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Trent Department of Athletics and Recreation Wins Outstanding Intramural Achievement Award for Fifth Consecutive Year


Canadian Intramural Recreation Association Ontario Recognize Trent University for Intramural Excellence

Thursday, June 7, 2007, Peterborough

CIRA AwardFor the fifth consecutive year, Trent University’s Department of Athletics and Recreation has been awarded the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association (CIRA) Ontario’s Outstanding Intramural Achievement Award.

Trent was one of only three post-secondary institutions to receive this year’s award. “We are very proud of our Campus Rec program at Trent and, in particular, the variety of activities and the involvement of students in a leadership capacity,” said Bill Byrick, Trent’s Director of Athletics. “This award represents the quality of the student experience at Trent and our commitment to encouraging healthier lifestyles.”

CIRA Ontario presents the Outstanding Intramural Achievement Award annually to the top programs at Ontario schools. This year, 49 elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities are being honoured with the award. Trent University is being recognized for offering a variety of activities that promote CIRA Ontario’s motto of “fun active participation for all.” The intramural program is also being recognized for promoting student leadership and improving the quality of education through physical activity.

“To be recognized by our peers is rewarding, and I am grateful to CIRA Ontario for their ongoing support of active, healthy lifestyles,” said Sue Robinson, campus recreation coordinator at Trent. To be considered for this award, program coordinators must send in a detailed year-end report describing the scope and effectiveness of their recreational programs. Winning programs are those that offer a varied line up of activities, promote fun, active participation, fair play and involve students in a leadership capacity.

Ms. Robinson noted how this award reflects Trent’s commitment to giving every student an opportunity to live a healthy, active lifestyle while working toward their university degree. “We do our best to offer a wide variety of activities for all students, of all sporting and athletic abilities. Providing a venue for healthy living is really important to help students handle the stress and workload in university as well as gives them a place to meet up with friends and develop lifelong relationships.”

At Trent, over 2,400 students participated in intramural activities during the 2006-2007 academic year. Activities ranged from the usual standards like football and soccer to the more unique innertube water polo and innertube ultimate Frisbee.


For more information, please contact:

Bill Byrick, Director of Athletics, 748-1252; or
Sue Robinson, Campus Recreation Coordinator, 748-1011 x1521