A bright start to the year for athletics

For the upcoming 2004-2005 school year, Carleton University’s Department of Physical Recreation and Athletics has a few changes and improvements in store.

Most notably, athletics will be initiating a women’s golf program at the competitive club level. If the response is favourable, coaches are in place, and the department will commit some funds for them to enter a tournament this fall. The department will eventually look to outside sponsorship for funding, depending on the program’s success.

Assistant Director of Physical Recreation and Athletics, Gail Blake, says she’s hoping there is an interest.

Also new this year, Carleton’s varsity teams – men’s and women’s soccer, basketball and Nordic skiing – have been promoted to the elite level. This means all three sports have been identified for full-time coaching, which athletics will be aiming to implement over the next five years. Basketball and Nordic skiing have already secured full-time coaches.

With the completion of the Alumni Hall and Sports Centre this winter, Blake says the extra space will allow for a review of athletic programming, possibly resulting in some changes to intramural sports, which have stayed static for the past seven years.

All in all, it’s promising to be another winning year for Carleton athletics. In particular, both the men’s basketball and Nordic skiing teams are hopeful of being repeat national champions.

“The future for athletics looks bright,” says Blake.

From – http://www.now.carleton.ca/2004-09/483.htm

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