New training centre could be game-changer

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A race track separates a space with carpets and body building equipment.

A 25-metre speed running track links the training spaces in the new High Performance Centre.

By Jennifer Elliott

Sports Services hopes its new High Performance Centre in Montpetit Hall will be a game-changer for varsity student-athletes as well as other members of the university community. This dedicated space features new equipment and is designed to help elite athletes pursue their training goals and take their performances to the next level.

The Centre occupies an area on the basement level of Montpetit that previously housed three squash courts. The new 5,000-square-foot facility features five separate training areas linked by a 25-metre speed running track.

After four months of renovations, the High Performance Centre opened its doors for varsity student-athletes on May 16. Programming for the university community will begin in the fall. A booking system will offer timeslots to teams and individuals, with access limited to those involved in an approved training program, such as The Big 3 or Stride to Success.

“I cannot underscore enough how important this facility will be in allowing uOttawa varsity teams to address team preparation at the level required to be championship contenders, including our ability to recruit top student-athletes to uOttawa,” said Roger Archambault, Assistant Director, High Performance Athletics at Sports Services. “The High Performance Centre will also enhance the overall student experience for all uOttawa students by alleviating pressure on our existing fitness centres.”

Joey Kwasniewski, who has been appointed Lead Varsity Performance Coach, will oversee the staffing of the facility and provide expertise in strength-and-conditioning training programs for the Gee-Gees teams.

“This centre provides all of our uOttawa varsity athletes with a home to come and train,” he said. “It’s an area where everyone can come together with quality equipment in a quality space to work as one.”

In addition to memberships, Sports Services offers personal training at the Minto Sports Complex and at the Fitness Centre in Montpetit. Almost 500 active users will be redirected to the High Performance Centre.

Sports Services staff.

Sports Services staff who worked on the project (from left): Roger Archambault, Jeremie Genier, Joey Kwasniewski, Lenny Sabourin, Sylvio Miron, Colin Timm and Craig Quesnel.

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