For the win

These five stu­dent ath­letes have been train­ing hard for a cham­pi­onship sea­son.

The Coast - - ON CAMPUS - BY JONATHAN BRIGGINS

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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.”

SVEN STAMM­BERGER

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