Timeout for Sports
The dynamics as a team will make you a better person." - Roy Hoople
It is a struggle for students to choose, but how about coaches? Roy Hoople is the coach of the school’s tennis, volleyball, soccer, and badminton teams. He’s passionate about giving students and people in general chances, as he also coaches many teams outside of Canterbury. The real question is, what makes you want to coach sports?
Mr. Hoople enjoys being a coach because it’s about giving back, making sure that everyone is able to play a sport and that they do their best. However, I wondered if he ever felt like the large selection of sports could be overwhelming to students. Mr. Hoople gave me insight that it's not that there are too many sports teams to choose from, but it's the “nature of the school" that students have a lot of competing interests and priorities.
"(At Canterbury) there’s a lot of talented players,” but not all of that talent can be used, said Mr. Hoople.
He explained that students have to focus on their academics and many are also enrolled in Arts Canterbury or the Business SHSM, commitments that can halt students from putting in time for school sports. Scheduling conflicts are also a problem, since so many of our students travel from all over Ottawa to get here; many need to get on a bus at a certain time to get home.
If the students can't make it to games for their sport, it can affect others too. When asking Mr. Hoople about advice for making decisions in terms of the sports you want to play, he responded, “it’s life, it’s a classroom,” he said. “The dynamics as a team will make you a better person.”
With Canterbury students having their schedules exceptionally packed, scheduling sports can be difficult for most; therefore, it is important to make the right decisions upfront. Mr. Hoople ended the interview by telling me this: “try out for every team that you are interested in, don’t cut yourself.”