By Minouka – 1st Year Student
On the last weekend of a beautiful and sunny October, our very own Kermodes Men’s Soccer team had the honor of playing at the 2017 PACWEST Soccer Championship and won a silver metal for first time in Quest Kermodes soccer history.
Featuring this event on our campus, I had the opportunity to interview Ahmed Kamal; a 2nd year student at Quest and our top midfielder of the Men’s soccer team:
Ahmed, congratulations on winning a silver metal in the PACWEST!
To someone who barely has any knowledge about soccer, could you tell me what the PACWEST Soccer Championship is?
The PACWEST Soccer Championship can also be referred to as Provincials, which is a tournament that determines the league winners. This year was the most special one for Kermodes; Quest making second place for the first time in history. We had the chance to go to Nationals but unfortunately we lost the final game, going home with a silver metal.
How old were you when you first started playing soccer?
I started playing soccer at the age of 6 in Egypt. At the age of 17, I was the youngest player in my club back home, playing for the under 18, under 19 and even for the first team in Egypt.
And how did you get from Egypt to Quest?
Yassin, one of the Kermodes soccer player’s and a current 4th year at Quest, I knew him before coming here. He saw one of my soccer highlights video’s online and showed his coach. The coach was very impressed and I was eventually asked to play for Kermodes. I did a little bit of research and realized that the Block system that Quest offers was a perfect combination for me to balance my academics and soccer career.
What do you think sets Quest’s soccer apart from other teams?
I think what I love so much about our team is the fact that we are extremely personal with each other, which is partly because our University is just about the right size for that. All of us live on campus, our dorms are close to one anther and we all get along very well. We are almost a perfect example of team bonding and I have made friends here that I am certain that will last me a lifetime.
The season is finished now. How do you feel about that?
I am sad it’s over and I am already looking forward to spring season, starting right after Christmas break.