Alberta, St. Thomas, Calgary to host national championships
OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Tuesday the host institutions for four national championships from 2013 to 2015.
The latest round of bidding included only two sports: indoor track and field in 2013 and 2014, as well as women's hockey in 2014 and 2015.
The University of Alberta landed both track and field meets, while St. Thomas University (2014) and the University of Calgary (2015) will share hosting duties in women's hockey.
The UofA previously hosted the cream of CIS track and field in
Edmonton in 1986 and 1994.
St. Thomas, which is based in Fredericton, will host its first-ever CIS event, while Calgary, which returned to CIS women's hockey in 2009-10 following a seven-year stint in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference, organized the national tournament back in 2001.
"CIS is delighted that the STU will host our women's hockey championship," said Marg McGregor, chief executive officer of CIS. "While this will be STU's first CIS championship, they have been very successful at hosting events in the past and our student-athletes will benefit from that experience."
"Calgary is a city that loves hockey and a university that has a track record of hosting world class events, while Alberta has outstanding facilities that have played host to Canadian and international events. We can look forward to records being broken in Edmonton," McGregor continued. "Our student-athletes are bound to experience unforgettable championships."
The three successful bidders were delighted when notified by CIS on Monday.
"The University of Alberta is thrilled with the opportunity to host the CIS track and field championships in 2013 and 2014," said director of athletics Ian Reade. "The Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre (Athletics Canada) and Athletics Alberta are collaborating with the Golden Bears and Pandas Track and Field program to host a national championship that will bring profile and excitement to the campus and the city."
"We are honoured to be awarded the CIS women's hockey championship for 2014," said Mike Eagles, athletics director at St. Thomas. "We've hosted two other national championships but this is our first for CIS, and this championship has a resonance with our community as our enrolment is 70 per cent female. With the opportunity to host the pre-eminent women's hockey competition in the country, we hope to further raise the profile of the women's game in the region."
"Elite competition is one of the foundational pillars of the Joan Snyder Program of Excellence, and the national championship certainly qualifies," said Ron Wuotila, director of athletics and recreation at the UofC, which recently received a pioneering gift from philanthropist Joan Snyder of $500,000, creating the Joan Snyder Program of Excellence. "We are honoured to have been awarded the 2015 CIS women's hockey championship and look forward to building on the great hosting tradition of the University of Calgary."
Before moving to Edmonton, the CIS indoor track and field championships will be held at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg next March.
The CIS women's hockey tourney will be contested at the UofA in 2012 and at the University of Toronto in 2013.
CIS CHAMPIONSHIP HOSTS:
Indoor Track & Field
2013 & 2014: Alberta
2014: St. Thomas