Pranav Desai

Pranav Desai

Pranav is an avid sports fan who also enjoys writing. Now in his second year as Sports Editor for The Cord, he is aiming to make the sports section better than ever. His ideal career would involve sports in some way, and he hopes that the Cord can help him reach that goal in the future.

Articles by Pranav Desai

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Women’s athletics at Laurier has grown in leaps and bounds

In the 1990’s, Wilfrid Laurier University’s athletic facility only had four washroom stalls for the women’s athletic teams and the women’s change room was only a third of the size of the men’s change room.  Now, as of 2019, Laurier women’s varsity teams have won 36 out of the 73 OUA championships and seven of the 14 national championships in […]

by Pranav Desai· · Features ·
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Pair of Hawks prepare to compete at 2019 Canadian swimming trials

Wilfrid Laurier University’s varsity swimmers Jasmine Raines and Tyson MacDonald are all set to compete at the 2019 Canada Swimming Trials. The trials will take place from Apr. 3 to 7 in Toronto as MacDonald and Raines will get the opportunity to eventually represent Canada at the international level. “I’m really excited. This will be my second time competing at […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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Justin Serresse coaches Team Red to victory at Biosteel all Canadian game

Wilfrid Laurier University’s men’s varsity basketball head coach Justin Serresse coached Team Red to a victory at the Biosteel All Canadian Boys Basketball Game on Mar. 31 in Toronto. The game consisted of the top 24 male Canadian high school basketball players. Coach Serresse coached some of the players on his team in the past and he has now established […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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Laurier cricket club’s women’s team finishes 2nd at indoor tournament

The Laurier Cricket Club’s women’s team finished in second place at the first ever Canadian College Cricket Women’s Ontario Cup this past weekend. The tournament was an indoor cricket competition featuring numerous schools from all over Ontario. The Hawks defeated the hosts, Ryerson, in the semi-finals to get to the final where they took on York University. “We trained really […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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Chuder Teny: Leaving a lasting impact on the Laurier basketball program

Before being interviewed, Wilfrid Laurier University’s basketball star Chuder Teny told me to come over to his house sometime so that he can beat me in FIFA. Although it was said in jest, this comment gave me a glimpse into Teny’s competitive nature. Chuder Teny has made a massive impact on the Laurier men’s basketball program throughout his five years […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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An in-depth look at what makes the Laurier-Western rivalry so special

Wilfrid Laurier University’s rivalry with Western is something that brings all the Laurier students together. If you ask Laurier students, they’ll state numerous reasons for why they don’t like Western and why the rivalry exists. For starters, Laurier was affiliated with Western until 1960. The school’s colours, purple and gold, are an extension of the affiliation with Western. Our original […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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Sydney Pattison finishes 12th at U-Sports championship

After winning the first OUA middle-distance medal in Laurier’s middle-distance program’s history, Sydney Pattison finished in twelfth place in 1500-metre race at the 2019 U-Sports track and field championships.  The championships this year took place at the University of Manitoba in the James Daly Fieldhouse from March 7 to 9. In what was her first appearance at the nationals, Pattison […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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An in-depth look at the responsibilities of head athletic therapist Jennifer Martins

The Wilfrid Laurier University men’s varsity football team gets a lot of attention during the season due to the exciting nature of the sport.  But what often goes under the radar is the work the team puts in behind the scenes.  One of the biggest reasons behind the football team’s massive success over the years is the outstanding coaching staff, […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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Annual University of Waterloo juggling festival takes place this weekend

The annual University of Waterloo juggling festival takes place this weekend from March 15 to 17. The weekend is divided into two separate events in the actual festival featuring workshops and a gala event on Saturday night. The festival will get underway on Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Physical Athletics Complex (PAC) at the University of Waterloo and […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
Editorial: How media can make the world look worse

Editorial: How media can make the world look worse

A few weeks ago, one my friends told me that he felt as if the general population of the world is sadder than it has ever been. He gave me some valid reasons for why he felt this way, including things like our addiction to technology, worldwide political disarray, global warming, etc. Although my first instinct was to agree with […]

by Pranav Desai· · Opinion ·