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AL TURNBULL, 22

President of the University of Manitoba Students' Union (UMSU), linebacker and special-teams captain with the U of M Bisons football team

Accomplishments:

A political professional and a gridiron great, Turnbull is blazing his own trail on the U of M campus. He's the only active university athlete in Canada to also be the students' union president (and maybe the first ever). Re-elected in March as UMSU president, which is a full-time job, Turnbull will continue to take classes this fall and play in his fifth and final football season. While his favourite thing is grinding guys into the ground on the field, he's pretty good at juggling football, his studies and his UMSU job. As the 2014-15 UMSU president, Turnbull said his goal is to "improve the student experience and increase student spirit" at the U of M. As one of the football captains and a fifth-year player, Turnbull can feel a special season coming on. "This is the team, we've all said it. Some of the stars have aligned, this is really one of those make-or-break years. We have an opportunity to win a Vanier Cup (national championship) with this team. The star power we have and the group that we've had since 2009, 2010, have grown up into this coming year."

The Bisons won the 2007 Vanier Cup, before Turnbull's time. This month, Turnbull will earn his arts degree, with a double major in linguistics and political studies. After the 2014 CIS football season, and his term as UMSU president, he will apply to law school.

Favourite workout?

I've most recently fallen in love with doing full-body exercises such as cleans, jerks, and snatches. These exercises translate into movements a defensive player may make on the field when making a tackle.

Favourite workout song?

Apollo by Hardwell and Eyes on Fire by Zeds Dead are two of my favourites. I enjoy high-tempo music from the big DJs that are travelling the world the most.

Fitness Tip?

Recently I have realized, as my metabolism slows down, that diet is key. So I have been really trying to regulate what goes into my body. The slogan I have been using in my head when I see something that I know isn't healthy is "not even once." This is a spinoff from the anti-methamphetamine commercials, so I get a good kick comparing fast food to something as damaging as meth.

What's in your fridge?

I like the basics: vegetables, meats and healthy carbs like rice or potatoes. I don't always have a ton of options, but I do try to make it work; however, my job can make this challenging.

What's your guilty pleasure?

I have an insatiable hunger when it comes to certain salty foods. My favourite burger in the entire city is the Mrs. Mike's King Burger, located on Tache Avenue. My father always used to take us there to eat on our way to the cabin, and I have definitely carried on the tradition. I have been known to eat more than one of these in one sitting -- which is a feat!

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 17, 2014 D16

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