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Description: From then on, he said, "it was harder and harder to fight? But getting to that point was a hard journey for [Willie Friesen], who was brought up in a Mennonite family in Saskatchewan. "I really liked to win? he said of his younger years in sports. He also liked to play tough, and got into a lot of fights during games-something that deeply worried his father, a committed pacifist. "If one day you have to go before a judge to say you don't want to go to war, how will you ever be able to say you are a conscientious objector with all your fights?" he said his father asked him.After the game, though, he was called in to meet the coach. He thought it might be to tell him how great he had played and what a great addition he was to the team. But it was the opposite. "I was told that the Flyers hadn't drafted me to score goals, but to play tough," he said. "That's when I knew I couldn't do it anymore."As for sports, Friesen, a member of Calgary's Trinity Mennonite Church, said that Christian athletes need to know "the difference between winning and winning at all costs." They also need to make sure that the drive to win doesn't turn into "something that hurts other people."
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