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Cochrane Eagle welcomes Tyler Klinkhammer to the team

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable," - Socrates, in Xenophon's Memorabilia
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A self-portrait of the Cochrane Eagle's newest member of the team, Tyler Klinkhammer.

I’ve always been passionate about what’s happening in the world around me.

When I was younger, I used to think a lot about what I wanted to do with my life. I always came around to careers that would put me in a position to help people— police officer, firefighter or veterinarian.

I was searching for something that would allow me to have a positive impact on my community.

As I got older I got to spend more and more time with people who worked in the news media.

My mother was a community journalist for nearly a decade before I was born, and she maintained contact with a lot of people from the industry who I was exposed to in my adolescence.

The more time I spent around them, the more I began to notice certain things about them: they were a group of intelligent, talented, passionate people who were concerned with making positive changes in their communities.

I’m not so sure about those other two, but I’ve got passion in spades.

So, I figured if I made an effort to model my life in a similar way, I might pick up the other two along the way.

Although my background is community reporting, I’ll be focusing on sports for the Cochrane Eagle.

Athletics are another subject that is very important to me. I was raised in a hockey family, and I’ve been involved in sports from a young age.  My athletic resume is all over the map. I’ve played soccer, rugby, practiced Muay Thai and boxing, and as an adult, I have been completely absorbed by rock climbing.

Most of my downtime these days is spent running, working out, in the climbing gym, or on the side of a mountain. There is no better way to unwind from a stressful week than a quick jaunt up a mountain.

Sports are not just entertainment for me; they’re a way for me to take care of my body and my mind; they’re a way for me to take a measure of myself, and my determination.

Now, I get the pleasure of sharing the stories of other athletes who are finding themselves through sports and the teams that give them an opportunity to do so.

Since making the decision to pursue journalism, I haven’t looked back. I love telling the stories of my community, and it’s something I’m very proud to do.

I’m very excited about this new chapter in my life, and I’m very grateful to be able to serve a community as vibrant as Cochrane.

If you have a story to tell me, I would be happy to hear it.

I can be reached at the Cochrane Eagle office directly at 587-327-6541, or by email at tklinkhammer@cochrane.greatwest.ca.



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Tyler Klinkhammer

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Sports reporter for the Cochrane Eagle.
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