Health & Wellness

The ultimate guide to Humber Athletics

by Andrew Slock

Humber and sports go together like blue and gold.

Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber have a rich history of athletic involvement. With such an amazing combination of students and faculty, it’s no wonder that our school comes together to compete and have fun.

There are so many teams, activities, and classes for students to get involved in that there is literally something for everyone. Even if you’re normally not the athletic type!

So, without further ado, here’s your ultimate guide to Humber Athletics.

 

Varsity sports

You may have heard that some of the brilliant students here at Humber and UofGH are also formidable athletes on our varsity teams, but did you know that we’re home to some of the best in sports like baseball, basketball, and volleyball?

Between our men and women who make up the Humber Hawks, there are 19 different teams who compete against top Canadian schools each year in pursuit of glory.

Here are some exciting teams to check out this year.

 

Men’s baseball

Humber men's baseball player stirs up dust as he slides to base.

Bringing home the OCAA silver medal last year definitely drew some attention to the men’s baseball team. Former assistant coach, Matthew Ferreira, takes the reins as head coach this season and plans to bring a championship to Humber. 

Fans rejoice as OCAA all-star pitcher, Steven Hough, returns to the mound this season. He’s joined by some familiar faces along with seven new recruits. 

This year is particularly special as the team is set to host the CCAA Men’s Baseball National Invitational from Thursday, Oct. 25 to Sunday, Oct. 28 at Connorvale Park and Centennial Park in Etobicoke. 

Catch their next home game against the Durham Lords on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m.

 

Women’s basketball

Humber women's basketball player raises arms to fans during game

For basketball fans, this season is one to watch as the women’s team defends their CCAA National Championship title. They’ve been the top team in Canada twice in the last three years and they were undefeated last season with an amazing 26-0 record. Expectations are high, but this team has shown time and time again that they know how to perform under pressure.

Humber legend, Ceejay Nofuente, has moved on to play pro ball in Denmark but the roster remains strong. With the signing of new guard, Brittania Brown, and key players like Felicia Velasquez and Miea Campbell-Johnson returning to the court, there’s no shortage of talent.

Come out and make some noise at their first home game against the Lambton Lions on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.

 

Men’s volleyball

Two Humber men's volleyball team mates stand in front of net.

The men’s volleyball team is another Humber varsity program that brought home the OCAA silver medal last year. After refreshing their roster with many new faces, they found a winning combination with players like Kamyn Wilkins, Rady Kim, and OCAA overall rookie of the year, Dylan Devecseri.

All three men return this season to improve on the already strong foundation they built last season. Joining them are three other returning players, along with 10 new student-athletes.

There’s even more excitement surrounding the Hawks this season as they’re set to host the OCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship from Thursday, Feb. 21 to Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Humber Athletic Centre.

Be sure to show your support at their first home game against the Redeemer Royals on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.

 

Women’s volleyball

Humber women's volleyball player dives for the ball.

The women’s volleyball team at Humber is a storied program, to say the least. They won their eleventh consecutive OCAA championship last season. Yeah, you read that right. Eleventh. Consecutive. Championship.

If that’s not amazing enough, their victory marked their seventh straight undefeated regular season. That’s a winning streak of 152 games!

This year’s roster boasts the return of OCAA all-star, Kyla Wilkins, along with promising new recruit, Lauren Schneider, who was a three-time all-star during her years at Stephen Lewis Secondary School.

These incredible athletes, along with Humber’s longest serving head coach Chris Wilkins, are nothing short of amazing. If you’re a fan of volleyball, or heck, if you’re a fan of sports in general—you owe it to yourself to see them play.

Their first home game is against the Redeemer Royals on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.

Want to support the other varsity teams that make up the Humber Hawks? Check the schedule for upcoming games.

 

Recreation

Our varsity teams are great, but they’re not for everyone. Luckily Humber and UofGH offer plenty of alternatives for those who prefer to be active on their own terms.

Here are some fun sports and activities available to all full-time students.

 

Intramurals

Humber students playing intramural basketball.

If you love playing sports, but prefer to keep it a little more casual, then consider registering for intramural games. They’re a great way to get active, have fun, and meet new people on campus. As a bonus, you don’t have to worry about attending extra practices or super competitive games.

This fall you can register for sports like basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer and even ice hockey. There’s programming available during the day, evening, and weekends too. Sign up at North campus on your own or as a team. If you’re at Lakeshore, email lakeshorecampusrec@humber.ca to get involved.

Visit the intramurals websites for North campus and Lakeshore campus for more details.

 

Extramurals

Humber students skating after extramural hockey championship.

These teams are for the student-athletes of Humber and UofGH who are interested in playing competitive sports, but on a smaller scale than the varsity level. Unlike intramurals, who only play with and against other students at our school, extramural teams compete against other schools and frequently travel offsite for games.

Extramural sports offer regular practices, experienced coaches, student athletic therapists, identifiable team clothing, tournament uniforms, and a year-end awards banquet. What more could you want?

For key dates and general extramurals information check out the websites for North campus and Lakeshore campus.

Tryouts have wrapped up at all campuses, but you can join a team next September.

Adventure programs

Humber students playing archery tag.

Humber North and Lakeshore adventure programs are some of the most interesting and unique activities available to full-time students. They’re non-traditional, non-competitive, full day events that focus on getting students to have fun while trying new things.

The adventure programs include cool stuff like horseback riding, treetop trekking, indoor rock climbing, archery tag, and snow tubing. Students pay a small fee to participate and get access to experienced instructors, equipment rentals, transportation, and snacks.

This year’s programs are currently being planned, but spaces are limited and tend to fill up fast. Follow @HumberNorthRec on Twitter for updates on program availability.

 

Fitness

Humber students running on treadmills.

Some of us run out of breath every time we have to walk across campus. But hey, some of you love walking. Some of you even love—*gasp*running!

If you’re not necessarily interested in sports, but still like to exercise, then be sure to take advantage of the fitness centres at North campus and Lakeshore campus. They’re equipped with cardio machines, free weights, cable stations, aerobics rooms, and a group fitness studio.

Membership is FREE for students; all you have to do is show your student ID to get in. There are also many FREE fitness classes that you can sign up for like: yoga, zumba, bootcamp, spin, and kickboxing.

The fitness centres also offer discounted personal training and nutrition services to help you achieve your goals.

 

All images courtesy of Humber Athletics.


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