David Kalec receives the
by DEMETRA LAMBROPOULOS
The Chomedey News, July 12, 2003
Up and coming diver and Chomedey resident David Kalec received the Sport-Études Award for his excellence in both diving and academic achievements. Attending Vanier College, 18 year old Kalec manages to balance both endless hours of training and studying, all while competing in national and international competitions.
Already holding some impressive results for 2002-2003, when asked what his own greatest achievement has been, Kalec hesitated at first and then stated, It would have to be my Group A [ages 16-18] competition on the 10 metre platform at the December where I came in first.
Kalec has won numerous medals including a bronze medal in both the 3 metre and 10 metre platform at the Phillippe Comtois Provincial Championships in February, and two a silver medal in both the 1 metre and 10 metre platform at the John Dickinson Invitational, which also took place last February.
Mixing academia with sports
To begin with, committing ones self to studying is difficult. Kalec on the other hand, has managed to find a way to not only study but train every day of the week for at least 2 hours. Vanier College has helped me out a lot because they have a Sport-Etudes program which means that I have my schedule already made before anyone makes them. This way, Im able to fit the classes that I need to my diving schedule. Also, if I happen to have a competition and I have a test that same day, the teachers are really understanding and allow me to write a retake.
The difficulties he does encounter come with missing up to a week of school to attend competitions. I have to find a way to catch up by myself. I read a lot and my brother helps me out since hes in Marketing at McGill. I always do my homework and avoid falling behind.
The Sport-Études Award was specifically given to Kalec for his dedication and performance in both academics and his sport. The Sport-Etudes Foundation works in collaboration with CBC Radio Canada and RDS to award students with scholarships to help pursue their dreams.
What the future holds
Upon graduation from college, Kalec would like to attend McGill University in management with a concentration in marketing. In addition, Kalec most definitely sees himself pursuing his diving career and aspires to make the 2008 Olympics. Im working on improving my diving, learning harder dives and hopefully make some team so that I could go on big international competitions.
Only the top two finalists in national competitions make teams. Which according to Kalec is really hard since Despatie is there, as well as his own brother.
A family affair
When asked if theres any sort when diving against his Its weird. It doesnt feel type of competition. I never see Im competing against my views his brother just like any he must go head to head.
With both sons involved in Kalecs parents, Klara and Steve, are very supportive. Its very important to have their backing because what they think and what they feel really influences me.