Involvement in sports a great lay-up for winning in the working world

Carleton Raven’s basketball star, Josh Poirier, has hung up his jersey, and is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree this fall.

Poirier played forward on the Carleton men’s basketball team for the past five years and was an integral member of the team. In his final season, he took home the 2004 Jack Vogan Memorial Medal as Graduating Male Athlete of the Year, alongside teammate Paul Larmand.

Having graduated high school slightly shy of regular admission requirements, Poirier began his academic career at Carleton in the Enriched Support Program (ESP), on the advice of basketball coach, Dave Smart.

He says both the program and his position on the team contributed to his success.

“The competitive atmosphere on a team applies outside the sport, and gives you an edge on the working world or wherever you are headed.”

Since completing his courses in April, Poirier has been working at his own construction company, doing landscaping and carpentry. He has received offers to play basketball professionally in Australia but has yet to decide whether to accept.

“I can always try out the business later, but my body can only be able to perform at a professional level for a certain amount of time,” he says, adding a decision will be made at the end of the landscaping season.

From – http://www.now.carleton.ca/2004-11b/593.htm

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