Getting to know you U SPORTS athletics staff: Daniil Anselmi, University of Alberta


Throughout the 2017-18 season, U SPORTS sits down with one key athlete, coach, and staff member of each U SPORTS athletic program in our new interview series “Getting to know…”

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  • Name: Daniil Anselmi
  • School: University of Alberta
  • Position: Multimedia Producer/Editor
  • Seniority: 4 Years
  • Hometown: Ottawa, ON

1. How did you get to your current position, and what do you enjoy most about our job?

While I was finishing up my Television Broadcasting diploma, interning at a local TV station, I reached out to the Golden Bears and Pandas Events Manager to see if there was any interest in having more video developed. We eventually came up with a position that transitioned into a full-time role. What I enjoy most about my job is finding new ways to showcase our incredible student-athletes.

2. Who has had the most influence on your career?

Working with our current Events and Production team here at the University of Alberta has had the biggest impact on my career. Everyone brings something unique to the table, so I try to feed off their skills and energy.

3. What is your greatest sporting moment or achievement?

My greatest sporting achievement is playing an entire season of Men’s league soccer without sustaining a catastrophic injury.

4. How would you define a University student-athlete?

A University student-athlete is someone who is driven to succeed in as many areas as one possibly can.

5. What does success look like for the Golden Bears and Pandas University athletics program?

The standard for success at the University of Alberta is higher than most programs in the country, simply because of our history of winning programs and amazing individuals. It’s not an easy place to play.

6. What’s the biggest challenge you face in today’s sports world?

The biggest challenge I face in the sports world is the ever-evolving media landscape. Trying to stay on top of the newest trends without alienating your long-time base of supporters is difficult. The internet is scary.

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7. Where would you like to see Canadian university sport in the next three to five years?

All it takes is someone to attend one game to start caring. Imagine if Canadians cared about University sport like they do professional ones. My videos could go viral.

8. If you could sit down for dinner with one person in the sports industry (athlete, coach or manager), who would it be? Why? What would you talk about? 

I would have dinner with Gianluigi Buffon. He is the face of Italian soccer of my generation and has the most calming ‘thumbs up, I got this" face of all time. Google image search “Buffon thumbs up”.

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9. What would you say to a sports fan who’s never watched a U SPORTS game/tournament/competition?

You’ll be surprised at how good these athletes are.

10. What do you enjoy doing when you’re away from work?

When I am away from work, I spend my time nursing my frail body from Men’s league soccer injuries.