Athletics and Recreation races ahead
Since the release of the Crawford-Deakin Report four years ago, Athletics and Recreation has made significant progress realizing its vision of offering the best athletics and recreation programs in Canada.
“We measure ourselves against some tremendous programs across the country, and I feel that we are starting to close the gap and are starting to position ourselves positively as a leader,” says Leslie Dal Cin, Director of Athletics and Recreation.
The 2007 report outlined 18 recommendations in the areas of organizational structure, funding and resources, inter-university sport, and campus recreation and sports clubs. Twelve of the 18 recommendations have been implemented and resulted in improvements in both the sport and recreational programs offered. There has also been a marked improvement in the level of competitive success for Queen’s.
Since the review, Queen’s teams have won four national championships after an eight-year drought before the review, and they have doubled their provincial titles compared to the three-year period before the review.
The university continues to attract student athletes who excel academically. More than 600 student athletes have achieved over an 80 per cent average since the review. Queen’s has doubled its number of all-Canadian athletes and Canadian Interuniversity Sport major award winners.
“Over the past three years we have developed tremendous partnerships on campus. The continued support of the Officer of the University Registrar and the establishment of an academic advisory council has assisted our coaches in their ability to recruit gifted students and top performing athletes,” says Ms Dal Cin.
The breadth of campus recreation programming has also expanded with significantly increased participation rates over the last three years. Athletics and Recreation currently supports over 5,000 intramural participants each year and 50 varsity and/or recreational clubs, and for the first time in 10 years, the department introduced new sports clubs this year.
“The Athletics and Recreation Centre in the Queen’s Centre, which recently welcomed its one millionth visitor since it opened in January 2010, has put us in the position where we can think differently about our programs and ensure we are meeting our clients’ needs,” says Ms Dal Cin.
Evaluation and revamping of programs will continue as Athletics and Recreation continues its drive for excellence. Other objectives include working to offer more accessible programs and searching for new sources of revenue.