The invisible opponent

Lucia Kalmeyer, a volleyball player at Durham College, suffers from anxiety and depression, and says that being a student-athlete takes a toll on her, and it isn’t something that she would recommend for everyone. “I think a lot of people underestimate what it takes to be a student-athlete because not only are you worrying about your sport and school. Sometimes other people have jobs that they have to take into account – trying to find a common ground can be hard sometimes,” says Kalmeyer. Having problems with your mental health can push you to act in indescribable ways. Many students feel stressed juggling school work, a part-time job and their everyday social lives. There have been moments where former Humber student, Cece Girma, would have a full-blown breakdown over things she couldn’t control.

What is sport?

Sport is a fluid, dynamic phenomenon. One moment is spent in defensive gear and in a split second the gear changes and the team shifts to their attack. A team member who excels in playmaking can often find themselves engaging in solo goal attempts. From this acknowledgement of changeability, it is very difficult to confine the elements of a sporting event to objective criteria. This description and essential nature applies equally to the game in motion and the game on paper.

Smashing records

“Three years ago I tore my ACL at a game at Humber playing against Fanshawe, it was, I think, in the third quarter. I did a move, a step back to get the shot off before the shot clock went off and I landed on a girl’s foot. I stepped on her foot while I was pushing off so I was off balance and all I heard was a pop in my knee as that happened I went down grabbing my knee crying, screaming. It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt.” Ceejay Nofuente is a point guard on the Humber College women’s basketball team and she shares with sweat what she calls her most challenging experience she has overcome in basketball. This year she says she has come back stronger than ever. Nofuente has recently been making a buzz in the OCAA by breaking records and holding titles including all-time leading scorer at Humber, most points scored, the most three-pointers and two time championship MVP. “I didn’t think I would play basketball again or overcome that injury,” Nofuente says about her rookie year injury. “But then getting a surgery date quickly and with the help of therapy and support from our strength and conditioning staff I was able to come back within less than a year after my surgery and just be a better player mentally and physically.”

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