For the win
These five student athletes have been training hard for a championship season.
is no off-season, just time to train. Whether it’s hockey or history, basketball or biology, it’s the work you put in between the games that makes for a true class of champions. These five titans of university sport know that lesson well. They’re back to school, and hungry for new competition. With three captains from last year’s AUS championship Dalhousie Tigers graduating, it’s Sven Stammberger’s time to lead the quest for a fourthstraight title.
The fifth-year small forward was in a leadership role last year but now, as a captain, he’ll have more responsibilities.
“I’ve noticed a difference from myself now that I’m the oldest on the team,” says Stammberger, who has practiced with incoming rookies this summer, helping them transition from high school to university by explaining how practices are run and the intricacies of the game.
“It’s nice to be able to help the younger guys out.”
Stammberger was a late bloomer, working his way from not being overly strong or athletic after coming over from Halifax Grammar School, to being a key player for a winning program that’s annually in contention for a national championship. That perspective of going from the bench to the top helps as he mentors incoming rookies.
“Working hard, working on my shooting and all those skills that you don’t get better at unless you put in the time—that really exploded my game from that end of the bench to all-star and starter.”