Former St. Mikes student also a second-team OUA all-star this season
By Pat Payton
KINGSTON – Craig Klomp, of Toronto Varsity Blues, and Alison Irvine, from the Victoria Vikes, were recognized last week as the U SPORTS Cross-Country Student-Athlete Community Service Award winners for 2018.
The annual awards were handed out at a welcome breakfast ahead of the 2018 U SPORTS cross-country championships, hosted by the Queen’s Gaels here at Fort Henry Hill.
Majoring in architecture and environmental studies as a fourth-year student, Klomp has managed to balance life incredibly as a student-athlete. The former Stratford St. Mikes student maintains an outstanding GPA within these two demanding programs, and as an athlete he successfully competes in two sports, is a two-time OUA all-star in both track and cross country, and recently finished 14th at this year’s OUA cross-country championships in London. He also finished fourth in both the 1,000 and 1,500-metre events at the 2018 U SPORTS track and field championships.
Mentor for first-year students
A team captain, Klomp regularly serves as a mentor for first-year athletes, as well as first-year students within the Faculty of Architecture, who need assistance adjusting to the social, emotional and academic transition into being a varsity athlete at the University of Toronto.
The Stratford area native was a key contributor and volunteer with the 2017 Varsity Blues Bell Let’s Talk campaign, focusing on raising awareness for mental health. He is the co-founder of the Varsity Blues track program’s outreach committee and helped organize service-based activities for both the track and field and cross-country programs, including Night the Light, Trick or Eat, Soup Kitchens, and visits to Ronald McDonald House.
In his spare time, Klomp volunteers at the local food bank, Toys for Tots at Sick Kids Hospital, as well as at retirement homes during the holiday season.
“My observation of Craig is that of an extremely healthy, driven individual, who never stops fighting until he arrives at his destination,” said Varsity Blues head coach Carl Georgevski on the U SPORTS website. “In Craig’s case, the destination is personal excellence in everything he does: in the classroom, on the cross-country course, in his community. Our teams are richer to have Craig as one of our leaders.”
Klomp also an OUA all-star
Klomp, who excelled as a distance runner during his days at St. Mikes, ran to a 14th-place finish at the OUA cross-country championships held recently at the Thames Valley golf course in London.
This finish led to Klomp being named a second team OUA all-star.
Note: Craig Klomp finished 38th out of 160 runners at the national university cross-country championships in Kingston this past Saturday. His time was 32:33.4 on the 10-k.m. course.