McTavish to play for Canadian football squad

Muskie football standout Adam McTavish has earned a berth on Team Canada at the Global Junior Championship VI, which will be held during Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans.
And just like the game of football itself, the process of making the squad was quick and hard-hitting.
“I got the actual invitation to try out on the Monday before it started,” McTavish said of the tryout camp held in Montreal late last month. “It was kind of tough to get that flight on such short notice.”
About 720 of the top 19-year-old players from Ontario, Quebec, and Western Canada were shaved down to 36 during the three-day camp.
McTavish will suit up as a wide receiver and kicker—the same positions he held with the Muskies this past season.
The team—organized by the National Football Federation of Canada—will play two games against teams from the U.S., Japan, and Europe.
Canada won the event two years ago, but lost to the U.S. 21-19 in last year’s final.
The team will meet in New Orleans on Jan. 25 for five days of practice before playing a game Jan. 30, and then either in the final or consolation final Feb. 2.
The Super Bowl will be played the following day at the Super-dome in New Orleans.
The games will be played under American rules—meaning a smaller field, one more down, and one less person on the field. But Mc-Tavish is too excited to be concerned with that minor change.
“That shouldn’t be too much of a difference. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be really cool,” he enthused.
But the cost per player to compete is $2,000 (including training facilities, air fare, room and board, and equipment purchase).
Muskie head coach Bob Swing said the local Touchdown Club will pay that amount up front while McTavish embarks on fundraising this month before leaving Jan. 25.
“This is good for the program,” said Swing. “But it just reinforces what a terrific player Adam is.”
Despite the busy holiday season having just finished up, McTavish said the feedback from local businesses for his fundraising efforts has been encouraging so far.
“It’s been really good. They were really interested,” he noted.
It’s been quite the season for the OAC student at Fort High. He scored four touchdowns for the Muskies during their inaugural season in the Winnipeg High School Football League, good for a tie with Jock Gemmell for team high.
He and Gemmell also participated in a Canada-wide high school evaluation camp during the Vanier Cup weekend in Toronto earlier in December.
McTavish credited the WHSFL for the exposure it brought for the Muskies. “This league has really helped to get more opportunities,” he said.