Wednesday, September 1, 2010
UBC Okanagan joins Canada West; TRU & UFV full members
EDMONTON – Canada West proudly welcomes UBC Okanagan as a new member of the conference, with the “Heat” beginning student-athlete participation in the 2011-12 season.
On May 6, 2010 UBC Okanagan was awarded the right to join, the result of a vote at Canada West annual meetings in Victoria, B.C. The Heat will now begin a three-year term as probationary members, and will begin interuniversity athletic competition in the sports of men's and women's basketball and volleyball in the fall of 2011.
Canada West acceptance is dependent on Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s (CIS) acceptance of UBC Okanagan's application for CIS membership, which will be reviewed at the CIS annual general meetings in 2011.
“Joining Canada West is a momentous step in the evolution of our athletics program,” said Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus. “Our athletics teams have enjoyed extraordinary success in the five years since our UBC campus opened and we look forward to continuing these achievements as we enter Canada’s top tier of varsity competition.”
“We are very excited about the vote to accept UBC Okanagan into Canada West,” said Rob Johnson, Director of Athletics at UBC Okanagan, adding, “This was a goal set soon after the institution was created, and a goal that is supported by the Board of Governors, the Administration, faculty, staff, students and equally importantly, by the greater community. We are finalizing our application to Canadian Interuniversity Sport and anticipate a vote from them in the new year.”
In addition to accepting UBC Okanagan as probationary member of the conference, Canada West also extended full membership status, effective today, to Thompson Rivers University and University of the Fraser Valley.
The Thompson Rivers WolfPack were accepted for probationary membership in 2005 in basketball and volleyball, while the Fraser Valley Cascades began as probationary member in 2006, competing in basketball and soccer.
Kenneth Olynyk, Director of Athletics and Recreation at Thompson Rivers, said, “It has been a long process for us with a great amount of change within the Canada West and the CIS. We are extremely pleased to be a full member of Canada West and the CIS and look forward to competing at the highest level and contributing to the ongoing success and administration of Canada West.”
“We have just finished our fourth year of competing in the CIS and Canada West and we are excited about being a full member with voting privileges. We look forward to representing Canada West at the National level,” commented Fraser Valley Director of Athletics Rick Nickelchok.
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Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year since 1997-98. Comprised of 14 schools, from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, the CWUAA produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues or events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games. For more information, visit www.canadawest.org; follow “cwuaa” on Twitter.