Nicholas Rickards | BA/BEd Kinesiology

Nicholas Rickards was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He graduated from Western Canada High School in 2010, and started his BA (KNES) / BEd in September 2010.

Nicholas was drawn to the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education because of his love of sports and physical activity, and as a result, his desire to teach physical education in the school system. He chose the University of Lethbridge because of its excellent and well-respected reputation for educating teachers. Nicholas wanted the best possible learning environment to prepare him for a career in the classroom, and feels his experiences thus far are undoubtedly providing that opportunity.

As an undergraduate student in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Nicholas has found opportunities beyond the classroom to get involved! He is currently working as a paid research assistant for Dr. Sean Brayton and Dr. Michelle Helstein on a project titled The Athlete’s Body and the Social Text of Suicide: A Critical Analysis of the Concussion Debate and Labour Politics in Professional Sports. Overall, the project aims to address the question of whether athlete suicides represent a coded social critique of the economic apparatus of professional sport and the expendability of the body as commodified physical labour. As a result of his work on this project he will be funded to travel to the 2014 North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Conference in Portland, Oregon, where he will be involved in presenting a portion of the research. His classroom experiences and involvement in the research process have ignited a passion for socio-cultural research that has quickly snowballed into an extreme and ambitious interest in pursuing graduate studies at the completion of his undergraduate BA/BEd degrees.

Nicholas lives in on-campus housing at the new Mt. Blackiston apartments. His residence experience has given him the opportunity to participate in many ORS organized events such as Rez Wars, ski trips and cabarets – all of which have added to his enjoyment of the undergraduate experience!

Nicholas’s nominating professor describes him as “a committed, enthusiastic and engaged student, who can comprehend and apply complex concepts in unique and interesting ways. And a fun guy to have in the classroom!”