LB DeLaroque leaves everything on the field


Thunder standout open to out of province recruitment, local CIS option in play

Interlake Thunder linebacker Austin DeLaroque has his family as his rock.

Austin Delaroque

Linebacker, Fullback, Special Teams

6’0, 215 lbs

Interlake Thunder  (Minor:  MFLM)
St.James Rods (Minor: MMFL)
Crescentwood Grizzlies (Minor: MMFL)


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Manitoba, Open


Austin DeLaroque’s football career began ten years ago when he was seven years old with the St.James Rods (Manitoba Major Football League). Austin suited up with the Rods for six years before changing to the Crescentwood Grizzlies of the MMFL for a season. The last two years DeLaroque has played for the Interlake Thunder in the Midget Football League of Manitoba (MFLM).

During his time on the gridiron, Austin has received five Player of the Year Awards, a Lineman Player of the Year Award, and last year he was named Thunder MVP. DeLaroque was also a finalist for the league MVP of the MFLM. In 2014 Austin was named to the MFLM All-Rookie Team and in 2015 he was named to the MFLM All-Star Team. Austin mentioned, “I’ve had the honour of playing in the MFLML All Star Game for the last two years”.

The University of Manitoba stands out to Austin because it is the closest to home, but he is open to playing elsewhere.

“I am seriously considering the University of Manitoba as it is closest to home, but I would love the opportunity to attend a school in another Province or State, explained DeLaroque.

Austin’s highlights from last season were leading the MFLM in tackles and getting nominated for MVP of the league.

In Austin’s life his parents have been a huge influence to him. Austin said, “My parents have been a huge influence in my life. They have encouraged me to strive for success and happiness in all aspects of my life.”

Throughout the years Austin’s coaches have had a big influence on him as well. Coach Johnston stood out to Austin.

“My coach, Coach Johnston has been a wonderful mentor, and has set me up for success, not just in football, but in life as well, added DeLaroque.

Austin comes from a large family. He has two brothers and a sister who are his best friends. He enjoys school and his grades are important to him. Austin has been an honour student since grade 7. When he’s not playing football, he is on the baseball diamond playing for the varsity team. He loves to hunt, fish and spend time outdoors with his family. Austin’s also had the opportunity to help coach many other young athletes in football and baseball.

Once he’s completed high school, Austin plans on enrolling in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences. He would like to pursue a career in Wildlife Conservation.

For his training regimen Austin does a combination of weight and cardio training several times a week at the YMCA.

As of right now Austin plans to visit local universities, but if he was invited he was jump at the opportunity to visit other campuses.

For this upcoming season Austin plans to train hard on and off the field.

“I would like to become a better student of the game and to continue to develop as a player. I will continue to give my all to my team, throughout the season. Hopefully through hard work I will be able to catch the attention of some schools”, concluded Austin.

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