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Trent University Department of Athletics and Recreation Recognized with Award of Excellence


Winner of the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association Ontario's Outstanding Intramural Achievement Award for the third consecutive year

Thursday, June 16, 2005 -- Peterborough

Trent University's Department of Athletics and Recreation has been awarded for the third consecutive year, the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association (CIRA) Ontario's Outstanding Intramural Achievement Award for 2004 - 2005.

Campus Recreation Coordinator Sue Robinson received the honour at CIRA Ontario's annual conference, for the co-ordination of the more than 2,600-student strong program at Trent. CIRA Ontario awards the Outstanding Intramural Achievement Award annually to the top programs at Ontario colleges and universities. Trent was one of three 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.

"You have greatly improved the quality of education for your students by recognizing the value of physical activity for mental and physical wellbeing," wrote CIRA Ontario President John Byl in a letter to Ms. Robinson.

Her philosophy for the program, she says, is to offer students as many physical activities and recreational opportunities as possible. This year, 56 leagues, tournaments and clinics were offered along with an expanded fitness program, with yoga, bellydancing, hip hop and HABIT as popular additions to Trent Athletics' promotion of active lifestyles.

"Campus Recreation aims to allow students a fun and healthy way to meet new people, have fun, stay active and relieve stress. It is hopeful that by offering many different activities, Trent students will be able to find something they like and to continue on with active living throughout their time here and beyond," says Ms. Robinson, adding Trent's program offers a diverse range of activities including, competitive and non?]competitive leagues and tournaments, as well as skill development clinics.

The number of students who participate in the activities is a testament to the program, says Athletic Director Bill Byrick. In 2004 - 2005, fitness participation doubled in size, and intramurals continue to be immensely popular.


For more information, please contact Bill Byrick, 748-1252


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