October 27, 2010
With the retirement of Scott Sandison from competitive play, the Men’s Senior National Team has lost a veteran defender. Our loss, however, is Old Loughtonias’ gain as Scott will use his talent and experience to help shape the next generation of players, coaching for his former club in London. “We can only hope he will soon be back in Canada sharing his commitment, passion and pride with players across this country,” says former teammate Rob Short.
Scott’s career with the national team began in 2002 and since that time he has completed for Canada in both the indoor and outdoor programs. He was a 2007 Pan American Games Champion and a silver medalist at the games in 2003. Scott has also proudly represented Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games, the 2006 and 2002 Commonwealth Games, the 2004 Pan American Cup, the 2005 Indoor Pan American Cup, and the 2003 Indoor World Cup.
Scott’s contribution to the team, on and off the field, will be missed by his coaches and teammates. His voice of reason during his long tenure as athlete representative on the Field Hockey board of Directors, gained Scott much respect and praise off the field from athletes and administration. His presence on the field will be missed too. The Captain of the men’s national team, Ken Pereira, describes Scott as the “the ultimate team guy, who loves to play and compete. “He always gave 110% every time he stepped on the field,” says Ken. Rob Short describes Scott as “a true professional. He was always well-prepared for all opponents we faced during his time on the National Team.” He continues adding that Scott is “a true team player who we would all go to war with any day”. Alan Brahmst, former head coach for the men’s national team, would agree, describing Scott as a “very proud Canadian” who “represented a true amount of what it takes to be on our national team. His dedication to the team and his fighting spirit on the pitch were a big part of the team’s success throughout his career in both the outdoor and the indoor programs.” His dedication is illustrated by the fact that he competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 with three metal plates inserted in his jaw, the result of an injury only months before the start of the games.
Field Hockey Canada would like to wish Scott all the best in his new role. Old Loughtonias is lucky to have you.