Humber draws talent with its unparalleled amount of success

OCAA champion banners were introduced in 2006 and no-one has more than Humber. The Hawks’ Ancil Martin looks on during the OCAA championship hosted at Durham College. (Mathew Hartley)

Mathew Hartley
Sports Reporter

Another year is in the books as the Humber Hawks’ success continues with 24 OCAA medals, more than half of them gold.

The OCAA introduced championship banners in 2006 and the Humber gym has already lost a wall of space, which Athletics manager Jim Bialek said could be viewed as emblems of a dynasty.

Seneca, Mohawk and Fanshawe, three other teams in the top half of the OCAA total medal count in the last 10 years, only surpass Humber when all combined.

“Outside looking in, it’s actually spectacular, the key here is consistency,” said Bialek.

Humber stands alone as the only college to have medals in every OCAA sport in the last decade.

The Hawks’ continued success is having an effect on some of Ontario’s impending high school graduates.

Football player Kevin Jackowski, from Bishop Reading Secondary School in Milton, Ont, aims for a career in policing.

Jackowski, 19, says he wants to convert his football game to rugby and faces a tough decision between the University of Guelph-Humber and Western University in London, Ont.

“Everything’s a factor, Western’s campus is much nicer, but Humber’s rugby team are provincial champs,” Jackowski said.

Guelph-Humber athletes get a rare choice between the Guelph Gryphons and Humber Hawks upon acceptance.

Sheridan has three campuses in Ontario and like Humber offers exceptional academics.

The Bruins have enjoyed success in OCAA soccer and basketball during the last decade but are middle of the pack in total team medal counts.

Bialek says Humber’s athletic success doesn’t need to be the number one factor in choosing the college.

“Athletics helps draw people to the institution. A student should always choose based on their academics, but saying that, Humber has exceptional academics,” said Bialek.

Competition among educational institutions is intense, both academically and athletically.

Humber’s volleyball coach, Dean Wylie, said there is no such thing as too much winning.

“It’s a great problem to have, we’re not sorry about winning,” Wylie said.

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