Ravens score bid to host national championship

The Carleton Ravens have scored a major victory by netting the host duties for the 2008 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) men’s soccer national championships.

Forty soccer teams from universities across Canada will compete throughout the 2008 regular season to earn one of six coveted spots at the nationals. The Ravens, who have struck silver twice at the championship tournament, will be ready to compete for Canada’s ultimate university soccer prize, according to head coach Sandy Mackie.

“I think it’s a positive thing for Raven’s soccer at Carleton. By that time, we should have some veteran players ready for the challenge,” says Mackie.

The University also tendered a solid bid to host the men’s basketball championships in 2006 and 2007 but lost out to Atlantic University Sport in Halifax, where the tournament has been played since 1984.

“The bids were all outstanding which made the selection of hosts extremely difficult,” says CIS chief executive officer, Marg McGregor.

Drew Love, Director of Physical Recreation and Athletics, says Carleton offered numerous unique benefits to help distinguish its bid from others vying to host one of Canada’s major university sporting competitions.

“We have excellent facilities, a bilingual city, excellent air and ground transportation, and we also minimize the time zone impact on travel for all participating teams,” he says.

Halifax will have hosted the championships for 24 consecutive years when the tournament concludes in March 2007.

From – http://www.now.carleton.ca/2005-1/651.htm

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