OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Thursday the hosts for eight national championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Wilfrid Laurier University was successful in bidding for the CIS Women’s hockey championships and will host the event in 2011.
The bid was supported by the City of Waterloo as the event will take place at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex in March of 2011, when Wilfrid Laurier University celebrates its 100th anniversary.
The University of Alberta was awarded the championship for 2012.
“We are excited to be hosting a national event in the university’s centennial year,” said PETER BAXTER, Director of Athletics and Recreation. “Laurier’s women’s hockey program has had a tradition of excellence over the last ten years and we hope to build on that by hosting an exciting championship displaying our athletes and our community.”
The Golden Hawk women’s hockey program has won the last five OUA championships and one CIS championship (in 2005). The team has also claimed three silver medals over the past seven seasons.
“We are very pleased to be working alongside Wilfrid Laurier University,” commented Mayor Halloran. “It is through partnerships like these, that create the type of community that we thrive in.”
Wilfrid Laurier last hosted a CIS championship in conjunction with the University of Guelph and University of Waterloo in 2001 and 2002 when the University Cup was held at the Kitchener Auditorium.
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports.
Other CIS championships awarded in the December bid announcement included men’s basketball for 2011 & 2012 as well as the men’s hockey in 2011 & 2012 and women’s rugby in 2010 & 2011.
CIS championship schedule:
2009 & 2010: Carleton University
2011 & 2012: Atlantic University Sport, in Halifax (awarded in December 2008)
2009 & 2010: St. Francis Xavier University
2011: Wilfrid Laurier University (awarded in December 2008)
2012: University of Alberta (awarded in December 2008)
2009 & 2010: Lakehead University
2011 & 2012: University of New Brunswick (awarded in December 2008)
2009: University of British Columbia
2010 & 2011: Trent University (awarded in December 2008)
Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Athletics & Recreation is home to 22 varsity sports as well as numerous intramural, recreation & fitness programs. Laurier’s varsity teams have brought home 54 provincial championships as well as 10 national championships in 97 years of competition.