Curtis Manning is known as one of the best in the game and was chosen for the West All-Star team last year. What you probably don’t know about the Calgary Roughnecks transition player is that his outstanding performance transfers from the turf to the classroom. Manning, a graduate of Simon Fraser University (SFU) with a Major in Kinesiology, is now attending the University of British Columbia (UBC) as a medical student. While Curtis has always been interested in becoming a doctor, he became even more interested while attending SFU.
“Being able to have the application behind the science of human interaction and treat people meets both worlds,” Manning said, regarding the reason he chose his program. “I am still doing different types of training and I am undecided on what type of doctor I want to become.”
For both home and away games, this Roughneck’s day starts with an early flight to make the morning shoot around. The travel takes up most of his weekend, from being on the plane and waiting in the airport, but he still manages to have time for some studying on game day.
“I can fit in three to four hours of studying before the game,” Manning said, pointing out how he maximizes the time of his busy schedule.
Balancing lacrosse and school has been part of his life for so long that he has adapted to handle both responsibilities.
“It is a routine now,” Manning said.
Once he hits the floor, he puts school work on the back burner and is fully focused on the game. Along with balancing his education and his passion for lacrosse, Curtis credits his father along with former coaches Jack Fulten, Jim Polzer, and Lyle Robinson for shaping and inspiring his game.
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