Hello everyone and welcome to this year’s first sport club corner. My name is Maria Camargo and I am the graduate assistant for sport clubs for the Fall semester Today I brought with me Derek Wilke, president of the WIU paintball club and Peyton Kaiser president of the WIU cycling club To talk about their respective clubs and what they’re looking forward to this season But first, I would like to welcome back our 26 sport clubs for the 2017-2018 school year The clubs are starting out strong and there is a lot of enthusiasm going into the season If you’re a first year student or just looking to try something new while staying active, go ahead and take a look at our website on the WIU Campus Recreation webpage to check out our different options for sport clubs. Our club range in all different types of competition and activity levels, and many clubs require no experience to try something new. So today I would like to highlight some events we have going on this semester as there is plenty to look forward to. First off, our men’s lacrosse club will be hosting an alumni game on October 7, from 2-5 pm on Hanson field. The following week, our Ultimate Frisbee club will be hosting a big tournament on Vince Grady field both Saturday and Sunday, so please make sure you come check that out and see how intense our Ultimate club can get while cheering on your WIU Leathernecks! In addition, Hazing Prevention Week will be the week of September 26th through the 29th, and all the events, days, times can be found on the Hazing Prevention Week Facebook page. So, let’s go ahead and turn to our special guests to learn about their clubs. So Derek, can you tell us a little about how the paintball club got started and how you first became interested in paintball? Well I first became interested in paintball when I was a kid, I would play for fun in the woods and when I got to college I decided with a buddy that we would just go buy some guns to play just for fun at the local field, and then actually it all started with a YikYak post that we found out about the club me and my buddy, and we just decided to join up for it. we went to a tournament and started having a lot of fun with it and basically we started just- the team is a bunch of guys who get together and have fun playing paintball and go to tournaments all around the country. Nice that’s awesome. Can you tell us about when and where you practice, and kinda what a typical practice looks like for you? Definitely, we practice at Pekin Paintball Park in Pekin, Illinois, and Goal’s indoor sports in Springfield Illinois. When we go to Goals it’s reball so it’s reusable paintballs when we go, it’s obviously indoors hence the name and for that we just kind of scrimmage amongst ourselves just do a little practice, And when we go to Pekin there’s normally other teams there since it’s a very popular field in the Midwest, one of the best, so we practice against them. A lot of times it’s just playing points against each other or mini games. And we do a lot of drills at the end just to round out our skills, such as snap shooting, which is like the minimum amount of time you can be seen by an opponent while getting enough shots off at them. Cool that’s awesome. Can you also talk just a little bit about how you would describe the atmopshere of the club? We’re kind of like a big family. On our team, all of us are super close. There’s about 8 of us who regularly go to events, and when you go to events and travel 17 hours in cars like when we went to Florida for our national championships, it’s a bond. And in general paintball players are super nice. Whenever you go to a field, all the experienced palyers always help out the new players, that’s kind of the unspoken rule of paintball, so we kind of carry that over into our club. We’re a big ol’ family. That’s awesome. Can you just tell us about what you’re most excited about for this coming season? I’m just really excited to play some more tournaments. We got, we did our best ever in our National tournament, we took 28th so we’re ranked pretty high now, and with that, we’re looking to carry over into the Midwest, we’ve placed higher than all the other Midwestern teams so, before nationals we had never taken above last place in a tournament, so hopefully we can win a few this year. Cool, alright, well good luck! Okay now let’s turn to Peyton our cycling club president. Peyton, can you tell us a little bit about cycling club, how many members you have, and how often you practice? Yeah so last semester we had 36 members, last semester was the first semester for the club. Personally I practice every day, the club gets together a couple days a month and we just kinda do some group rides. I like to ask what the members are interested in. If we want to go moutain biking we have Spring Lake just a couple of miles north of us, and otherwise if we want to do road riding we have plenty of country out here in Macomb to hit the roads and do it in a safe manner. Nice! Um so, what does a typical practice for the cycling club look like? A typical practice, the majority of the club is just kind of recreation like so ride around and enjoy it. Me specifically, and trying to find more members as well that want to take it to the next level and actually compete. If you want to compete, then there’s intervals, distance, you can do anything from just an hour long ride to a six-hour century, whatever you’re kinda wanting to do for that day uh it’s more structured than that and I”m happy to help anyone that wants to take it to the next level as well, but otherwise if it’s just for recreation we just do a couple of miles around town or go out to Spring Lake as long as you want. Nice! That’s awesome. Um so I know you have a couple of races coming up this semester, can you tell us a little bit about them, what they’re going to look like, and which one you might be most looking forward to? So I have to say right now I’m looking most forward to this weekend, just because it’s coming right up on us, first race of the season down in Kentucky. This semester is going to be moutain biking, so that is going to be at trails throughout the country mainly in the Midwest, we’ve got Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana are the main ones. Uh Nationals is out in Montana for us, and the mountain bike consists of about 10 mile rides, uh and then short track is anywhere from 20 minutes to a half hour long ride um definitely a race and pushing but it’s also a great group of guys. It’s nice to go to these places and meet up with people that have similar passions with you and make a lot of new friends from across the country. Nice that’s awesome. We’ll be sure to be cheering you on here from Macomb. Thank you. Um, so thank you so much Derek and Peyton for coming out today to share about your clubs. Just as a reminder to anybody out there, sport clubs are a great way to get involved, make friends, and stay active. If you have any questions, please feel free to check out our website or stop by the rec.