#CFCOPC: Lineman VanGemert credits experience with attention

Lords standout in early stages of recruitment

Nelson Lords lineman Joel VanGemert is hoping to build off last year’s championship season.

Joel VanGemert

Offensive Line (Guard, Tackle), Defensive Line (Tackle)

6’1, 270 lbs

Burlington Stampeders (OFC)
Nelson Lords (High School)


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Joel VanGemert is a winner.

The 6’1, 270 pound tackle is hoping to build on an impressive 2014-2015 season where Joel won two championships.

Joel’s high school team, the Nelson Lords based out of Burlington, were the best team in the Halton Secondary School Athletic Association (HSSAA). The Lords won the HSSAA Tier 1 Championship, upsetting the M.M. Robinson Rams in an exciting final that ended up being Joel’s highlight of the season.

Joel also won with the Burlington Stampeders of the Ontario Football Conference (OFC), who’s bantam team went 8-0 and won the 2015 Bantam Championship.

Joel played a significant part in both of his team’s championship playing a range of positions including offensive guard, offensive tackle, and defensive tackle to help his teams.

Joel’s impressive season earned him a spot in the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) and attention from around the province.

Joel hopes to build on his past success this season in his grade 10 year.

“I am looking into losing weight and gaining muscle for my upcoming season in order to improve,” says Joel.

Joel gets a lot of inspiration to work hard in life and in football.

“The most influential people in my life are my friends and family,” says Joel. “They support me in everything I do.”

In terms of the future, Joel’s recruiting process has just begun and he is open to considering any school.

“I don’t know what my future holds for me yet,” says Joel. “[But] I am hoping to attend university in 2018.”

Joel hopes that the rest of his high school years will be as successful as his bantam season.

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