From the school yard to the big leagues: Magog’s Mikale Fontaine is training with the Montreal Impact

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From the school yard to the big leagues:  Magog’s Mikale Fontaine is training with  the Montreal Impact
Fontaine hopes to become a professional ­soccer player. His dream could soon be reality, as he is currently training with the Montreal Impact at their pre-season camp in Florida. (Photo : Courtesy of the Montreal Impact)

By Emilie Hackett, Special to the Record – Mikale Fontaine was not born in the soccer world, but it has very much become an integral part of his life now. He first played in a league when he was nine years old and was already a few years behind his teammates. Yet, time was not an issue for Fontaine. Nine years later, he is currently attending the Montreal Impact’s pre-season camp in Florida and is practicing among professional soccer players at the very young age of 18. The Magog native learned the basics of soccer in his elementary school’s yard but never thought of playing in a league. “That’s when I fell in love with soccer, but I didn’t really know it yet. I did spend every available minute playing with a soccer ball, though,” he said. Although he was not able to recognize his own talent, others were looking out for him. “A school supervisor called my parents at home and told them that they had to sign me up in a league because I had a special talent,” Fontaine explained. See full story in the Monday, Feb. 4 edition of The Record.

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