the medical field is challenging as I’m still learning so much every day and have to perform well in a high-stress environment. Handball helped me develop the ability to work under pressure and to adopt a growth mindset. I also feel that handball built my confidence and leadership skills, which I apply now in my research and blogging/podcasting ventures.

ANDY LE 

Give us a brief overview of what life looks like for you nowadays?

 

There has been a lot of change over the last few years. I graduated from medical school a couple of years ago and recently completed my first year of residency training. The last few months of my training have been fairly tumultuous with the ongoing COVID pandemic, but it was rewarding to be on the front lines as a resident on some of the Internal Medicine services in Edmonton. Adjusting to the hours and workload of residency was also difficult, but I'm slowly getting the hang of it. I'm now starting my second year of residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, which has been an awesome experience so far. Lately I have been working with patients with spinal cord injuries and addressing the medical aspects of their rehabilitation. Outside of work, I still try to stay active with friends through rec sports leagues for soccer, volleyball, and slopitch. I'm also looking into getting back into competitive soccer, but the summer league was cancelled. I bought my first home just over a year ago and am slowly figuring out the intracicies of home ownership. My girlfriend and I also raised our puppy, Remy, who is now over a year old now, which has been great for both of us.

How did you first get into your current career track/profession?

 

I was always interested in sciences and have thought about becoming a sports medicine doctor since high school. After getting into medical school, I realized the breadth of medical specialties out there and broadened my scope of interests. I was lucky enough to get exposure to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation during medical school and received some first class teaching from the program here at the UofA. I learned more about the neurological side of rehabilitation, which has recently become an area of interest for me. Given Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation combines sports medicine, musculoskeletal rehab, and neurological rehab, it was and has been a great fit for me. There are plenty of other reasons I chose this route as well and would be happy to chat with anyone looking to go down this road!

Are you still involved with the handball community and in touch with your handball teammates? I unfortunately have not been invovled with handball for a few years now. I last played with the provincial team in 2014 before getting into medical school. As my schedule gets less busy, I'd definitely like to get back into some recreational handball. I did some coaching with the Old Scona handball team up until my second year of medical school, but unfortunately had to stop that as well as things got busy. I also have to admit I don't keep in touch with my handball teammates as much as I would like to. I see Darryl and Tyler around the hospitals every now and again which is always a nice way to catch up briefly. I also see Ryan, Frodo, and Andrea every so often when I'm involved with some teaching at the medical school. I definitely miss the guys though and this is a good reminder to catch up with them!

What was your favourite competition that you competed in for Alberta and Canada?

 

I loved all of the international trips that we went on. If I had to pick one though, it would have to be the trip to Japan where we got lit up by those speedy high schoolers. It was such a unique opportunity. But out of all competitions, I would have to say the 2014 Canadian Nationals where we won gold in Sherwood Park was my favourite. It was a culmination of the team's hardwork and also my last competition with the provincial team.

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Do you feel like you apply any parts of your handball values in your current life?

 

Yes, definitely. Like most of the other people have mentioned, the team work, communication skills, and work ethic that I developed through handball have definitely translated to my role as a resident. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in particular is a very interdiscilinary specialty and I work with varying allied health professionals every day. I also have the unique role of helping guide return to sport for athletes and my experiences with handball have given me crucial insight into how to address this transition. Arguably more importantly, handball has also reinforced the importance of staying active/healthy and having an outlet outside of work/school.

BRIAN COUGHLIN

What life looks like for you nowadays?

Life is good! Busy! Me and my Wife Katharina (Mrs. Cogs) are currently neck-deep in raising a new baby named Fionn. Otherwise, just working and trying to stay active and enjoy our summer in these COVID times.

How did you get into your current career track/profession?

I currently work as a Physiotherapist with Innovation Physical Therapy Namao. It was a big goal of mine to work in this profession and I was lucky to know at a young age that this was what I wanted to do. Rehabbing sports injuries during my playing career in a variety of sports opened me up to the world of rehab. I completed my undergrad degree at the U of A in Physical education then moved to Brisbane Australia where I did my Masters in Physio at the University of Queensland where I was also lucky to play with the UQ Tigers handball club.

Are you still involved with the handball community and in touch with your handball teammates?

Yes of course! I’ve been lucky to have built a lot of great relationships with different generations of the Alberta Handball family and do my best to stay in touch with those that I can. You can still see me dragging my slow ass around the court and racking up yellow cards on any given Sunday with the mighty Avengers HC. Due to a bit of busier family life I’ve retired coaching the SPA high school squad but I look forward to continuing to play different types of roles with handball in the future!

What was your favorite competition that you competed in for Alberta and Canada?

My favorite competition was winning my first gold medal at nationals in Sherwood park in 2010. Such a special feeling after many heartbreaking losses to Quebec. It was also special playing alongside guys that had coached me through Jrs/Juvie’s like Josh Sickler, Kelly Muir, Zoran Bazdar, Doug Bennett, and other guys that had played with me through those tough losses through previous years. Although not with the Alberta program I’m also very proud of the SPA high school handball program and the great teachers there that have been very involved and grown as coaches with the help of the ATHF. (Sean Mckennitt and Adelia Gaydosh)

Do you feel like you apply any parts of your Handball values in your current life?

Yes, every day! Through the years I’ve played many different roles in the team setting from starter to bench/glue guy, coaching and team Physio. That’s taught me that in the work setting or life in general no one role is more important than another but it’s the collective effort and drive playing your part that contributes to success. In my opinion sport, both demonstrates and cultivates character so I look forward to passing on these values to my kids and the younger generation of Alberta handball players.

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#31 JANEL ROGIANI / DAKOTA HEISE 
# 30 DAWN SONG / LILY TO 
#32 2019 YOUTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
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