Newbridge Academy’s Cameron Lewis Commits To The University of Western Ontario and the Mustang’s Men’s Soccer Program
Newbridge Academy grade 12 soccer player Cameron Lewis will pack his bags after graduation this spring and head west to pursue his university studies. This past Saturday Cameron signed his USport national Letter of Intent (LOI) and committed to taking his immense academic and athletic talents to London, and the University of Western Ontario.
When asked to comment on how it felt to finally make his decision as to where he would attend university this coming fall, Cameron said, “The feeling is unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. I’ve made a lot of sacrifices to improve as a soccer player. Things like missing hanging out with friends, not going to birthday parties, and skipping social events so I could train on Friday nights and early on Saturday mornings, were not easy, but they have made this great opportunity finally present itself. I am very excited to commit to Coach Martin Painter and the Mustangs’ men’s soccer program.”
When asked why he wanted to pursue his university studies outside of Atlantic Canada, Cameron mentioned two important points that all university-bound students should consider: the interest in moving away from home and a strong academic program. “I’ve always wanted to travel for university and attend away from home. Along with that, I’ve only heard unbelievable things about Western, especially the faculty I am pursuing. I will be majoring in Psychology, in the social sciences, with the intention of pursuing a Masters in Sports Psychology after my undergraduate degree.”
Cameron came to Newbridge Academy as a grade 9 student and has accomplished a great deal during his time on campus. While excelling academically and always ranking among the top students in his class, he found time each year to make significant contributions to school life, including being a student council class representative, volunteer with numerous activities, fundraisers, and other events. If a busy grade 12 course load with a 5-day-a-week soccer training program wasn’t challenging enough, Cameron, the soccer program’s captain who also plays senior men’s soccer outside of Newbridge, agreed to take on the very demanding role of Student Council President when his peers voted him into the position in the early fall.
In January, Cameron travelled to Ontario to visit Western’s campus for a tour, meet Coach Painter and attend a training session with the Mustangs soccer team. It was quite a productive visit as the time on campus confirmed Cameron’s decision in making Western his university of choice. “As soon as I stepped onto campus, I knew it was the one for me. It brought me an instant feeling of warmth and it felt like I barely left my front porch. Coach Painter was very easy to talk to and train under. The attitude he brought to the training session nullified every bit of pressure and nerves I still had. The team was very inclusive, as soon as I joined the session, I felt like a Mustang.”
When asked what the head coach’s impressions were of his on-field performance, Cameron mentioned, “Coach Painter liked the small bits of my game – my work ethic in joining the attack as well as tracking back on defence. He also commented positively on how well I fit into the team.” In typical Cameron Lewis fashion, Cameron will build upon this positive first impression by continuing to dedicate himself to improving himself between now and the time varsity soccer training camp begins in August. “I plan to increase my workout and cardio schedule. At the university level, physicality and fitness are major factors in changing the outcome of games. I will continue to train and compete with the same mindset I have always used. Attention to the little details will allow me to be successful in my years at Western.”
As the second semester of his grade 12 year at Newbridge has just commenced, Cameron is amazed as to how quickly time has passed and how close to June’s graduation he actually is. When reflecting back on his time at Newbridge Academy and involvement in various soccer programs, Cameron was complimentary to those who have helped him along his path. “Both Newbridge Academy and FSA have played major roles in my life. The guidance these organizations have provided me is like no other. The environment of each make it easy to have dreams, and because of that, there was always a source of hunger inside of me. I only wanted to succeed.”
In his roles as a student leader at Newbridge Academy, Cameron was asked what words of advice he would pass onto his peers and fellow students. After careful consideration Cameron offered the following: “You cannot be afraid to fail, that will only hold you back from reaching your full potential. No one is going to stop you but yourself and if you get tripped up or stumble just a little, just remember that it is not a ‘no’, it is only a not ‘now’.” These are calming words of sage wisdom from Cameron, someone who has made the very most of his time and involvements at Newbridge Academy.
Newbridge Academy’s Director of Soccer Graham Chandler had the following comments on Cameron’s most recent news and successes. “I am very happy and pleased for Cameron. He has worked extremely hard, dedicated himself to a process of improvement and development, has been mature in his approach. For all of this effort to culminate in him realizing his ambition, is just a great feeling and wonderful accomplishment. And, as much as Cameron has achieved over the past year, which includes making a most- positive impression and being selected (only 25 from an original list of over 100 players) to participate in the game of distinction at November’s Halifax Wanderers, Canadian Premier Soccer League (Professional) tryouts, the best is yet to come for Cameron. The next 5 years of university studies and soccer should be extremely exciting for Cameron.”
At Newbridge Academy, we are all very proud of Cameron Lewis and look forward to watching him progress at Western and with the Mustangs.