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I will not let it beat me. …I still have the same mindset as before. I still want to play college (football), I still want to make Team Canada (for ball hockey). I still want to accomplish anything. Nothing is going to change.
Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary student Dylan Battye has been nicknamed “The Miracle Kid” for returning to the football field months after having his leg amputated.
Meet Head of the Class honouree Michael Messenger
In the opening round of the Subway Bowl playoffs at B.C. Place Stadium on Nov. 11, Messenger and 18 other members of the team became trapped in one of the building’s elevators for almost two hours.
When the players were finally extricated, every one received medical clearance to play except for Messenger, whose blood pressure was judged to be too high. So as the game started, he was taken to St. Paul’s Hospital for further evaluation.
Late in the first quarter, with score knotted at 0-0, he came running through a tunnel and onto the field to join his teammates.
“It was like a movie,” Tweedsmuir head coach Kurt Thornton would say afterwards of Messenger, who not only passed for 1,204 yards and 13 scores this season, but also rushed for 1,202 yards and 17 more touchdowns. “Star player goes to the hospital, sees the doctors, then rushes into the game. You can’t make this stuff up.”
Read all about B.C.’s best and brightest student athletes who made this year’s Head of the Class.

Meet Head of the Class honouree Michael Messenger

In the opening round of the Subway Bowl playoffs at B.C. Place Stadium on Nov. 11, Messenger and 18 other members of the team became trapped in one of the building’s elevators for almost two hours.

When the players were finally extricated, every one received medical clearance to play except for Messenger, whose blood pressure was judged to be too high. So as the game started, he was taken to St. Paul’s Hospital for further evaluation.

Late in the first quarter, with score knotted at 0-0, he came running through a tunnel and onto the field to join his teammates.

“It was like a movie,” Tweedsmuir head coach Kurt Thornton would say afterwards of Messenger, who not only passed for 1,204 yards and 13 scores this season, but also rushed for 1,202 yards and 17 more touchdowns. “Star player goes to the hospital, sees the doctors, then rushes into the game. You can’t make this stuff up.”


Read all about B.C.’s best and brightest student athletes who made this year’s Head of the Class.

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