Rider Tshishimbi attracting schools early on

Riders standout ready to dive into recruitment pool

Safety focused on improving, staying healthy and getting better for next season

Stephane Tshishimbi

Position:
Safety

Height/Weight:
5’11”, 160lbs

Team:
Myers Riders (OVFL)
Nepean Eagles (NCAFA)

Commitment:
None

Official Visits:
None

Considerations:
Open

Class:
2019

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Stephane, who was born in Congo but grew up in Canada, first hit the gridiron at the age of eight at the tyke level for the Bel-Air Lions in the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA). He played there as a linebacker/safety until his second year mosquito, and was awarded the Team MVP award during his time as a Lion.

In 2014, he played his first year of Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) with the bantam Myers Riders as a safety/halfback. That year he led his team defensively as a rookie and the team ended up winning the provincial championship. Moreover, he also played that year in peewee for the Nepean Eagles in the NCAFA, as a safety, and won Defensive MVP.

Stephane’s second year with the Riders, he played as safety and running back, and led his team to the conference finals. Unfortunately, he suffered a hip injury in the first quarter and they lost the game, but he won Team MVP for the season and was named OVFL All-Star for defensive back, which was the highlight of his season.

“… All my hard work is being recognized and that’s all I want,” said Stephane.

Second-year peewee with the Eagles, Stephane started the first game on defence, but played the rest of the season at running back and won MVP at the end of the season.

This passed summer season, the Rider played his first junior varsity year and participated in the provincial championship, where they defeated the London Mustangs.

Thus far, Stephane has not been considering universities yet, but he has already caught the attention of some schools.

In the future, he hopes “to make it as far as possible in life by the grace of God,” added the safety.

For next season, the Rider hopes to improve, get better and stay healthy. Soon he will be starting a training program, but in the past he has been training with his uncle, Jonathan Cimankinda.

“He’s the one who pushed me to even start playing this sport as a young kid,” explained Stephane, “he’s my personal coach and my mentor.”

His other uncle, JP Cimankinda, is also an influence in his life and on his football career.

“Seeing him succeed in this sport like he is makes me want to be greater and pushes me twice as hard,” added the Rider.

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