Text Only Page



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


Canadian Intramural Recreation Association Ontario Recognizes Trent University for Intramural Excellence

Tuesday, June 3, 2008, Peterborough

For the sixth 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 seven 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 opportunities for students to become engaged in campus activity. This award celebrates Trent’s efforts to provide these opportunities to students while honouring the involvement of students in a leadership capacity,” said Bill Byrick, Trent’s director of athletics. “As active lifestyles are proven to improve health both in the short and long term, these recreational opportunities are critical in stimulating life long activity.”

CIRA Ontario presents the Outstanding Intramural Achievement Award annually to the top programs at Ontario schools. This year, 71 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 Alyssa Heffernan, 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. Heffernan 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, from dance, yoga and fitness activities, to organized competitive sport, to fun social, active programmes. 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 friends and develop lifelong relationships.”

At Trent, over 2,400 students participated in intramural activities during the 2007-2008 academic year. Activities ranged from swing dancing, Martial Arts, as well as football, basketball, volleyball, and soccer to the more unique inner tube water polo and inner tube ultimate Frisbee.


For more information, please contact:

Bill Byrick, Director of Athletics, Trent University, (705) 748-1252; or
Julianna Stonehouse, Member Service Coordinator, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 ext. 7250