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Question Period Overtime: Vikas Gill

Sunday February 1, 2015
Vikas Gill making a basket.

Vikas is a 6-7 forward from Stittsville, Ontario. His versatility to both shoot the ball beyond the arc and post up makes him a tough player to defend. Gill is back for a fourth year in his #1 garnet and grey uniform.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Ottawa?

As I wanted to study Commerce, uOttawa was definitely a place of choice for me. I am sure the Telfer School of Management will benefit my professional career. I also came to University really young so it took a good leap of faith to believe I could actually contribute to such a strong basketball team. I trusted the coach and I saw the opportunity to play more as a long term investment.

How do you manage to balance school and sport?

Although we all know we need to stay ahead with readings and everything, the reality is that it’s really tough to do so in-season.  If I’m being honest, at one time or another, we end up with no choice but to cram. Staying up late at night to study is not the perfect set-up for learning, but it’s the reality of student-athletes.

Why did you choose to join varsity sport?

I obviously love basketball and it was clear for me that I did not want to give up on my dream of playing in the CIS. After I received an offer to play at University, I did not hesitate.

What is your favourite hobby?

Since we practice mostly twice a day and we play pretty much every weekend, it’s had to have pass times. We are a very close team so I spend a lot of my time just hanging out with my teammates.

What is the biggest challenge with interuniversity sport?

The time commitment is really high. Not only do we train a lot, but we need to keep up with school work in order to stay eligible (and because studies are important!). It’s a challenge to stay on top of everything.

What is the most rewarding thing about interuniversity sport?

Winning a CIS championship, quite simply. We are aiming at that goal and we’ve improved a lot over the last years, but we’ll never truly be satisfied until we catch the gold at nationals.

Who or what inspires you the most?

My mom is my biggest inspiration. She raised our family on her own while working. She would drive me everywhere around for basketball. She is just a great model of hard work.

What are you most proud of?

Our last season was amazing. Winning the OUA finals against Carleton felt great and even if we lost to them at Nationals, bringing back a CIS silver medal is something to be proud of.

Where do you see yourself in five years from now?

I hope to be working as an investment banker somewhere in Canada…The rest is tough to say!