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Athletics partners with multi-sport complex
WATERLOO, Ont. (September 13, 2011) - Wilfrid Laurier Athletics and Recreation has agreed to the first phase in a longer term partnership between Laurier's men's and women's soccer teams and the investment group of the new 65,000 square foot multi-sport complex on 10 acres of land at the location of the former Doon soccer park at the 401 and Homer Watson Boulevard opening this fall. 

"Laurier soccer now has an official off-season training space and the facility will give the opportunity for our student-athletes to become regular instructors and give back to their sport and the Kitchener-Waterloo community where they have grown up," stated PETER BAXTER, Laurier's Director Athletics and Recreation. "Laurier is committed to growing soccer and this private-public partnership is the first phase of developing soccer from youth soccer to elite levels in addition to growing the sports fan base within the region."

Wilfrid Laurier soccer coaches Mario Halapir and Barry MacLean will soon see their vision of a multi-sport complex for the Kitchener-Waterloo region come to fruition.

This fall, an investment group, spearheaded by Halapir, will open the complex which will feature a number of different indoor sporting spaces, including a fieldhouse, gymnasium, two soccer pads, a fitness centre and dance studios. Outdoor sporting spaces will include soccer fields, locations for both beach soccer and beach volleyball, as well as a swimming pool.

Additional amenities will include a full-service restaurant with a 2100 square foot patio overlooking the outdoor soccer and beach facilities, locker rooms and showers, and rentable space for corporate events and large functions of up to 175 people. 

"This is a life-long dream to have a facility that caters to the community and to elite athlete development, especially in the sport of soccer," commented MacLean. "For me personally, it is very exciting to be involved with this project."

According to Halapir, this facility will have a strong impact on local sport and healthy living for the entire region. "Our vision for the facility is a location where adults, families and children can come and experience a wide range of sports, from soccer and basketball to wrestling and volleyball. This will be a lifestyle centre where everyone can learn about the importance of healthy living, nutrition and exercise."

Not only is the facility expected to be a beacon of health and wellness for the general public, Halapir also stated that it will be a place for high performance athletes to hone their skills in preparation for their progression through the world of sports. "We have very strong ties to the local sports clubs in the area and we foresee the space as helping to provide an avenue for athletes who have visions of progressing into high performance sport."

"Many Laurier athletes will be heavily involved with the future success of the facility," stated Halapir. "It will be an excellent opportunity to get positive recognition in the community for the Golden Hawks brand."

Both MacLean and Halapir are graduates of Wilfrid Laurier University and the two teamed up to lead the Laurier men's soccer team to back-to-back national championships in 2000 and 2001. MacLean has also guided the women's soccer program to a national championship in 1995 and most recently, captured the OUA Championship and CIS Silver Medal with women's soccer in 2010.

For more information on the facility, please contact:
Director, Athletics and Recreation
519 884-0710 x2216

Wilfrid Laurier Men's Soccer Coach
519-572-9971

Wilfrid Laurier Women's Soccer Coach
519-651-6385

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