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Trailblazer Seeks the Cup of Peace

Deanna Zantingh has captained the CMU Blazers women’s soccer and futsal teams for the past year, and leads the team into the MCAC “Cup of Peace” Championship weekend, hosted by CMU, as the leading scorer since futsal started up in January.  The sport, a South American form of indoor soccer, compresses the outdoor game into a court sport of speed and agility played with a slightly weighted ball for increased control.  Deanna was the 2012-2013 season recipient of the Trailblazer Award, given to the CMU athlete who best exhibits “excellence in team leadership, scholarship, and community building.”

 

If you had asked Zantingh at this time last year what her life plans were it’s unlikely that she would have seen herself back at CMU studying towards a Masters in Theology Degree.  The Smithville, Ontario native completed a Peace and Conflicts Transformation Studies degree in the spring of 2013, after which she returned home to write the LSAT for admittance into law.  Yet her passion for creating change through the work of the church led her to drop those plans and return to Winnipeg this past fall.

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True to its name, 2013’s Trailblazer Award winner found herself in unfamiliar territory in late October as she took a break from academics at CMU to attend a conference on indigenous faith and culture in the Philippines.  Her trip centred on building up local community leaders and peacebuilding activities, and included a hike into the mountains to meet with indigenous tribes for three days.  This opportunity came out of the work she has been doing in the Mishkeegogamang Ojibwe Nation in Northern Ontario for the past three years, helping coordinate a summer camp, asset-based community development, and now youth leadership training.  “I hope that if nothing else I push people to pursue what they’re passionate about,” said Zantingh, referencing her ability to foster leadership and a spirit of generosity in her teammates and peers on and off the pitch.

For now, Zantingh is focused on a different form of peace: the Copa de la Paz: El Campeonato of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference, which plays out March 15 & 16 at the Loewen Athletic Centre.  The Blazer men come in as the #1 seed, playing the #4 seed Red River College Rebels on Saturday at 12:30 pm, and the #2 seed women face off against the #3 seed Providence University College Pilots in their semi-final at 2 pm.

The 2013-2014 Awards Banquet will be held on March 23, where this season’s Scholar Athletes, Outstanding Graduates, Rookies and Players of the Year, and Trailblazer recipient are to be announced.

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