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Originally from Nova Scotia, Peter Millman came to Lethbridge while he was still completing high school to train with legendary uLethbridge track and field coach, Larry Steinke.
“I’d been coming to Lethbridge to train since Grade 10 and I spent half my Grade 12 year here, so there was never any doubt: I was coming to uLethbridge,” says Peter.
Adjusting to university life and varsity athletics wasn’t easy. Balancing long hours training, studying and a work schedule took its toll.
“I struggled my first year,” Peter recalls. “But Larry stuck with me. He helped me find my groove; he’s a big part of my life.”
Peter’s persistence and dedication paid off. In his second year, he quickly emerged as the best thrower in the country.
At the top of his game, Peter also began to succeed academically thanks largely to the support and encouragement of history professor Dr. Heidi MacDonald.
“I was so focused on the sports, I just needed to find the same drive in the classroom that I had on the field,” he says. “Heidi helped me find an area that I love and she pushed me to see I had more potential to do something academically.”
In 2017, Peter crossed the stage at Convocation with his family in town to cheer him on. With many athletic titles and a degree in hand, he’s staying at uLethbridge to continue with his sport and his study of Canadian history as a graduate student.
“Lethbridge really has become a second home,” he says.