Hawks hand out 74 awards honouring varsity best

Members of the women's volleyball team during the athletics banquet | Kirsten Schollig Members of the women's volleyball team during the athletics banquet | Kirsten Schollig

PJ Valois
Sports Reporter

Humber’s best athletes were celebrated at the annual varsity banquet and award ceremony held earlier this month.

Male Athlete of the Year awards went to golf team MVP Alex Dumais and All-Canadian soccer forward Mario Orestano.

“There are so many great athletes in our varsity program and to be recognized with this award is very humbling,” said Dumais.

Volleyball middle Kelly Nyfhof and badminton player Tracy Wong repeated as Female Athletes of the year. Nyhof was named the overall OCAA Player of the Year and said the award was icing on the cake to her varsity career.

“It’s that much more special being in your last year,” said Nyhof, who said it has always been more about team accolades than the personal ones.

The Athletic Director’s Pick award went to dual-sport athlete Kelsey Bardy, who plays on the fastball team and the rugby team.

“Humber varsity has truly become a part of me and it just proves to myself that I gave my all in my sports throughout the years and I am graduating from Humber knowing that I have not only left a mark, but I fit into another family,” said Bardy.

The banquet allows all varsity athletes to celebrate a collective accomplishment.

“When all of the athletes are together, you get a tremendous sense of accomplishment and unity as an entire varsity program,” said Dumais, who said Athletic Director Ray Chateau’s speech was the standout moment of the night.

“He did a great job. Every team has stories of their year and Ray’s speech brought some of them out,” he said.

The event was wrapped up by a video montage of the year in Humber athletics.

“It gives you chills and puts a smile on your face,” Nyhof said of the video. “At that moment you’re surrounded by a huge group of people who are a part of something so big and so special that it’s a family no one really understands until you’re a part of it.”