Soccer Playing History and Achievements
Ancaster Titans U17 Boys, South Region Soccer League, Elite Division
(Currently ranked 12th in the Province of Ontario - 2012 Terra Power Rankings)
South Region Soccer League Champions, Elite Division
(Promoted to the Ontario Youth Soccer League (OYSL) for the 2013 season)
Ancaster Soccer Club, Elite Soccer Academy
St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School Varsity Indoor Soccer Team
Colgate University One-Day College Prep Camp
(By Invitation from Head Coach of Men's Soccer Program,
Hamilton, New York, March 3, 2012)
St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School Boys Senior Soccer Team
Adidas ASC Showcase Tournament, May 5, 2012
Ancaster Heritage Days Tournament Finalists
Ancaster Titans U16 Boys, South Region Soccer League, Elite Division
(Ranked 22nd in Ontario out of 127 U16 Rep Boys Teams)
Recipient of "Golden Boot" Award for 2011 Season
South Region Soccer League Cup Champions
Ancaster Heritage Days' Tournament Champions
St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School Boys Junior Soccer Team
Recipient of Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award for 2011 Season
Ancaster Titans U15 Boys, South Region Soccer League, Elite Division
(Ranked 21st in Ontario out of 161 U15 Rep Boys Teams)
Oshawa Kicks' Frank Sobil Spring Classic Champions
Middlesex United Invitational Tournament Champions
Ancaster Titans U14 Boys, South Region Soccer League, Premier Division
(Ranked 43rd in Ontario out of 186 U14 Rep Boys Teams)
Recipient of Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award for 2009 Season
South Region Soccer League Champions, Premier Division
South Region Soccer League Cup Finalists
Oshawa Kicks' Frank Sobil Spring Classic Finalists
Ancaster Titans U13 Boys, South Region Soccer League, First Division
(Ranked 61st in Ontario out of 189 U13 Rep Boys Teams)
Ancaster Heritage Days Tournament Champions
West Niagara Invitational Division Finalists
Ancaster Titans U12 Boys, South Region Soccer League, Second Division
(Ranked 128th in Ontario out of 150 U12 Rep Boys Teams)
West Niagara Invitational Division Finalists
Dofasco Minor Soccer League, Select Soccer Team
Dofasco Minor Soccer League, Atom Division Champions
Dofasco Minor Soccer League, Novice Division Champions
Dofasco Minor Soccer League, Tyke Division Champions
Other Sports History and Achievements
St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School Senior Football Team
St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School Junior Football Team
Recipient of Most Valuable Offensive Player (MVOP) Award for 2010 Season
St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School Junior Football Team
Recipient of "Rookie of the Year" Award for 2009 Season
St. Daniel Catholic Elementary School
Recipient of "Male Athlete of the Year" Award
Nick has been playing soccer since he was 3 years old.
At this very early age, it became apparent that he had a natural ability to dribble and kick a soccer ball. This, coupled with a deep love of the sport, is why he has been a very successful soccer player to date.
Nick played in a house league (Dofasco Minor Soccer) until the age of 11, when he was approached by Coach Frank Rizzuti to challenge himself in a rep soccer program.
Nick's rep career began in 2007 on the Second Division U12 Boys team with the Ancaster Soccer Club. As a striker, he led his team in scoring and demonstrated a very physical style of play, being able to power through defenders to the net.
In 2008, Nick tried out for, and was offered a position by Coach David Thompson on the First Division Ancaster U13 Boys team. In July 2008, Coach Thompson provided Nick with some feedback in an Early Season Player Progress Report:
"Your style of play is very physical and very powerful and you should continue with this approach. It serves you well and despite your great physicality, you are a very clean player exercising good judgement on challenges. Your speed is tremendous and is a real asset to our scoring punch up-front. Your ability to cut back is good and you are able to score with both feet, also a bonus for a striker."
Coach Thompson's final review of Nick's season in 2008 is as follows:
"You have had a very good season. Your speed and raw power are phenonemal.... Your physicality is tremendous and you are a very clean player."
Nick's team was promoted to the Premier Division of the South Region Soccer League (SRSL) to start the 2009 season. In that year, Nick scored 17 goals in regular season games, 8 goals in tournaments, and 3 goals in League Cup play. He earned the team's MVP award for his performance that season.
In April 2010, Nick was involved in a high school junior soccer tournament at McMaster University. In the first 10 minutes of the first game, he sustained a significant right ankle injury as a result of an illegal challenge by two opposing players. Unfortunately, he was out of action for the next two months, unable to practice or play with his Ancaster U15 Boys team. Initially, it was necessary for Nick to be taken to the hospital to determine whether the ankle was fractured. The x-rays came back negative. However, Nick had to be treated by Dr. Wade Elliott at the Elliott Sports Medicine Clinic and required 8 sessions of physiotherapy at Peak Performance Physiotherapy. Finally in July, Nick was able to resume practice and play with his rep team. In his first game back on July 8th, Nick scored two goals against the Dixie Athletic 95's. Despite missing the first 4 games of the 2010 regular season, Nick was the top goal scorer for his team with a total of 8 goals.
In 2011, Nick continued to dominate the Elite Division of the South Region Soccer League and is considered by many to be one of the most prolific strikers within the SRSL.
The Ancaster Titans U17 Boys are the South Region Soccer League Elite Division champions for 2012! The team has been promoted to the Ontario Youth Soccer League (OYSL) for the 2013 season. No team in the 30-year history of the Ancaster Soccer Club has ever made it to the provincial level of competition. Nick had a very productive year, scoring 8 goals in 14 games, and assisting on many more. In several key games, Nick was the difference between winning and losing, and ultimately the end to a championship season. In a key game against North Mississauga A, the first place team mid-season, Nick scored 2 goals to lead his team to a 2-1 win. And, as the season drew to a close, a win against Concord United was crucial. Though as a whole the team was flat, Nick rose to the occasion midway through the second half and scored the winning goal to guarantee a 2-1 victory over Concord. A 4-1 victory over Mt. Hamilton A on September 17th earned the boys the prestige of being Elite champions and a berth into the OYSL for the 2013 season.
Nick is also a skilled high school football player and has played in many offensive and defensive positions. In his first year of senior football (2011), Nick was was selected to play the starting tailback position, quite a feat considering many of his teamates were more experienced going into their final high school year.
(The Hamilton Spectator, October 14, 2011)
Claudio DiSante, an Ancaster Soccer Club official and Ancaster U16 Elite Boys Head Coach sums Nick's athletic abilities up the best:
"Nick plays a very aggressive and robust game which tends to intimidate opposing defenders. He has tremendous speed and power and is consistently dangerous in every game he plays. Nick is a multi-sport athlete whose primary focus is soccer. He is also a starting tailback on his high school football team. His skills as a football player are easily transferrable to soccer. He has tremendous acceleration and can cut left and right with control and speed. He plays with a similar bulldog style of Wayne Rooney."
Ancaster U17 Elite Boys Assistant Coach Frank Rizutti adds:
"I have known Nick Hinds as a soccer player for the last 10 years. In addition, I have had the pleasure to coach Nick for the past 7 years. During these years, Nick has consistently proven to be one of the league's top scorers, a hard working striker and very dedicated team player. He has dominated all the leagues that he has played in, as one of the top scorers. His ability to strike the ball with both feet combined with his speed have contributed to his success. He often creates his own chances by working hard by tracking down defenders and loose balls in the offensive one third of the field. Nick brings a sense of optimism to our team each game by knowing that he will provide consistent goal scoring. His work effort during games, and at training along with his pleasant personality has made Nick very popular with his teammates and a true pleasure to coach for the past several years."
Finally, in the words of Martin Ward-Doran, Ancaster U17 Elite Boys Head Coach:
"With regards to Nick, we recognize him as a very gifted and talented athlete who has always demonstrated great determination and tenacity in his approach to the game. Nick has always been a prolific goal scorer and as we have progressed through league championships, winning promotion twice in three years, Nick has always led the attacking front with consistency and provided goals of a high calibre. As a young man, he is keen to develop his knowledge of the game and listens carefully to instruction and attempts to inculcate the nuances of the game to his personal arsenal of skills. As a young man he is agreeable and engaging and would be an asset to any program or college."
Nick has a very strong work ethic which is evident, not only on the field of play, but also in his desire to excel academically. He has been selected to the honour roll in each of his first two years of high school.
Quiet and unassuming with a pleasant demeanour, Nick's ultimate goal is to earn a scholarship to attend a reputable Canadian or American university and play soccer at the professional level.
Coach Martin Ward-Doran, Ancaster Soccer Club
Coach Frank Rizzuti, Ancaster Soccer Club
Coach Claudio DiSante, Ancaster Soccer Club
Coach David Thompson, Ancaster Soccer Club
Coach Mark Greco, Mount Hamilton Soccer Club
Mr. J. McCrady, St. Jean de Brebeuf High School (Junior Football - 2009/2010)
Mr. A. Nardini, St. Jean de Brebeuf High School (Junior Football - 2009/2010)
Mr. A. Staibano, St. Jean de Brebeuf High School (Junior Soccer - 2009/2010)
Mr. A. Alfano, St. Jean de Brebeuf High School (Senior Football - 2011)
Mr. S. Alfano, St. Jean de Brebeuf High School (Senior Football - 2011)
Mr. B. Capretta, St. Jean de Brebeuf High School (Indoor Soccer - 2012)
- a commitment to practice my Catholic faith;
- the capability of nurturing my strong Irish/Italian heritage;
- respect and responsibility for myself and others;
- academic and athletic excellence;
- the ability to listen and express myself clearly;
- independence, critical thinking and effective problem solving;
- an understanding of technology in order to work effectively in the future;
- the values, attitudes and skills required for meaningful relationships; and
- the ability to understand and contribute to our society
In 2009, in his Grade 8 graduation year, Nick was selected to receive the "Living the Spirit - Believing, Achieving, Serving" Award for St. Daniel Catholic Elementary School.
The Living the Spirit - Believing, Achieving, Serving Award is a Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Award that is presented each year to a graduating student from each elementary and secondary school who, in a very extraordinary way, personifies the elements contained in the motto - "Believing, Achieving, Serving". This award has been established to recognize exemplary students who achieve a respectable degree in academics, are a visible witness to living the faith, and who demonstrate a sense of justice and service by way of their extra-curricular and voluntary activities.
Nick's younger brother, Andrew, also received this prestigious award when he graduated from Grade 8 in 2011.
In high school, Nick has continued to strive for excellence as demonstrated by the many awards he has received. In addition to the athletic awards previously mentioned in this profile, Nick has been selected to the Honour Roll for Grades 9, 10 and 11. Students selected to the Honour Roll have maintained an academic average of greater than 80%.
Nick consistently earns marks well above 80%.