McCombe plays with passion, emerges as leader at Liberty
January 20, 2016 | Lynchburg, Va.
Nikki McCombe, a graduate student from London, Ontario, who plays center for Liberty University's ACHA Division I women's hockey team, is the subject of this Player Profile produced by Club Sports Video and Media Coordinator Patrick Strawn.
Like many of her Canadian peers, she started playing hockey at a very young age.
"I was introduced to the sport by my dad and my brother," McCombe said. "When I first was learning how to walk, my dad made sure that I was in skates. It started playing with siblings and friends on the backyard rink that he built for us every year."
McCombe, an assistant captain for the Lady Flames this season, has developed into a spiritual and emotional leader, especially as a veteran modeling her work ethic and living out her faith for the underclassmen.
"Sports is a great way to see how God works in competition because not only are you competing against others, you just have to be reminded continuously that you're not relying on your own strength, but you're relying on the gifts that God gives you," McCombe said. "Competing on the playing field, or the ice in my case, with your teammates, you're working as a team together for God's glory, but also your interaction with your teammates, bettering your relationships with your sisters or brothers in Christ."
She never doubted her decision to attend Liberty and to join the Lady Flames, studying and playing in a Christian environment.
"Definitely the fact that Liberty is a Christian school was a big seller for me," McCombe said. "As soon as I was introduced to the school and visited here it felt like home instantly, even though it's so far away from home. I wanted to come here for academics and to compete."