Liam Chisholm grew up like a lot of boys in Kenora -- on the hockey rink.
It was while on a hockey scholarship at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, SK., that he found his current passion -- rugby.
Chisholm, 25, is now a member of team Canada and playing in the Americas Rugby Championships for the second year in a row.
The six-foot-seven, 265-pound second row lock discussed what it's like playing on the world stage.
“Anytime you take a step up in the calibre of play, the big difference is the speed. The game is still the exact same, but everything is happening faster, and faster, and faster,” Chisholm says. “Up at this level, the game moves really quickly so the thing you have to learn how to relax, calm down and take it one phase at a time. Don't get ahead of yourself with how quick everything is moving.”
Canada lost their opening game in the five-game, five-week long tournament to defending champion Argentina 20-6 on cold, snowy night in British Columbia on Saturday. This weekend, Canada looks to bounce back against Chile.
Last year, Canada went 3-2 in the tournament. Chisholm thinks this year's club can do even better.
“There are lots of really skilled guys on the team. We have a great mix of youth and experience,” he says. “I think we have the potential to get four wins this tournament. That's a good goal for us.”
Chisholm has spent close to the last six years living out west. He's currently in the last year of his degree studying kinesiology at the University of Victoria.
He and his Canadian teammates can be seen on TSN Go when they return against Chile at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Saturday night.
(Photos courtesy Lorne Collicutt)