Program: Business Administration - Year: 5
Q: What brought you to Keyano College?
I came to Keyano College because I was looking for an opportunity to study and play volleyball. In fact, it had always been a dream of mine to move from one country to another and to play volleyball for that country.
My dream came true.
Q: What do you like the most about living in Fort McMurray?
Honestly, I like the community. I come from a place where you don’t receive much love from people. Here in Fort McMurray, the hospitality of people is welcoming, and I really like what I’m doing, and where I am right now.
Q: Where do you see yourself after graduating?
There are two options that I am considering.
I’m thinking about staying here to work and grow the sport of volleyball in Fort McMurray. My other thought is to move to England to complete my masters, but that’s after I’ve settled down here for a bit first.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being on the Keyano Huskies Men’s Volleyball team?
It’s the little things that make it rewarding.
When you play a sport, you see the appreciation of fans. Whether it’s your teacher smiling in the stands or the kids who come to games, their enjoyment is the reason why we play.
Q: Who has had the most influence on your career?
My Parents. They invested in me and pushed me to become a better person. I’d say that my Mom has had a greater influence on me and my career. My mother grew up in a small village with 12 siblings, and as one of the older siblings, it was her responsibility to look after her brothers and sisters. She always pushed me towards education, not so much sports. She encouraged me to keep up my studies, and stressed the importance of education. I really thank her for everything she has done for me, and I’ve always admired anyone who has had a hard start and achieved something.
Q: In addition to winning a Championship, does your team have other goals? What are they?
Helping the community and representing Keyano.
Student athletes represent Keyano, and when we go to away games, people from outside our community see us. So it’s important to play well and represent our community to the best of our abilities. Another goal of ours is to continue the growth of volleyball in Fort McMurray. I really think that Keyano College has the tools, coaches, and gym to become one of the very best volleyball schools. For me personally, once I leave volleyball, I want to see the sport grow.
Q: Imagine you’ve received a national award five years from now.
Can you tell me why you received this award and what it’s called?
If I won an award, I would like it to be recognition for helping in our community. Call it the “Involvement in Community award”. The reason why, is because I was given so much support when I came here, that I feel like I owe it to the community to return the favour.
I’d also like to start a beach volleyball academy.
I love the sport and would like to inspire others and kids to play it. I’ve always dreamed of being a Sports Director, and perhaps the award could reflect that too.
Q: Who is the (Funniest / Most Athletic / Compassionate) teammate?
Funniest – Cam Visscher #15
Most Athletic – Kelly Woods #3
Compassionate – Kyrel Herman #16
Q: Favourite sports team? My favorite team is: Zaksa Kędzierzyn-Koźle.
Zaksa is a professional volleyball team that plays in the small city of Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Poland. A good friend of mine, Krzysztof Rejno is a player on that team.
Q: Favourite show? How I met your Mother.
Q: Favourite book, series or author? 59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman.
Q: What’s on your playlist right now? My Playlist has a bunch of hip-hop, some electronic dance music and a little bit of country music too.
Q: What do you listen to on game day?
I like to listen to something that relaxes me before the game. I’ll go back and listen to music I listened to when I would go on road trips to play beach Volleyball. Something relaxing like: “I got you” by Duke Dumont.
Q: Do you have any game day rituals?
Yes, (laughs) yes I do. On Friday games, I always eat Fish ‘n Chips with a Poutine.
The guys tease me a little for it, but I don’t mind. It’s my meal and I’ll even go out to a restaurant on my own to get it. When I was in Poland, I would eat Fish before games, it’s a ritual for me. On Saturday, because the games are earlier, I’ll have bacon and eggs. I also warm up the same before every game, by elevating my legs and relaxing.
Q: Do you have any Pets?
Yes, I have a dog named Andrus who is back home in Poland.