Peter has been passionately involved in the sport of volleyball since the age of 16 as a player and the age of 18 as a coach.
As a player, Peter represented Newfoundland and Labrador at the National Juvenile Championships in London, Ontario, the Canada Winter Games in Brandon, Manitoba, the National Junior Championships in Edmonton, the National Senior AA Championships in Saint John, the Atlantic Senior Championships in Halifax, the National Junior Championships in Fredericton, and the Atlantic Senior AA Championships in St. John’s.
Peter is a former member of both the Memorial and Dalhousie University Men’s Volleyball team. While playing with Dalhousie, he received a tournament all-star award at the Atlantic Senior AA Championship in St. John’s, and helped lead his team to the semi-finals in a CIAU Championship in 1984. As captain of the Dalhousie team he proved to be a valuable asset as a player, as well as a mentor and motivator to his teammates.
Peter is a past member of Onca Senior AA, A, and B teams, and a current member of a C team. His continued commitment to Onca is obviously dependent on the NLVA creating a D,E, and F division.
Throughout his career as a player, Peter received recognition of many league and tournament all-stars, as well as playoff MVPs.
Peter first demonstrated his love of coaching in 1979 when he took responsibility for the Prince of Wales junior boys team and later the Onca Midget girls and the Onca Junior boys team in the mid to late 1980’s. For a period of one year he assumed the role of assistant coach of Memorial University Seahawk Men’s Volleyball team.
His commitment as a builder is still evident today. Peter has dedicated 12 years to coaching both his sons and nephews from junior high through high school. Student biographies taken from school yearbooks provide numerous references of gratitude to Coach Hickman. In addition, continuous requests from both students and parents for Peter to return each season as coach have touched him immensely.
His love for volleyball is demonstrated through his desire to pass his love for the sport onto Scott and Robert and all those he has coached, thereby ensuring the continued involvement of youth in volleyball.