SFU athletic scholarship breakfast helps fund athletic scholarships—May 30
By Justin Wong
On May 30th, Simon Fraser University will host its annual SFU Athletics Scholarship Breakfast at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. The event raises funds for full-ride scholarships to support SFU athletes competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
These scholarships have helped SFU alumni like Bob Molle, who received dual athletic scholarships for wrestling and football, and graduated in 1986 with a degree in kinesiology.
Molle went on to win a silver medal for Canada in men’s wrestling in the 1984 Summer Olympics, and two Grey Cups with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1988 and 1990. Today, he travels the world as a professional speaker and author, motivating his audiences to reach their full potential.
He is currently on tour promoting his new book, Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable, but was kind enough to sit down with us to share some insights and reflections:
Q: How did your SFU experience help you prepare for life after retiring from professional football?
A: My experience in athletics has helped me tremendously. I began working in pharmaceutical sales, where I worked in large sales teams, right after I retired from the Canadian Football League. In football, you’re part of a large team with different personalities. It teaches you to communicate and work with people with different backgrounds and abilities, just like a team at work.
Q: What was the biggest challenge you faced as a student athlete?
A: Trying to balance competing in two sports while keeping up with my academics was my biggest challenge. I learned how to be more efficient with my time. We used to wake up early to run hills at 6:00 am. Today, I am still an early riser because it allows me to get more things done than most people who wake up later.
Q: What advice do you have for SFU Students?
A: Finding a mentor is invaluable because the sage advice you receive helps you grow in ways unimaginable when you begin your journey. During my time at SFU, coach Mike Jones was a major influence on me.
Q: What was it like to compete and win a silver medal in in men’s wrestling at the 1984 summer games?
A: The Olympic medal for me was really big. I was only 21 years old at the time and a lot of people that I competed against were 25. I was still in university, so it was a lot to take in at such a young age. When I won the Grey Cup I was much more mature, so I just appreciated it differently.