The Warriors will be well represented at the 2017 World University (FISU) Games in Almaty, Kazakhstan this coming January as both head coaches of the Warriors hockey programs will exchange their black and gold for red and white. The FISU Games are the world’s second biggest sporting event, next to the Olympics and it will run from January 29 – February 8.
Shaun Reagan, bench boss of women’s hockey will be an assistant coach of team Canada’s women’s squad while head coach of the men’s program, Brian Bourque will be the associate coach/general manager on the men’s side.
“It’s a tremendous honour to be selected to coach the best Canadian University women’s hockey players and to wear the maple leaf,” said coach Reagan. “It will be a great way to learn new coaching tactics working alongside some of the best coaches in Canadian University Sport.”
While it is the rst time Reagan will represent his country at this prestigious event, it is the second tour of duty for Bourque, who was the general manager of the 2011 bronze medal winning team.
“You just can’t turn down a chance to represent your country,” said Bourque. “This is under the Hockey Canada umbrella, and it’s a chance to compete in an international competition. It’s exciting.”
Joining Bourque on Team Canada is Trevor Black, Waterloo’s equipment manager. Black’s high-energy approach to every piece of his job is known around the league, and Bourque thinks his attentiveness makes him the perfect t for the Team Canada job.
“Over the past 10 years, Trevor has earned a reputation in the OUA as a relentless worker who pays attention to every detail,” said Bourque. This opportunity for him is well deserved.”
In addition to the sta invites, ve student-athletes also have opportunities to wear the maple leaf.
On the women’s side, forward Rachel Marriott and netminder Stephanie Sluys have both locked up spots on the women’s roster. The dynamic duo, who were both named top Ontario University Athletics (OUA) rookies in 2014 and 2015 respectively, have been having outstanding years for Waterloo and will hope to return home with a gold medal.
From the men’s team, three players have been invited to the selection camp; defencemen Stephen Silas and Mike Mo at, and team captain, forward Riley Sonnenburg. The camp will run in December in Caledon, Ont. with 40 OUA players trying to crack the 22 player line-up.
Think Pink Continues to Raise the Bar
Think Pink is always a staple event in the Department of Athletics and the ninth annual campaign has exceeded expectations once again.
What started as a U Sports women’s basketball initiative has spread across all areas of the department and beyond to raise money for cancer research.
Six different varsity games, a variety of recreational initiatives and other fundraising efforts targeted at students, faculty, staff , alumni, and community members have combined to help raise over $16,000 for
the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Chapter, bar making it a nine year total of $193,600. Donations will be accepted until the end of December and the nal total will be posted at gowarriorsgo.ca in the new year.
The highlight of the campaign came at intermission at a men’s hockey game (Nov. 12) and halftime of a men’s basketball game (Nov. 26) as nine teen students combined to shave/cut their hair for the cause. The hair will be donated to various charities (Pantene Beautiful Lengths, Locks of Love) while each individual used the hair cutting as a key motivator to raise money for Think Pink.
“I am so proud by everyone’s efforts to help raise money and awareness for such an important cause,” said marketing, events and outreach manager Jenny Mackay. “It’s a real sense of community here at the University of Waterloo, and when our students get together to reach fundraising goals, it’s amazing to see the collaborative effort shine through.”
As the department looks forward to the 10th annual camp again next fall, there is no doubt the $200K amount will be surpassed, an incredible feat that the department should be very proud of.