Fourth-year student honoured
with the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association Ontario Award
his commitment and dedication to the Trent University intramural program,
fourth-year Anthropology and Ancient Classics student Jesse Hopkins has
received the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association (CIRA) Ontario
2005 Post-Secondary Student Leadership Award.
The award was presented to Mr. Hopkins by Karen McAllister-Kenny, CIRA
Ontario executive member, on January 28 at CIRA's Post-Secondary
Student Leadership Conference in Toronto. The award is presently annually
to two students who clearly demonstrate leadership, above and beyond what
is expected, through involvement in campus recreation programs at post-secondary
institutions in Ontario.
Coordinator of Campus Recreation Sue Robinson, who oversees the more than
2,250-student strong intramural program at Trent nominated Mr. Hopkins
for the award. "For many reasons, Jesse is an ideal candidate to
receive this award," wrote Ms. Robinson, in her nomination letter.
"Jesse is simply larger than life. He is friendly, outgoing and
encouraging. Jesse absolutely loves sports. Trent University Campus Recreation
programs are governed by the spirit of fair play. Jesse is a great example
of someone who really represents what fair play means. Not only is he
very knowledgeable in all of the programs he leads or participates in,
he is very comfortable with these sports, making him an ideal convenor
Mr. Hopkins is deeply involved in extra-curricular activities as a member
of his college cabinet since second year, as an athletic representative
for his college since first year, as a member of the Trent Native Students
Association and a participant in the Trent Penpal Program. He started
playing in the campus recreation program in his first year, and joined
the convening staff in his second year. Mr. Hopkins now convenes 13 intramural
sports, including ultimate frisbee and frisbee golf, and trains many new
A high percentage of students are involved in campus recreation at Trent,
which Mr. Hopkins says speaks to the vitality and the importance of the
"It creates common ground for people to be able to talk to each
other," he says. "I've always promoted intramurals -
it's the best way to integrate into school. You don't have
to be athletic, everyone is just having fun."
For the last two years, Mr. Hopkins has also received the male College
Participation Award for Peter Robinson College for earning the most campus
recreation participation points.
"The intramural program has been an integral part of my last four
years and the award, well, I appreciate it a lot," said Mr. Hopkins.
"School can be a great time, but you have to make it so. Trent has
a lot to offer."
In June 2004 also from CIRA Ontario, the Department of Athletics at Trent
University received, for the second consecutive year, the Outstanding
Intramural Achievement Award 2003 - 2004 for post-secondary institutions.
Trent was among the schools recognized for offering a variety of activities
that promote fun, physical activity, inclusion and cooperative participation,
and use of students in a leadership capacity.
Posted February 2, 2005.