Sidelined by injury for a significant part of his first two seasons in the Canadian Football League (CFL), Hamilton Tiger Cats defensive back, Ryan Hinds, had his confidence boosted last January when the club extended his contract through to the 2014 season.
“Ryan is a solid all-round defensive back, a very intelligent player and a great tackler,” vice president of football operations, Bill O’Billovich, said. “He gets better with every game and will continue to improve as his career progresses.”
Hinds spent his first season on the nine-game injured list and missed the final six games last year because of an ankle injury.
Staying healthy this season and being an integral part of the Ti-Cats team, which was boosted in the off-season with some impressive talent, are Hinds’ main goals. He’s excited by the signings of top pass catcher Andy Fantuz, defensive end Greg Peach, linebacker Kevin Eiben and offensive lineman Tim O’Neill.
“I am certainly thrilled with the changes we made,” said the Ti-Cats second round pick in the 2009 draft. “If everything pans out, we will be a force to be reckoned with.”
Before the season starts, Hinds is using his sports profile and interest in medicine to contribute to Guyana’s health care sector.
He and Dr. Narendra Singh, the chief of pediatrics at Humber River Regional Hospital and founder of Guyana Help the Kids (GHTK), leave for Guyana today to explore upgrading paediatric care at the Georgetown Hospital.
A graduate of New Hampshire University with a Biology degree, Hinds was approached with the idea while interning at McMaster University.
“Last November, my supervisor, Julia Pemberton and Dr. Brian Cameron, who has done extensive work in Guyana, approached me about a project to raise capital costs to possibly construct a new wing and supply medical equipment for the hospital’s paediatric ward,” said Hinds. “They knew I was born in Guyana and figured I would be interested in the initiative.”
This is Hinds’ first visit to Guyana since he migrated with his family 17 years ago.
“I have always wanted to give something back to the country of my birth and this is a perfect opportunity to make a start and also catch up with some old friends and visit some sites,” the GHTK ambassador said.
Hinds, whose mother, Roxanne Hill-Hinds, is a former Guyana field hockey captain, hopes to attend medical school at the end of his football career.
By RON FANFAIR