The 2016-17 varsity season brought an end to the decorated careers of six standout Capilano Blues student-athletes: Sarah Hughes, Kolby Richter, Kira Sutcliffe, Kelsi Boroevich, Amber Kavanagh, and Devan Woolley. The fifth-years proudly represented CapU both on and off campus, and combined among them won numerous team medals and several academic and athletic accomplishments.
Below, three of Capilano’s fifth-year seniors reflect on their time at CapU and with the Blues.
Kolby Richter, Women’s Volleyball, Bachelor of Tourism Management
“The past five years have truly been the best years of my life and it all started because I made the women's volleyball team at Capilano. There are so many things that I'll miss, the good, the bad and the ugly, all made my experience here what it was. But what I'll miss most of all is my Blues family. The community that was formed while I was there can never be broken, from the Sportsplex staff to the other Blues athletes, they all made it special in some way. And of course my team, all 5 years of ‘em. I am so honoured to have played alongside such talent and dedication, I am so inspired by my teammates and am lucky enough to call them my long-lasting friends. Sports has shaped my future and will always be a part of me. It has taught me life lessons beyond my years and continues to open doors for me going into my future career.”
Amber Kavanagh, Women’s Basketball, Bachelor of Business Administration
“I unfortunately only got to spend 2 years at Capilano, but it was the best decision to transfer to such a great school and an amazing team. Before I met Ramin, I was lost, I wanted to quit basketball, move away and try to figure out my life. Capilano has given me that opportunity to find myself and my future. It allowed me to discover things about myself that I didn't know, things I need to improve on and things I thrive in. It has ultimately contributed to the person I am today. My team has been such a great group of women and I have made good friendships that will last a life time. Even though my post-secondary basketball journey is over, I will constantly have the memories, the scars and a family forever. I will greatly miss my team and the athletic department as a whole, but once a Blue always a Blue, and I am so grateful to have been part of such an amazing family.”
Devan Woolley, Men’s Soccer, Bachelor of Business Administration
“These past five years at Capilano have been quite the ride. Playing for the Blues has not only satisfied my dream of playing University level sport, but also allowed me to create many great friendships and memories that I will value forever. My University experience would not have been the same without the teammates and coaches that I met along the way and the countless number of laughs that we had whether it was on the field, on the road, or in the classroom. I’ll never forget the first game that I played for the Blues as Coach Dailly slotted me in as striker, a position that was almost completely foreign to me. Regardless of the fact, my grin must have been ear to ear running down the hill to the field pre-game.
"Over the years, thanks to my involvement in soccer, I have improved my communication and time management skills and learned the value of hard work. I am proud to have been a part of a team that has come full circle since my rookie years from struggling through the season with only a few wins in 2012 to winning ‘back-to-back’ Provincial Championships and National Silver and Bronze Medals in 2016, and 2017, which was the highlight of my career. The feeling of winning those crucial, nail-biter games with a solid group of teammates and friends on such a competitive level of sport is what I will miss the most. Looking back on it all now, I realize that those moments can be very rare and ones that some people will never get to experience in their entire life. So for that, I am extremely grateful.”