Campus Recreation and Intramural Sports Leagues are back in swing, allowing Lakehead students to exercise and relax away from the demands of the classroom. This year Lakehead Athletics will stage Ontario University Athletics (OUA) games, meets, and tournaments, as well as the annual Lakehead University John Zanatta Alumni Weekend. In addition, we are hosting a number of special events such as high school tournaments, meets, and charity events to better foster our ties with the community of Thunder Bay.
Returning Varsity athletes are back in action and, along with the new recruits, are sure to do the Lakehead colors proud.
Coach Kathy Clouthier’s women’s volleyball squad made the OUA playoffs last season and Clouthier was named OUA West Coach of the Year. Coach Lisa Paterson led the men’s and women’s nordic skiing teams to OUA and national championships for the second consecutive year. Coach Owen Dawkins was named OUA Male Wrestling Coach of the Year, and many Lakehead wrestlers took OUA medals last season.
The men’s hockey team won their first OUA Queen’s Cup Championship last year and claimed silver at the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) national championships. On the hockey front, Lakehead Athletics is already busy preparing to host the 2009 and 2010 national championships – an event which will allow us to showcase our school and community to the country.
Coach Kip Sigsworth’s cross country and indoor track teams continue to make strides, and both basketball teams – Coach Scott Morrison’s men’s team and Coach Jon Kreiner’s women’s team – look ready to make strong runs for OUA playoff spots after impressive recruiting years.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join us here at Lakehead Athletics, whether as a fan supporting the Thunderwolves or by coming out and using our wonderful facilities to support your healthy lifestyle. It’s going to be a great year and we want you to be part of it!