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Thousands Expected to Join Head of the Trent from September 28-30


New Location on Symons Campus for Homecoming Activities

Wednesday, September 26, 2007, Peterborough

Trent Rowers on the OtonabeeTrent University’s signature homecoming event and rowing regatta, the Head of the Trent, is expected to draw more than 5,000 people to Peterborough from September 28 to 30.

This annual Trent tradition attracts alumni, students and community members alike for a busy weekend full of activities framed around the exciting Head of the Trent rowing competition, the largest single day event of its kind in North America.  More than 2,000 rowers will race along the Trent-Severn waterway from the Parkhill Bridge to Symons Campus, with some coming from as far away as Nova Scotia and British Columbia. 

New this year is the change of location for Homecoming festivities to Alumni House and the Festival Tent, located on the north field beside Champlain College.  Alumni House is the on-campus home for the more than 30,000 graduates of Trent University.

“Head of the Trent routinely draws more than 1,000 alumni back to the campus each fall,” said Tony Storey, Director of Alumni Affairs.  “For many of them, it will be their first time experiencing Alumni House, their new ‘home’ on campus.  This year’s event will also be the first time alumni will have the opportunity to enjoy Trent’s new stadium as they celebrate the University’s proud athletic tradition.” 

“The Head of the Trent is a great tradition,” echoed Bill Byrick, Director of Athletics.  “It is a special time when Trent students, alumni and the community come together to showcase the University through both social events and through a myriad of sporting activities. This year we have a full slate of university athletic competitions including rugby, swimming, soccer, lacrosse and rowing.”

Highlights of this year’s Homecoming festivities include several new features, such as the Trent Family Art Show, exhibiting select pieces of art created by the Trent community, and the launch of Professor Emeritus Peter Adams’ new book, Trent, McGill and the North in Alumni House.  Alumni band Crooked Wood will be on hand offering great musical performances throughout the event, and on Sept. 29 the popular group the Tall Boys will be reuniting downtown on stage at the Red Dog.

Newcomers to Head of the Trent can join the fun at Trent’s new stadium field and cheer on their favourite teams playing in the annual Trent Alumni Co-ed Soccer Game or show support for their favourite varsity teams.  Along with the rowers activities and other Trent Athletics events, Homecoming will feature other exciting elements including children's activities, BBQ and bar, live band and open house.

The Trent Rowing Club Beer Garden will remain in the parking lot at the Bata Library as in previous years.

The rowing regatta is open to all and Homecoming events welcome back alumni and guests.  For further information about the homecoming festivities, visit http://www.trentu.ca/alumni/headofthetrent.php.  Details of the rowing regatta can be found at www.headofthetrent.ca.

Head of the Trent: Schedule of Events:

Friday, September 28

Women’s Rugby
Brock vs. Trent on Friday Sept. 28 – at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 29

Head of the Trent Regatta
Races take place all day Saturday, Sept. 29

Trent Alumni Co-Ed Soccer Game – “It’s a Kickin’ Party!”

Alumni are invited to take part in this pick up game at 9:00 a.m. on the main field on campus.

Trent University Alumni Association Annual General Meeting

In Alumni House, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Varsity Volleyball Reunion

In the Trent gymnasium at 11:00 a.m.

Varsity Women’s Soccer

Laurentian University vs. Trent University at 12:00 noon on the main field.

Varsity Swim Meet

University of Ottawa, Queen’s University and Trent University will be competing in the Allan Wilson Pool from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Art show

From 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Alumni House will be showcasing the artistic talents of Trent's alumni and friends.

Children's activities

Fun and games for the kids between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. around the Festival Tent...face painting, balloons and a bouncy castle.

Varsity Men’s Soccer

Laurentian University vs. Trent University at 2:15 p.m. on the main field.

Book LaunchTrent, McGill and the North by Peter Adams

3:00 p.m. at Alumni House.


Crooked Wood

Featuring Trent Alumnus Steve Kennedy, will be performing in the Festival Tent from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Men’s Rugby
University of Toronto vs. Trent University at 5:00 p.m. on the main field

Men’s Lacrosse
Queen’s University vs. Trent University at 7:30 p.m. on the main field.

Sunday, September 30

Varsity Women’s Soccer
Nipissing University vs. Trent University at 12:00 noon on the main field.

Varsity Men’s Soccer
Nipissing University vs. Trent University at 2:15 p.m. on the main field.

Men’s Lacrosse
Laurentian University vs. Trent University at 7:00 p.m. on the main field.

For further information, please contact:

All Varsity Athletic events and the rowing regatta:  Trent Athletics, (705) 748-1257

Alumni Homecoming:  Tony Storey, Director of Alumni Affairs, (705) 748-1011, ext. 1599