The 2005-06 Athletics year is now under way and students are taking part in a range of campus recreation activities and sports leagues including our exciting Thunderwolves Varsity and Club sports programs.
The Hangar has proven to be a hit with the student body. It, along with the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse and our many outdoor facilities (beach volleyball courts, playing fields, and scenic hiking and cycling trails), gives Lakehead students and staff one of the most comprehensive athletics facilities in Canada.
To mark Lakeheadís 40th Anniversary, we held the annual Zanatta Alumni Homecoming Weekend during Celebration Weekend, on September 29 to October 2, 2005. The Weekend included the annual showdowns between the Thunderwolves Varsity teams and the alumni teams, as well as the popular game pitting Lakehead U Athletics Staff versus Thunder Bay Media Celebrities. The Menís Hockey team also played two exciting games against Saint Maryís University, the Atlantic powerhouse.
We also marked Lakeheadís sporting history by holding a special ceremony in the new Sports Lounge at The Hangar. This ceremony saw the unveiling of the ďnewĒ Lakehead Athletics Wall of Fame which was moved from its old location in the C. J. Sanders Fieldhouse. The ceremony included the presentation of this yearís inductees to the Lakehead Wall of Fame.
In March 2006, Lakehead will host the OUA Wrestling Championships and the CIS-CCUNC Nordic Cross Country Skiing Championships. The latter will be part of the Canadian National Nordic Championships, organized in conjunction with our partners at the National Training and Development Centre in Lappe, Ontario. There, Lakehead will be looking to defend its Menís and Womenís national championship team titles.
Itís going to be another banner year for Lakehead Athletics, and I would like to extend an invitation to all of you to take in a Thunderwolves game, or drop by our campus and try out our excellent athletics facilities.