When looking back at how my coaching career began in September of 1988; even though it seems so long ago, it’s still so very vivid in my mind.
At the age of 19, in my first year at York University, I was fortunate enough to have been invited to run youth programs out of the Driftwood Community Recreation Centre and work with an amazing group of kids.
Loyal, passionate, selfless, a gentleman these were just some of the words people used to describe Wayne Fish. People who knew him say he was always putting students first.
Edward Wayne Fish died at the age of 64 on Feb. 8 after an eight year battle with cancer.
The buzzer goes off, 10 second timeout. He runs to the key, wipes away any moisture he sees on the glossy floor and runs right back to his place courtside. Time’s up and the players are back on a dry surface for the next three minutes of the quarter. He turns to his right and sees the girl keeping score giggling as she slumps into her chair sleepily.
Basketball was almost destined to be a big part of my life. My dad played competitively growing up and eventually in Europe. My mom also played. So, having two parents that already loved the game; it was very easy for my brothers and I to get involved.
A quick walk down Toronto’s Queen Street West shows that footwear–especially athletic footwear–has far outgrown its purpose as a necessity.
Running shoes have transcended the realm of sports and in the last few decades, slowly trickled into the streetwear scene. Now, there are sneakerheads everywhere.
Waves of young people swarm on sneaker stores like Livestock, Foot Locker and Adidas hoping to score Kanye West’s latest pair of Adidas Yeezys or a set of Air Jordans.
Freedom can be simple. It’s walking up to the edge of the rail and staring down the barrel of your next trick and knowing the only pre-requisite for freedom is a running start and the ingenuity to create. You aren’t going to catch free runners spending their Sunday’s on the couch unless they are vaulting over it.
In fact, they can be found at the local rec centre, running, hopping and vaulting up and down the and concrete ledges. Some of the stunts being pulled off would even make Jean-Claude Van Damme proud.
For GTA parkour member Omari Elemanawi he says parkour was a passion of his before he even knew it.
Travelling with and documenting an OCAA team was an ambitious idea from the get-go. There wasn’t an easy way to go about it. Cambrian said they would be happy to take a few of us along for one of their volleyball team road trips. Cambrian is a team based in Sudbury whose road trip extended to Windsor, then to London, a trip nearing 1,500 km. Our trip was not as strenuous as Cambrian’s, so we were able to enjoy the sights and not have to focus.
Cambrian is a college with over 11,000 full and part-time students in Sudbury. For athletes to compete against the rest of the province, the team travels thousands of kilometres by bus on a weekly basis. sweat travelled with the Cambrian Golden Shield men’s and women’s volleyball teams to St. Clair College in Windsor, then to Fanshawe College in London, then all the way back to Sudbury.
Despite the long travel times ahead of them, the Cambrian Athletics bus is loud and electric. The women’s team needed to win both games against the evenly ranked St. Clair Saints and the Fanshawe Falcons to make it to the playoffs. The men’s team was having a tough season and were not going to make the playoffs, but could play spoiler against a St. Clair team in a three-way tie for the last playoff spot. The last weekend of the regular season promised exciting volleyball.
Coming into the OCAA this year I was pretty blind sided. Being a rookie is already hard enough but I was also given an opportunity at a new position as setter.
I started playing volleyball in grade nine for my high school team then gradually worked my way into playing club volleyball in grade 10, 11 and 12 but the only position I’ve ever played was power.
Being a setter for my first time ever and starting for a post secondary team my first year was very challenging. There are so many things people don’t know about setting. I wasn’t even aware of anything I learned this year prior to my season. What people underestimate is that setting isn’t a piece of cake. I was one of the people who did underestimate it as well. I didn’t realize on how much your vision of the court had to change, how technical your form needed to be and how much of a leader you needed to be.