Teachers Life Academic Spotlight Series : Ethan Sims

Ethan Sims has always been interested in learning and going to school, with science being one of his favourite subjects. Throughout his high school career, Ethan made the honour roll each year, with an average of 85% or higher. He also received the Principal’s Award, for the highest overall grade average, at Corpus Christi Catholic Elementary School in Grade 8.

Enrolled in his first year of Brock University’s Kinesiology program, Ethan is currently taking two courses: Introduction to Biology and Musculoskeletal Anatomy. Inspired by the high-performance athletic trainers he works with over the course of the hockey season, and in the off-season, Ethan is motivated to learn more about movement and the human body. “I think the reason why I chose to get into Kinesiology was because I can make connections to it in my everyday life”.

“I enjoy learning, I think it’s cool to learn new things and expand my knowledge, especially something I can make connections to and that I care about. I’m learning about how the body reacts to movements and how it strengthens. When I’m doing an exercise, I can know exactly what I’m doing and why I’m doing it”.

In high school, Ethan was planning to enroll in Engineering in university, enrolling in many math-based courses Advanced Functions, Calculus, and Physics. It was only in his grade 12 year, at Governor Simcoe Secondary School, in St. Catharines, that he began to consider Kinesiology. Governor Simcoe offers a variety of Health and Physical Education courses to its students, including a class on Exercise Science. Exercise Science is an introductory class to study how physical activity influences health and sports performance; a good basis for students interested in Kinesiology.

“Throughout the summer, and during the season, I’m in the gym a lot. It’s cool being able to make the connection between the movements I’m doing to get stronger and the science that I’m learning in school,” said Sims. As I go on, more and more, it’s interesting to me because I understand why I’m doing certain movements and what I can expect to happen when I do them”.

With an education in Kinesiology, opportunities in physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation are available. “I’ve been injured before, and so many people have helped me get through it to come back stronger. I want to be able to help others with what I’m learning and what I’ve experienced”.

Throughout the Teachers Life Academic Spotlight series, we will continue to share our student-athletes academic successes and achievements.

“Teachers Life are proud sponsors of the OHL’s Academic Spotlight Program,” says Doug Baker, President and CEO of Teachers Life. “The dedication of the OHL’s student-athletes to their education mirrors Teachers Life’s commitment to students and educators across the province. By celebrating these athletes, they become role models to kids in their communities through their dedication to academic excellence, integrity and curiosity.”

About Teachers Life

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