Student Athlete Feature: Jake Gomes
Meet Jake Gomes, a student athlete.
In this fifth student athlete feature, we introduce you to Jake Gomes – a fourth-year Sports Management student at Humber College, and a player on the Humber Hawks men’s volleyball team.
Tomas Karageorgos is the sports reporter for EMERGE News NOW, and conducted a Q&A with Jake to talk about how he has been staying active during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What was your routine like, pre-pandemic?
For practices it always depended on the day. Some days I would have class then go straight to practice so I would really get into a routine. If I didn’t have practice and I had time to do anything, I would definitely get in the gym beforehand, get a good stretch in, listen to music if anything – that wasn’t a big thing before practices. It was just more like a stretch and a good warm-up before the team warm-up.
If it was an away game, I would watch the girls play the first set, and then after I’d usually go in the team room and get in the zone, listen to music, have a bite to eat usually 30 minutes to an hour before the game. I didn’t really have a specific routine that I would do each game, it was just depending on the day.
How did you balance school and volleyball?
Coach always said school first – no matter what, we’d focus on school. Honestly it was pretty easy for myself. The first two years I was in Recreation & Leisure Services and I had about five or six classes a semester. Like my coach would say, practice is only two hours of the day. I would have to find time to do schoolwork and stay ahead. I never felt like I was behind during the year, as soon as an assignment would come out, I would do it, tests, quizzes and studying. There weren’t too many issues for myself regarding the difficulty of the work and balancing it. It was pretty much getting the schoolwork done then focus on volleyball – it would always be that school came first.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, how have you been training and keeping fit?
At the beginning of COVID when the gyms were still open, that was a different story. I was going to the gym about two times a week then also HPC at Humber once a week, so I was going about three times a week. I had a pretty good workout routine. I just recently just had surgery done on my knee – I had a meniscus tear this year. Now I’m in therapy two times a week working in therapy at Humber to strengthen my knee and get that back to where it was. I’m doing a workout there twice a week then one at home. Now it’s more of focusing on my knee before full-body stuff.
How have you been keeping in touch with your coaches?
My coach and I have a really good bond, even on Instagram he’ll send me setter videos. He’ll tell me to try the drills at home and see if I can do it. If it’s a gameplay and a setter did something, I’ll mentally take notes down. As far as training, we didn’t do too much volleyball-wise during the pandemic because no gyms were open and you can’t do too many drills by yourself other than volleying to yourself. We do have team workouts twice a week, we have a few different group chats that we talk on, and coach is included in it. My coach is very positive, he’ll send us motivational quotes every day and he tries to talk to us every day once he’s free and encourages us to keep going with school. They’re all doing a good job to keep us intact.
What do you miss most about playing?
Definitely the guys for sure. My team is a great bunch from 1 to 16, it’s a great group of guys. I have a smile on my face every time I walk in the gym going to practice, going to games – it’s a fun time whoever you’re with. About playing, honestly the glory, the cheer and the fun we have on the court and what we bring to the fans. This year was incredible – going 18-0 on the season and 21-1 all year. It was just being able to win and have fun with the boys and just keep that same energy all year and not being able to lose what we had. We all had that same goal obviously towards the end but that’s kind of what I miss.
What memories will stick with you after you graduate?
The team bonding, all the memories we had – travelling, we went to Amsterdam, the Heineken brewery, there are just so many I could say. Definitely winning the Ontario championships, that was a huge memory for us. Honestly it’s hard to say because the memories each year change because you do them with different guys, and it’s a different team each year. College is very different than university – you have guys leave after two years, but university teams they stay for all four years. Our memories are kind of one and done.
Watch Jake’s feature here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o41yvpWwyPE&t=557s