Dancing, determination and digs
Published on Tuesday, 08 February 2011 21:00
By the age of five, her impromptu fits of dancing had become
somewhat of a spectacle in the community of Kingston, Ont. Without
encouragement, she would succumb to her heart’s desire and bust a move on the
A parade was taking place in her hometown, but rather than
observing the many different sights and sounds around her, she took to the
street and danced like nobody was watching. The irony is that she was photographed
for the local newspaper while in the middle of her unencumbered routine.
That dancing machine would grow up and continue in numerous
dancing disciplines like tap, jazz, ballet and lyrical.
Eventually her passion for dance would translate into a
pension for physical activity and involvement in soccer, basketball and
Nicole Hawkins, the beneficiary of multiple player-of-the-game
accolades for her play with the Kodiaks volleyball team this year, maintains
that passion and determination have helped her to where she is today.
“I’m proud of being dedicated in school and not letting
anything get in the way, and really pushing myself to be better at everything,”
This dedication has been developed gradually over the course
of her life, and Hawkins’s upbringing resonated strongly as the reason she
hasn’t given up despite her busy schedule of juggling school and
She acknowledged her dad as being integral to her
development on and off the volleyball court.
“My dad always wants to push himself and not do things with
half effort, and he has always pushed me to get the top marks in school and
work hard on the court,” says Hawkins.
Speaking glowingly about her father, Hawkins’ face lit up
like she had just won another player-of-the-game award. Her eyes widened and
the smile that she had worn throughout the interview became even larger.
“He’s my best friend, we watch sports together, he’s an
engineer and is the reason I’m in civil engineering; I just want to follow in
Having played volleyball competitively for the last seven
years, she noted that her stature drew her to the position she was most
“I knew that I was kind of a shorter player, so I knew the
position I wanted to play was libero.”
Her 3.15 digs per game average is good enough for sixth
place in the entire ACAC.
The position is unique in its designation as the only
position that is not limited by the rules of rotation.
In short, Hawkins is on the court for a very long time and
is the main recipient of opposing kill attempts.
Finding Hawkins on the court is not a difficult task either,
as she’s the only player on the court wearing a different coloured jersey than
Her focused demeanor on the court is rivaled only by her
cheerful attitude off it and if the past is any indication, her future is sure
to hold many more awards.