The Power of Sport
It takes hard work, careful planning and resources to build teams that inspire pride. Over the past decade, the University has laid the foundation for competitive varsity sport programs.
Our women’s soccer team were provincial champions and took home the bronze medal at the national championship tournament in 2014.
The men’s basketball team were provincial champions and finished on second place at the national championship tournament in 2014— its highest placing in program history.
The storied men’s football team made it to the Ontario championship final in 2010, and of course, won the national championship in 1975 and 2000.
The women’s basketball program has competed at the national championships three times in the last ten years.
Today, we are once again close to claiming national titles in a number of men’s and women’s sports. We want to sustain this momentum and build on it. Donor funding will allow us to move from good to great.
The University and Sports Services have made a significant investment in meeting the needs of our student athletes through scholarships, tutoring, more coaching, new facilities and funding for food and accommodations when they are on the road.
To get to the next level — to consistently be the best or among the best in the country — we need to focus consistently on strengthening our programs and adding the elements that will allow teams and athletes to reach their full potential. More coaching support, better training facilities and more individual attention will allow athletes to be better prepared not only physically, but also psychologically. We like to think of our efforts as uOttawa’s “Own the Podium” program, the initiative that helped Canada win so many medals at the Vancouver Olympics.
Bringing out the Best in All Our Students
For many of our students, keeping fit and playing sports offers an outlet from the stress of university life. Our plan to build specialized training centres for our varsity teams at the new Lees Avenue sports facility will take some of the pressure off our two heavily-used fitness centres and make it easier for all our students to lead healthy and active lives.
We are also planning a new Fitness and Active Living Centre near the Minto Sports Complex on King Edward Avenue, which will greatly enhance what we can offer our students and our partners in the community.