Full Weekend of Events Scheduled for Annual Homecoming & Head of the Trent Regatta

September 28, 2016

Peterborough community and prospective students invited to join alumni, students, and spectators for 46th annual homecoming

Trent University will be a sea of green and white this coming weekend as members of the community, alumni, rowers, and varsity athletes, are welcomed to Trent University’s Symons campus for the 46th annual Homecoming and Head of the Trent Regatta taking place October 1-2, 2016.

The Head of the Trent Regatta is the largest single day event of its kind in North America and the second largest amateur sporting event in Canada next to the Calgary Stampede. Created in 1971 by Trent alumnus Chris Leach ‘70, today Head of the Trent includes over 1,200 athletes from more than 50 universities and clubs across Canada and the northern United States and is also known as Trent’s official homecoming celebration. Races take place on the Trent-Severn Waterway, starting at the Parkhill Road Bridge and winding through the Trent Canal to finish at the Faryon Bridge on Trent’s campus.

“Homecoming is such an exciting time for our students, alumni and the community as a whole. This year we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of men’s rugby and homecoming provides a wonderful opportunity to recognize and honour our history while at the same time looking towards a very positive future,” explains Deborah Bright-Brundle, director of Athletics and Recreation at Trent. “This year is also very special for the Trent Excalibur varsity program as the men’s rugby program has returned to the OUA. We welcome everyone back to campus this weekend to support the Excalibur varsity student-athletes and enjoy family friendly activities.”

The Homecoming and Head of the Trent Regatta weekend has grown to feature numerous varsity games including lacrosse, soccer, rugby, and rowing. This year games will run from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, visit trentvarsity.ca for a full list of all game times.

Highlights of the 2016 Homecoming and Head of the Trent Regatta include:

  • Varsity Sports: Stop by the Justin Chiu Stadium and the Athletics Centre, wear your Trent green, cheer on the Excalibur and join the 50th anniversary celebration of men’s rugby. Follow @TrentExcalibur for up to the minute stats, highlights and photos throughout the day.
  • Alumni: Check in with the Trent University alumni team on the Bata Library podium beside Champlain College, share what you’ve been up to and update your contact information. Stay connected by following @TrentAlumni
  • Champlain 50th Anniversary: In celebration of Champlain College’s 50th anniversary, a community at Trent that has made an impact on thousands of people’s lives over the decades, there will be a special alumni garden dedication and reunion for Champlain College Alumni on the Saturday of homecoming. Follow @ChamplainTrentU for updates on the weekend events.
  • Campus Tours: Prospective students are invited to experience the spirit of the Trent campus and community. Tours run hourly from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday only from the Athletics Centre.
  • Rowing, rowing and more rowing: Visit headofthetrent.ca or follow @rowhotr for the full rowing schedule, start times, results and more information about the history of the Regatta.
  • Beer garden: The Trent Rowing team’s annual fundraiser has moved to the Lady Eaton College parking lot (19+, $10 entry). Alumni skip the line with your alumni card or alumni wristband available at the Alumni Services table on the podium (until 3:00 p.m.; cover charge applies).

Known by the acronym “HOTR,” the event is organized in partnership between Trent University, the Peterborough Rowing Club, Trent University Rowing Team, Peterborough Community Police and the Trent Athletics Centre. Visit trentu.ca/hotr for the full schedule of events and follow @TrentUniversity for updates, photos and information during HOTR.

About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham delivers a distinct mix of programming in the GTA.

For more information contact:

Kate Weersink, media relations & strategic communications officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6180 or kateweersink@trentu.ca

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