Playing soccer with
Sudburnia since the age of six, thirteen year-old Zakarie Glaude
took everything he had learnt in leading his elementary school to
back to back championships.
The Grade 8 student at
MacDonald-Cartier showed great determination, competing in the final
despite an injured calf. “He couldn't run, so we told basically to
stand around in front of the net…he still managed to redirect balls
into the net and he never quit,” said coach Yves Legault.
Despite recording a
hat-trick in the final, Glaude believes there remains work to be
done on his game. “I’d like to improve my ball control,” he says.
“But, I think the best part of my game is my speed.”
In addition to playing
with the Pantheres elementary team, Glaude also suits up
competitively with the Italia Flyers of the Northern Regional Soccer
League. His team finished second this summer, competing in
several tournaments across Northern Ontario.
“It was a good experience,
but they were pretty long trips,” Glaude admits. “But, we have a lot
of players that play competitively, so we have a solid team.”
The soft-spoken teen, who
could stand to be a little more vocal according to Legault, is
already a great all-around athlete, taking to the court for both
volleyball and basketball, but excels most in soccer.
Under any scenario, the
future looks bright for Zakarie Glaude, at least according to the
man who has witnessed first hand his athletic prowess. “He can
definitely play soccer at the high school level, but it all depends
on him if he wants to pursue the sport,” says Legault. “I think he
can play at the university level, no problem, if he continues to
develop and show the progress he’s shown so far.”