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Trent University Wins Bid to Host National Women’s Rugby Championships in 2010 and 2011


Events Mark Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s First-Ever Tournaments in Peterborough

Thursday, December 4, 2008, Peterborough

Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) announced today that Trent University successfully won the bid to host the national women’s rugby championships in 2010 and 2011.

These events will mark Trent’s first time hosting a CIS tournament, making it also the first time a CIS event has ever ventured into Peterborough for a national championship.

“This is very good news for Trent as every rugby player in the region will want to come here, similar to what is happening to us now with lacrosse players,” said Bill Byrick, director of athletics for Trent University. “It’s exciting to see how the combination of Trent’s new sports fields combined with Peterborough’s tremendous ability to run high-calibre tournaments is attracting significant events like this to our community.”

Brian Greer, an athletic recruiter for Trent, echoed these sentiments. “This is going to be a great opportunity for women athletes in high school to know they could participate in two national championships if they come to Trent.” Mr. Greer noted that the Excalibur women’s rugby program is on the rise having enjoyed back-to-back winning seasons in the Ontario University Athletics league, and the thrill of playing in front of a hometown crowd will give them a huge boost.

“The quality of all the bids was first rate,” said CIS Chief Executive Officer, Marg McGregor. “We are especially delighted to have an opportunity to partner with Trent

University to showcase and profile CIS in a part of Canada that has not hosted a CIS championship in the past. The student-athletes who participate in these championships in years to come can be assured of well-planned and well-attended events with the student-athlete experience being the focus for the hosts.”

The championships will take place in early November in 2010 and 2011 and will feature the best women’s rugby athletes in Canadian universities, with a total of six teams representing the Atlantic provinces, western Canada, Quebec, and Ontario, including Trent.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports.

For more information about varsity athletics at Trent University, please visit www.trentvarsity.ca .


For further information, please contact Bill Byrick, director of athletics, Trent University, at (705) 748-1011, ext. 1252