Nanaimo recruit looks ahead to fresh gridiron start in Calgary

Nanaimo wide receiver joins CWUAA team’s 2016 class.

To say that Whitman Tomusiak has faced adversity is an understatement.

For the past couple of seasons, the 6’1, 195 pound wide receiver from Nanaimo, British Columbia was working towards achieving success in the professional ranks with the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) BC Lions.

However, obstacles stood in the way of realizing his ultimate goal and Tomusiak decided to go back to the drawing board and figure out his next step in his gridiron career.

“I feel I got the short end of the stick in the CFL,” recalled the offensive standout, who ran a 4.4 40 yard time at the Lions E-Camp in 2013.   “I was essentially the odd man out after a coaching change.”

“After suffering a hamstring injury in Training Camp, I decided my best option was to sit out a year and then play a year in the CIS opposed to signing with anouther CFL team. I feel if in my amateur years I had played in the CIS opposed to the Junior Football League (CJFL), I would have been exposed to more teams than the BC Lions and would have been a high draft pick.”

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Then, opportunity knocked and Tomusiak decided to act on it as he committed to the Calgary Dinos.  The wide receiver will join the Dinos for the 2016 CWUAA season.

“I want to stay in the West so with that being said it is obvious that Calgary has being the cream of the crop for the last five years both in results and players moving on to pro careers,” explained Tomusiak of his decision.  “I have a good relationship with the Offensive Coordinator Ryan Sheahan who was guest coaching receivers in BC during 2013 training camp. I got to meet Head Coach Wayne Harris on my visit to Calgary and have nothing but positive things to say about him.”

Previous to the Lions, the wide receiver suited up for the Vancouver Island Raiders of the British Columbia Football Conference (BCFC) in the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL).  During his time there, he was named BCFC Offensive MVP as well as a CJFL All-Canadian.

Futhermore, Tomusiak played for the Nanaimo Redmen of the Vancouver Mainland Football League (VMFL).


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