Hawks soar again in 2013-14 varsity season

Humber College hosted the 2013 CCAA Cross-Country Nationals this past year. The Hawks won 35 medals in both provincial and national play. | Peter Davey Humber College hosted the 2013 CCAA Cross-Country Nationals this past year. The Hawks won 35 medals in both provincial and national play. | Peter Davey

Jeff Sehl
Sports Reporter

The Humber Hawks continued their varsity dominance this year, owning the podium in provincial and national competition.

The Hawks took home a total of 35 team and individual medals, as well as a host of personal awards and all-star nominations.

It’s the type of success the Humber community has become accustomed to, said Jim Bialek, Humber manager of athletics and sports information.

“It just continues to amaze me how strong our program is … across all sports,” said Bialek. “Eighteen out of 20 teams were on (an OCAA) podium. Nine team (OCAA) championships plus some individual championships is pretty incredible.”

He said despite all of the hardware and personal accolades, it’s not the most successful year.

“I think a couple of years ago we had something like 17 provincial gold medals,” Bialek said. “But where this is special is we could’ve won 20 gold medals this year.”

Humber’s tradition of winning is a point of pride for Humber athletes, said women’s volleyball star, OCAA Female Athlete of the Year and Humber Hall of Famer, Kelly Nyhof.

“Being a part of the winning tradition means a lot to me. Not many schools in Ontario have the type of reputation that we do, not only with volleyball, but a lot of sports,” she said.

For graduating Humber Hawk golfer and Male Athlete of the Year, Alex Dumais, contributing to Humber’s tradition of athletic success was always a goal for himself and his team.

“Winning provincials and nationals is definitely the goal of the golf team every year,” he said. “We have been fortunate to have incredible coaching and other resources to create a really solid team every year which has made our goals very attainable, and being able to say that I was part of several championships makes me feel proud.”

Humber’s history of athletic success is something that new Hawks recognize and strive to live up to as well, said men’s rugby coach Fabian Rayne.

“I became the head coach about three years ago and there was that winning tradition before I got there, so I’m just trying to continue with that winning tradition and trying to improve in certain areas,” he said.

Winning aside, earning a spot as a Humber varsity athlete is an exceptional opportunity to join a terrific community of athletes. It’s an opportunity that Humber athletes don’t take for granted.

“Being a Humber Hawk is a great privilege. You are surrounded by tons of really talented student athletes, coaches and facilities that can give you the opportunity to excel at whatever sport you play for, “ said Dumais. “Being a part of the family has been an honour.”

“When you’re a Hawk, everyone feels like family,” Nyhof said. “You know there are a bunch of people willing to do whatever it takes to make sure the experience is a one in a million experience and for me it was.

“I had chances to go play at other schools throughout my five years (at Humber) but when those opportunities came up, I never wanted to leave. Humber has become my second family, my home away from home and changing schools wouldn’t have been the same,” she continued.

“Once you’re a Hawk you don’t want to be anything else.”