Behind The Jersey - Jacob Murphy

A series focused on Kinesiology student-athletes.

Why did you choose Kinesiology?

I joined Kinesiology because both of my parents are physiotherapists and that generated my interest in a multitude of different health care positions. I believe that Kinesiology provides knowledge on all aspects of health and how to work to treat the individual rather than the disease.

Why did you choose to join the Huskies?

I choose the Huskies because they have a great Kinesiology program that has high academic standards. I was also recruited by the head coach of the Track and Field team when I was in high school. I knew of the track and field programs historic performance and was excited to be able to become a part of it.

What is your favourite thing about Track and Field?

My favorite part about Track and Field is the team atmosphere and the competition. My teammates are great people and make me enjoy track so much more, as they are always supporting and including everyone possible. The team also find ways to get everyone together in and out of the season to strengthen the bond between the team. There is also nothing like the feeling during a competition when you get to show the hard work and dedication that you and your teammates have put in all year. This is especially true when everything comes together in a personal best or great team performance, such as winning Canwest last year.

What is the best and hardest part?

The hardest part of being a student-athlete is the time constraints with training, competing, classes, labs, homework, etc. There is some weeks where all my time is spent at the track, class, and on my computer, which can be stressful at times.

How do you balance school and sport?

To reduce my stress I usual take breaks to go out for a short bit with friends to get coffee, or I nap. Staying on top of my assignments and studying so I do not get overwhelmed, allowing me to control my stress levels. I manage this through writing down important deadlines and test dates and putting it somewhere I will see it every morning.

Favourite thing to do?

My favorite thing to do while not in school or at the track is to just spend time with friends or family in a variety of ways.

Who is your biggest role model?

My biggest role models are my family. They've taught me commitment, sacrifice, politeness, how to deal with adverse situations, and other important characteristics through their action and words.  
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