Students break a sweat at Humber Olympics

Ed Hitchins
Sports Editor

While the 2018 Olympics are still at least two months away in South Korea, Humber students got the chance to participate in a very different style of multi-sporting event.

The ninth annual Humber Olympics was hosted by the Humber Athletics Centre on Dec. 8. About 200 people donated $2 to put themselves through a strenuous workout organized by final year Fitness and Health Promotion students.

Proceeds went toward the Kyle Hoseman Scholarship, which is dedicated to the former Humber health and fitness wellness student who passed away last year after a long battle with leukemia. The award named after the 24-year-old is presented to a student who overcame personal obstacles, and has a good work ethic and a healthy lifestyle.

Games like the Spartan Race, Soccer Dash and All-Star Shootout were held the event.

“I just want to have fun, and win, because I am extremely competitive,” fitness student Rachel McTeer said.

Jason Garcia, who is one of the organizers of the event, said it was something that brought all walks of life together.

“It’s pretty cool,” Garcia said. “I’ve never participated in organizing this event. There’s a lot of things about it. It motivates you as well because it helps kids get active and it’s for an incredible cause.”

People like Vaughan’s Maple High School teacher Tania Pitamer brought several of her students.
“This is torturous,” said Pitamer after the Spartan Race. “I consider myself in shape. I exercise. This was absolutely strenuous. It made my heart jump like crazy.”

Kenny Chou, one of her students, think it’s a positive thing that he and his classmates were able to take part. He said he’d like to continue to pursue this field after high school ends.

“It was fun. The trainers motivated me, they pushed me,” the grade 12 student said. “I think I’d like to pursue this avenue when going to college. Maybe help little kids get their fitness levels up.”

Trainers like Gabriella Nietchovzek, a final year student in Fitness and Health, loved how she was able to help the participants achieve something that for some would normally not happen.

“It’s really great to help and motivate people,” she said. “Especially when sometimes people are unsure of whether or not they can do it. We also have modifications, like doing modified push-ups instead of regular ones, to help them.

“I’m very happy to be able to help out,” Nietchovzek said.

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