The London Minor Football Association (LMFA) celebrates our 60th season this fall. At the same time, one of our recently graduated players will be starting a new chapter in his career after accepting a football scholarship to the University of Guelph.
Ethan Martin played in the LMFA for six years, and then went on to win four WOSSA championships and an OFSAA championship while maintaining top grades at South Secondary School. Last year Ethan won the SPECTRA award for outstanding male athlete in the Thames Valley Regional Athletic Association (TVRAA). We recently spoke with him about his time in the LMFA …
LMFA: How did playing LMFA help you prepare for high school football?
Ethan: Playing LMFA prepared me for high school football by teaching me the key and important aspects of the game. It taught me the fundamentals necessary to become the player I am today, and the competitive aspect it brought prepared me for high school.
LMFA: What lessons learned by playing football have helped you off the field?
Ethan: Growing up playing LMFA and football as a whole has given me tools that I can use off the field in everyday life to be successful. It showed me that to be successful you must put in hard work, which has helped with things like academics. LMFA also teaches you how to work as part of a team and work together in tough situations. Lastly, it has helped mould me into the person I am today.
LMFA: What is your favourite memory or game from your LMFA career?
Ethan: Playing with the same group of guys for six years and winning six straight championships.
LMFA: Would you like to add anything else?
Ethan: LMFA is a great organization that allows for any kid to be a part of the greatest sport ever. It helps with the understanding and fundamentals of football, and it adds in a competitive aspect which all kids love. Playing and being a part of such a great organization gave me memories and friendships that I will never forget.
For more information on the 2018 LMFA fall season, please visit www.lmfafootball.ca or call 519-852-4465.
Submitted by London Minor Football Association