McMaster Athletics and Recreation 2018-19 Year in Review

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Department of Athletics & Recreation

Year-End Review

Highlighting the department’s goals, challenges, successes, programs and classes



Year in Review

Table of Contents Letter from Sean




Statement Of Dignity & Inclusion


Pulse Fitness Centre


Okanagan Charter


March Break / Summer Kids Camps


Athletics and Recreation


Experiential Learning




McMaster Sport Medicine Program


OUA Team Records


Department News


Women's Basketball


Men's Cross Country


Athletics and Recreation Community Outreach


U Sports


McMaster Performance


Athletic Award Winners


Academic Success


The David Braley Sport Medicine & Rehabilitation Centre




Social Media


Outdoor Recreation


Legacy Golf Tournament


Instructional Classes


Women's Athletic Leadership Council & Varsity Leadership Council


A Letter from Sean Welcome to McMaster Athletics & Recreation In 2018-19, Athletics & Recreation again demonstrated its essential role in the things that make McMaster great. The department is key to providing an engaging student experience that supports and promotes overall wellbeing. They are also vital to our community-building efforts. Our facilities, events and programming help strengthen lasting personal bonds between students, and provide opportunities for the local community to engage in the life of the University. We’re also the largest student employer and experiential learning provider on campus, helping to provide financial support and valuable work experience while balancing and supporting students’ academic needs.

one of the greatest victories in Marauder history. In addition, the academic prowess of our student-athletes was demonstrated by the highest number of Marauder Scholars ever recognized, with over 500 student-athletes honoured for their outstanding academic achievements. Athletics & Recreation is a model that others across the country look to emulate. With facility expansion and new leadership for the department on the horizon, the future looks bright. Go Mac Go!

Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students to participate in physical activity means that we are always changing and adapting to the needs and interests of our students. Whether it is cricket or Korean sword fighting, our activities continue to grow in diversity. The new Student Activity and Fitness Expansion slated for construction over the next two years, will add nearly 100,000 square feet of physical space, including women’s only studio space and multi-faith prayer rooms. No matter what community you are a part of, there’s a place for you in Athletics & Recreation. Our 1,100 Marauder student-athletes have always been exceptional representatives of McMaster and our commitment to academic and athletic excellence. The iconic performance of our women’s basketball team in the national championship was not only the highlight of the year, but will be remembered for generations as

Sean Van Koughnett Associate Vice-President (Students and Learning) and Dean of Students



Statement of Dignity & Inclusion As the Department of Athletics & Recreation at McMaster University: • We’re committed to building a safe and inclusive space where diversity is celebrated. • We recognize, value, and encourage celebration of the human differences that surround us. • We ask all members of our community to participate in fostering this spirit. • Any expressions of bigotry, hatred, prejudice, or disrespect are inconsistent with the ideals of preserving human dignity and our goal of cultivating the human potential in everyone, and have no place in our community. Accessible Sport & Recreation Programs We are committed to working proactively to ensure members of all abilities are able to access our facilities, programs, and events. We welcome feedback on ways to better serve all members, especially with respect to accessibility.



We’re committed to building a safe and inclusive space where diversity is celebrated

Department of Athletics & Recreation

Okanagan Charter The International Health Promoting Campuses Network is guided by the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting University and Colleges, which calls on post-secondary schools to embed health into all aspects of campus culture and to lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally. Created in June 2015, the Charter provides institutions with a common language, principles, and framework to become health and wellbeing promoting campuses. In 2017, McMaster joined the world’s healthpromoting universities and colleges in signing the Okanagan Charter, dedicated to advancing human and societal health and wellbeing. The charter, an outcome of the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, encourages institutions to make health and wellbeing a priority in everything they do – from policy decisions and academic programming to research and the configuration of campus space. It also calls on universities and colleges to lead human and environmental wellbeing promotion activities both locally and globally. By adopting the charter, McMaster committed to the inclusion of health and wellbeing in the University’s strategic planning processes, supporting students, staff and faculty in being as healthy as they can be, supporting the integration of educational opportunities related to health and wellbeing and advancing research and training to support health and wellbeing on a global scale.

The Charter provides institutions with a common language, principles, and framework to become health and wellbeing promoting campuses

McMaster already has a range of programs and initiatives that support the commitments of the Okanagan Charter, including: • The Student Mental Health and Wellbeing strategy • The work of the Student Wellness Centre and Athletics and Recreation • The community-focused healthcare, education and research offered through the David Braley Health Sciences Centre in downtown Hamilton • The work of the Office of Sustainability • Stewardship and preservation efforts related to the University’s natural lands, in partnership with the Royal Botanical Gardens and Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark system.



EVERY DAY! Student Centred.

Community Involved.




Act with respect for our

United by one

Recognize, value and encourage

values and work towards

simple fact; we are all

celebration of the human

the long term wellness of the

Marauders. Love and

differences that surround us.

whole department.

believe what you do.

Preserve human dignity





Forward thinking and sustainable,

To utilize existing resources in a creative

Understand and appreciate

To yourself and those around

creating detailed plans for

way to optimize success while also work-

the goals and purpose of all

you. Take responsibility for

achieving success by setting

ing to develop new opportunities, ideas,

areas of our department to

performance in all of our

measurable goals.

and practices in our pursuit of continual

create synergy.

and meaningful growth.

decisions and actions; individually and as a collective.


Athletics & Recreation Our Mission Cultivate human potential and enrich wellness through recreation and sport.

Our Vision Striving for excellence in all that we do.



To cultivate human potential and enrich wellness through recreation and sport while striving for excellence in all that we do, every day. We here at McMaster Athletics and Recreation are student centered and community involved. We act with integrity and respect for our values and work towards the long term wellness of the department, campus, and community. We are passionate and united by one simple fact, that we are all part of Marauder Nation and we Choose Better, every day. We are an inclusive community with a focus on the preservation of human dignity. We recognize, value, and encourage celebration of the human difference that surrounds us.


Ontario University Athletics Vision The Preeminent University Sport Conference in Canada.


Member Institutions

23 Different Sports



Developing student-athletes through academics and athletics to achieve excellence in life.

Mandate Ontario University Athletics provides leadership, stewardship and policy direction for university sport and governs sanctioned interuniversity sport competition in Ontario on behalf of its member institutions. McMaster is a proud member of Ontario University Athletics. OUA, which is a member of the national body U SPORTS, is one of four regional conferences in Canada.



OUA Team Records 2018−19 Season

BADMINTON • Fourth at OUA Championships • Clement Chow named OUA All-Star

BASEBALL • 0-3 at OUA Championship - Did Not Advance to Semifinals • Jeremie Veilleux named OUA Rookie of the Year • Quinn Finch named OUA First Team All-Star • Mark Zanette and Jeremie Veilleux named OUA Second Team All-Stars

CROSS COUNTRY | MEN • OUA Champions (fourth championship in Marauders history) • Max Turek wins individual title (third winner in Marauders history) • Paula Schnurr named OUA Men’s Coach of the Year • Turek and Sergio Raez Villanueva named OUA First Team All-Stars • Alex Drover and Josh McGillivray named OUA Second Team All-Stars

CROSS COUNTRY | WOMEN • Finished sixth at OUA Championships

BASKETBALL | MEN • Reached OUA quarterfinals • David McCulloch named OUA Third Team All-Star • Jordan Henry named to OUA All-Rookie Team

CURLING | MEN • Reached OUA quarterfinals • Troy Stoner named OUA Second Team All-Star

BASKETBALL | WOMEN • OUA Champions (fifth title) • Hilary Hanaka and Linnaea Harper named OUA First Team All-Stars • Sarah Gates named OUA Second Team All-Star • Hilary Hanaka receives OUA Joy Bellinger Award (Community Service)



CURLING | WOMEN • Did not reach OUA quarterfinals



• Finished 11th at OUA Championship

• The Marauders men finished eighth at the OUA Championships • The Marauders women finished eighth at the OUA Championships

FENCING | WOMEN • Finished 8th at OUA Championship • Ying Jia Chen won bronze in the individual sabre

FIGURE SKATING • Won OUA Bronze • Belvina Mao named OUA All-Star • Isabella Mancini won silver in the novice short program • Emma Bonafiglia won bronze in the gold solo dance • Sarah Raynsford and Emma Curtis won bronze in the star 10 similar dance • Gabby Le Donne and Jessica Wiskar won bronze in the senior similar pairs

FOOTBALL • Reached the OUA quarterfinals • Noah Hallett was named an OUA First Team All-Star • Dawlson Bourdages and Eryk Bujalski were named to the OUA All-Rookie Team

LACROSSE • McMaster finished seventh at the OUA Championship • Sabrina Schindel named OUA First Team All-Star • Sophie Skillen named OUA Second Team All-Star

ROWING • The Marauders men finished seventh at the OUA Championships • The Marauders women finished 11th at the OUA Championships

SQUASH • McMaster’s men finished sixth at the OUA Championships • McMaster’s women finished sixth at the OUA Championships • Olivia Waite was named an OUA All-Star



OUA Team Records 2018−19 Season



• McMaster advanced to the OUA quarterfinals • Jack McRogers was named an OUA All-Star

• McMaster was eliminated in the first round of the OUA playoffs • Yunus Mollayev and Anand Sergeant were named OUA West First Team All-Stars • Tristan Joyce, Cheikh Tchouambou, Anton Buretic and Dusan Kovacevic were named OUA West Second Team All-Stars • Cheikh Tchouambou was also selected to the 2018 West All-Rookie team • Yordan Stoyanov received the OUA West Community Service Award

RUGBY | WOMEN • McMaster won OUA bronze • Britni French and Sara Svoboda were named as Shiels Division All-Stars • Mackenzie Wiens received the Shiels Division Community Service Award

SWIMMING • McMaster won women’s silver at the OUA Championships • McMaster’s men finished fourth at the OUA Championships • Mitch Muizelaar won OUA gold in the 1500m freestyle • Isabelle Lei won silver in the 200m individual medley and bronze in the 400m freestyle

TENNIS • McMaster’s men finished fourth at the OUA Championships • McMaster’s women finished fourth at the OUA Championships



SOCCER | WOMEN • McMaster won OUA Bronze • Stephanie Roberts named OUA West First Team All-Star • Mary Craig and Grace Grafham named OUA West Second Team All-Stars

WATER POLO • McMaster won bronze at the OUA Championship • Quinn Fairley was named OUA Coach of the Year • Colin Colterjohn and Oriol Herrerro were named OUA All-Stars



• McMaster won men’s silver at the OUA Championships • McMaster’s women finished fifth at the OUA Championships • Ameen Aghamirian was named OUA Most Outstanding Male Wrestler • Trystan Kato was named OUA Male Rookie of the Year • Ligaya Stinellis was named OUA Female Rookie of the Year • Aghamirian won gold in the 82kg weight class • Connor Quinton won gold in the 68kg weight class • Kato won silver in the 65kg weight class • Ben Zahra won silver in the 76kg weight class • Brad MaGarrey won silver in the 90kg weight class • Francesco Fortino won bronze in the 57kg weight class • Kais Al-Khaldi won bronze in the 61kg weight class • Stinellis won silver in the 48kg weight class • Joelle Vanderslagt won silver in the 67kg weight class

• McMaster won OUA silver • Matt Passalent was named the OUA West Player of the Year • Passalent and Andrew Richards were named OUA West First Team All-Stars • Craig Ireland was named an OUA West Second Team All-Star • Tyler Pavelic was named to the OUA All-Rookie Team • Richards received the OUA West nomination for the Dale Iwanoczko Award (Community Service)

VOLLEYBALL | WOMEN • The Marauders finished fifth in the OUA West and missed the playoffs • Jessie Nairn was named an OUA First Team All-Star



Women's Basketball A season after reaching the OUA’s Critelli Cup final on home court, the Marauders returned a veteran roster in 2018-19 that included two fifth-year leaders in Hilary Hanaka and Linnaea Harper. The two both earned OUA First Team All-Star status after guiding McMaster to a team-record-tying total of 21 conference wins, and the top seed in the OUA West. Second-year guard Sarah Gates was also recognized by the conference, being named an OUA Second Team All-Star.

Hanaka became the sixth All-Canadian in McMaster’s program history, being named to the Second Team while receiving the U SPORTS Sylvia Sweeney Award in recognition of her community service work.

Advancing to the U SPORTS Championship tournament for a second consecutive year, the Marauders entered play in Toronto as the second seed. McMaster opened its tournament with an 86-66 win over the Concordia Stingers to earn a spot in the national semifinals for the third After earning a bye through the first round of the time, and made history by defeating the Saskatchewan conference playoffs, McMaster easily dispatched the Huskies 73-66 to advance to the national final for the first Brock Badgers 81-70 at the quarterfinal stage, and beat time. Pulling away in the fourth quarter of the title game, the Carleton Ravens 73-58 in a semifinal at Burridge Gym McMaster beat Laval 70-58 to claim its first national title in to return to the Critelli Cup final. There, the Marauders women’s basketball, and saw Harper as the Most Valuable navigated a back-and-forth contest against the topPlayer of the U SPORTS Championship, while Christina seeded Gee-Gees in Ottawa to win 79-75 and claim the Buttenham was named as a tournament all-star. fifth conference banner in team history. All of those championships have come during head coach Theresa Burns’ 26-year tenure (first in 1999).



Men’s Cross Country Entering the OUA Championships as the country’s second seed behind the conference powerhouse Guelph Gryphons, the Marauders dramatically overhauled their rivals to win the fourth conference title in their history, and first in 54 years. A season after being named as the OUA Rookie of the Year and winning McMaster’s Male Rookie of the Year honour, Max Turek topped the field in 31:57 to win the individual title in London and become just the third Marauder to do so, joining Dave Lorne (1992) and Dave Knox (1964). The OUA MVP, Turek was joined among the First Team AllStars by teammate Sergio Raez Villanueva, who finished seventh, while Alex Drover (eighth) and Josh McGillivray (11th) were named to the Second Team. McMaster’s prospects at the U SPORTS Championships two weeks later were dampened somewhat when Turek suffered an injury away from training. But the secondyear racer returned to finish 11th at the national meet and nab Second Team All-Canadian status while leading his team to U SPORTS bronze. That ended a five-year streak that had seen McMaster finish one spot off the podium in fourth. Drover finished close behind Turek in 14th place to grab a Second Team All-Canadian spot as well.



U SPORTS U SPORTS is the national brand for university sports in Canada. Every year, over 12,000 student-athletes and 500 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U SPORTS also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships.

12,000 student-athletes

500 coaches

56 Universities


National Championships


Different Sports






Jordan Henry was named to the U SPORTS All-Rookie Team


McMaster wins U SPORTS Championship (first title) Hilary Hanaka was named a Second Team All-Canadian Hanaka received the U SPORTS Sylvia Sweeney Award (Community Service) Linnaea Harper was named as the MVP of the U SPORTS Championship Christina Buttenham was named as a U SPORTS Championship All-Star

McMaster finished fourth at the U SPORTS Championship Stephanie Roberts was named as a Second Team All-Canadian


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McMaster went 0-2 at the U SPORTS Championship and did not advance to the final day Matt Passalent was named as a First Team All-Canadian Andrew Richards was named as a Second Team All-Canadian Richards won the U SPORTS Dale Iwanoczko Award (Community Service)


McMaster men won bronze at U SPORTS Championship Max Turek named Second Team All-Canadian

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McMaster’s women finished 11th at the U SPORTS Championships McMaster’s men finished 24th at the U SPORTS Championships


Britni French was named a Second Team All-Canadian


Cheikh Tchouambou was named to the U SPORTS All-Rookie Team

• • • •

McMaster men finished seventh at the U SPORTS Championships McMaster’s women finished 10th at the U SPORTS Championships Ben Zahra won silver in the 76kg weight class Connor Quinton won bronze in the 68kg weight class



Athletic Award Winners On April 2, 2019 McMaster student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans gathered to celebrate another great season at the 95th Annual McMaster Athletic Awards. Congratulations to our 2018-19 major award winners!

Ivor Wynne Award Male Athlete of the Year Max Turek, Cross Country Therese Quigley Award Female Athlete of the Year Linnaea Harper, Basketball Dr. Ray Johnson Award Graduating Male Athlete of the Year Andrew Richards Dr. Edna Guest Award Graduating Female Athlete of the Year Hilary Hanaka Mel & Marilyn Hawkrigg Outstanding Male Rookie of the Year Award Mitch Pellarin, Lacrosse



Mel & Marilyn Hawkrigg Outstanding Female Rookie of the Year Award Ligaya Stinellis, Wrestling Les Prince Award Community Service Claudia Continenza, Soccer Bruce Cochrane Award Student Leader & Contributor Laura Gelowitz, Hockey Joyce Wignall Award Team Community Service Men’s Rugby

Academic Success In our most recent report, McMaster had the following number of student-athletes that achieved 80% or higher in the classroom while competing on an interuniversity team. These individuals are recognized in front of faculty members, coaches, and staff at the annual Marauder Scholar Breakfast.

2018 recipients of the Dr. Mary Keyes and Dr. Jack Kennedy Awards for academic and athletic excellence were women’s rugby player Sara Svoboda and men’s rugby player Callum Macleay.

Marauder Scholar Award

325 Recipients OUA Academic Achievement Award

107 Recipients U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian

85 Recipients



Department of Athletics & Recreation

Intramurals Vision & Values

As staff and participants in our Intramural Sports program, we are committed to realizing the ideals below: •

We are participant-focused and student-led: Each and every participant’s experience must be central in every decision, which will be driven, along with our entire program, by our student-staff leaders.

We are redefining sport culture: We are forwardthinking and active creators of an increasingly positive and constructive sport culture; ‘that’s just sports’ or ‘that’s the way it’s always worked’ or ‘that’s the way it works everywhere else’ only works for us as long as it is serving our goals and vision.

We are committed to excellence in service delivery: As staff, we strive for continuous improvement in the delivery of our product - fun, friendship and an active lifestyle through sport - whether in terms of customer service and administration or the in-game ‘sport’ experience.


We are a safe and actively-inclusive community: Our events must contribute positively towards a physically and emotionally safe and inclusive McMaster community. ‘Actively-inclusive’ means we actively work to break down barriers to participation and extend invitations to historically marginalized groups.

We offer meaningful work experience: We create meaningful work experiences, including unique studentjob supervisory / management opportunities, and pathways to progress within and between roles; staff members can expect to both give and receive feedback on their own and others’ performance regularly.


In most leagues we offer an Open, Women’s, Corec and Men’s league. • Outdoor Soccer (11v11 & 5v5) & Indoor Soccer (5v5) • Volleyball (sitting, 4’s and 6’s) • Basketball (3on3, 4on4 & 5on5) • 3 Pitch Softball • Flag Football • Innertube Waterpolo • Outdoor & Indoor Ultimate Frisbee • Floorball • Ice Hockey • Indoor Cricket • Table Tennis • Badminton • Women in Sport Tour • Tournaments – Spikeball, Dodgeball, Wheelchair Basketball, Unified Special Olympics Basketball, Pairs Volleyball, March Madness Basketball, Battle of the Mountain





5088 Unique Participants

930 Teams

119 Staff

That's over

11500 hours!

Outdoor Recreation Outdoor Recreations’ goal is threefold: 1. Help participants enjoy the many beautiful natural

areas around Hamilton and throughout North America 2. Engage people in adventure programming to enrich

personal and group efficacy 3. Provide outdoor skill training courses

Outdoor recreation achieves its goals through the following programs:

1. Altitude •

Adventure-based team-building program designed to facilitate team development, leadership, cooperation and communication skills

Programs encompass a variety of outdoor and indoor pursuits including climbing our high ropes Alpine Tower II, group challenges on the Team Development Course, climbing on the Feather Family Climbing Wall, group challenge activities and nature hikes

Valuable team building programs for McMaster students, staff and varsity sports teams, as well as elementary & high school classes, youth at risk organizations, corporate groups and community sports teams

Total Participants for 2018/19



McMaster Students

Middle & High School Students


Corporate Users

More than 350 McMaster students participated in outdoor recreation club’s trips in 2018 ATHLETICS & RECREATION: YEAR IN REVIEW 2018


2. Climbing Wall

5. Outdoor Recreation Clubs

• The popular Feather Family Climbing Wall is located in the PULSE fitness centre

Outdoor trips are run through our Outdoor and Climbing Clubs, and range from:

• Offers both top-rope climbing and bouldering opportunities for members and groups • The McMaster Climbing Club hosts a Youth Climbing program on Saturday mornings and a bouldering competition each semester

3. MOOSE (McMaster Outdoor Orientation Student Experience) • The MOOSE outdoor orientation experience is offered during Welcome Week to assist students with the transition to university • While there are hundreds of these types of programs in the United States, MOOSE is one of the few and by far the largest in Canada, with over 100 participants each year

• Weekend trips to Bruce Peninsula, Algonquin, Killarney Provincial Park and Rattlesnake Point • Longer wilderness expeditions to such locales as the Adirondacks, the Grand Canyon, Alabama Horse Pens 40 and the Rocky Mountains • More than 350 McMaster students participated in outdoor recreation club trips in 2017

6. Nature at McMaster • McMaster University is surrounded by a wealth of natural areas, with waterfalls, valleys, meadows, wetlands, and forests to explore and discover

• This popular program includes a three-night stay at Camp Arowhon and a two-night beginner canoe trip in Algonquin Provincial Park

• Nature at McMaster is an educational and promotional website designed to help people experience these natural areas that features maps, interpretation information, events, and a photo gallery

4. Outdoor Leadership and Training

• The program’s weekly Sunday and Wednesday hikes introduce students and staff to the natural areas in Hamilton

• Outdoor skill development courses are designed to help students gain skills for recreating in the outdoors, with certification programs available to help students and community members gain seasonal and professional employment • The Outdoor Leaders program allows McMaster students to gain valuable leadership experience by facilitating the many trips offered by our outdoor recreation clubs


• Local trips to many of the beautiful natural areas around the university



Ballet, Ballroom, Belly, Hip Hop, Lyrical/Contemporary, Latin, 2. Sports and Martial Arts

Fencing, Korean Sword, Karate, Krav Maga Self Defense, Muay Thai, Squash 3. Yoga

Beginner, Flow, Power, Restorative, Myofascial Stretch, Women’s Only

Instructional Classes

4. Pilates

5. Meditation

Programs are open to everyone high school age and up, unless specified as a children’s program Participants can be Members OR Non-Members, however the program registration fee is lower for members

Members – Automatically includes all McMaster students, and anyone else who has purchased a Base Membership

Programs are designed to encourage people to try something in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere at the beginner, non-competitive level while progressing through a series of lessons

6. Children’s Special Needs Program:

Super Hero Training Academy 7. Red Cross Standard First Aid and

Recertification Courses

Participation Numbers

Instructors are mainly non-students with years of experience teaching in their field

“I just want to say that the Krav Maga class was amazing. The instructors were excellent, and I learned a lot, had lots of fun, and will definitely sign up for more classes. Keep this program here at Mac!”


Instructional Programming Participants


Dance Instructional Programming Participants




Current McMaster aquatic programs include:

The Ivor Wynne Centre is the location of a 50 metre, 6 lane pool built in the 1960s. The pool has had a series of minor retrofits completed in the 1990s. More recently the pool water disinfection system was converted from bromine to salt (2007). The pool has a moveable bulkhead and seating for approximately 700 people.

Program Facts & Numbers The pool at McMaster was the first indoor long course pool built in Canada.

200,000+ uses per year

24,000 recreational swim uses per year

Participant Organizations Current external regular renters of the pool are: • • • • • • • •


Burlington Synchronized Swim Club Golden Horseshoe Aquatic Club Hamilton Aquatic Club Hamilton Aquatic Water Polo Club Hammer Water Polo Club Mississauga Aquatic Club Oakville Aquatic Club Hamilton Wentworth District School Board


• • • • • • • • • •

Recreational/Lap Swimming for members and students including Women Only, Men Only and Trans Friendly Swims Private Swimming Lessons for youth and adults Group Swimming Lessons for adults Lifesaving Leadership Masters Swim Training (offered through GHAC) Intramural Programs Swim Camp Use of pool for McMaster camps Varsity Swimming Varsity Water Polo McMaster Clubs (Lifesaving, Synchro, Kayaking, Dragon Boat)

In addition, several other swim and masters clubs as well as school boards use the pool intermittently when it is available for events.

Experiential Learning / Student Employment Opportunities Learning opportunities consist of student employment as lifeguards and instructors as well as leadership opportunities for 4 students each year to assist in the management and operation of the pool and aquatics programme.

THE PULSE PROGRAMS AND HIGHLIGHTS OF 2018/19 • 40 drop-in fitness classes a week ranging from Step to Bootcamp, Yoga to HIIT, Cycling to Strength Challenge, Zumba and so much more • Added a brand new dragon boat erg • Purchased 2 new ‘water rowers’ with a state of the art Gemini platform that replicates the feeling of rowing on water

The Pulse Fitness Centre

• Offered 3 free workshops on resistance training

The Pulse is McMaster University’s fitness centre and has just what you need to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Our certified staff members have the skills and enthusiasm to put you on the road to a healthier you, no matter what your current fitness level, what your individual interests are, what your personal goals are, or your limited availability. The Pulse offers numerous educational workshops and fitness programs that guarantee Fun, Friendship and Fitness! A Pulse Membership includes access to all equipment, drop-in fitness and cycling classes as well as the Feather Family Climbing Wall. In addition, there is always at least one Personal Trainer monitoring the floor at all times so please do not hesitate to ask if you have a question or would like some assistance.

The Pulse as an Employer





Support Staff

Personal Trainers

Fitness Instructors

• Instructional Programs including Learn to Lift, Circuit Training, and the very popular Women on Weights • Personal training and small group training available for an extra fee • Personal Trainers always available on the floor for advice or assistance • Women’s Only space available • 3 programs offered to help members with special needs: Strive for Health, Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP), and Super Hero Training Academy • 236 personal training clients engaged

Total part-time casual staff




Department of Athletics & Recreation

March Break/Summer Kids Camps Program Numbers •

A Hamilton summer and March Break tradition, our McMaster Camps have been sharing the joy of play, learning, and friendship with our community since 1977 Our range of camps engage youth from the ages of 6-16, and include Sport Fitness School, Mini-University, The Competitive Edge, Junior Leadership, March Mania, and our Marauder Sport Camps

We provide the FUN, learning, and high-performance development you expect from a world-class institution

With phenomenal staff and state-of-the-art facilities, you can expect the very best from your McMaster Athletics & Recreation children’s camp experience


Camp Participants


March Mania Participants

72 Climbing & Fitness Participants

100 full summer camp scholarsips

Mini-University Mini-University is an experiential education and adventure camp offering children and youth a sneak peek at university life, without the tests! Lesson topics include the sciences, arts, multimedia and outdoor adventure. Mini-U has been instrumental in the career paths of many, many teachers, and provides opportunity to develop lesson plans and deliver educational programmes to children ages 8-14 in an innovative, exciting learning environment.



Summer Camps

101 March Mania

Sport Fitness School Sport Fitness School is a multi-sport program that provides children and youth ages 5-16 with opportunities in over 30 different sport and fitness related activities. The school is designed to influence healthy, active lifestyle choices, positive social interaction and individual development through sport and play. Each day, coaches are responsible for leading sport lessons in 3 of our 30+ sport offerings, taking part in a recreational swim, and empowering children and sharing life lessons throughout.

Camper Scholarships provided


Summer Camps

10 March Mania



Department of Athletics & Recreation

Experiential Learning Student-Athlete Academic Mentors Student-Athlete Academic Mentors provide one-on-one & group mentorship with student-athletes to assist them in developing academic skills as well as providing guidance through the role of “academic coach” using a variety of methods that will help the student-athlete with the process of setting and reaching goals.

Intramural Staff In 2018-19, McMaster Intramurals employed 119 staff – that’s over 11,500 hours!

March Break and Summer Camps Total Part-Time Staff


March Mania


Sport-Fitness School


Total Staff





Marauder Sport Camps


9-person Leadership Team •

7 Sport Supervisors – As members of our Intramural Sports Leadership Team, Sport Supervisors are role models in and ambassadors of our Intramural Sports program as a whole. They are responsible for the successful operation of the leagues under their supervision, with primary focus on management and development of their staff. A Sport Supervisor's performance is measured by their ability to build a staff team capable of delivering a high quality, safe, inclusive and fun-first sport experience while simultaneously engaging and developing the next generation of leaders within our program. Sport Supervisors attend and drive the overall development of our program during leadership meetings.

1 Office Manager – A member of our Intramural Sports Leadership Team, the Office Manager is a role model in and ambassador of our Intramural Sports program as a whole. They are our lead program administrator, managing our payroll system, tracking staff information, training and certification records, supervising our Game Score Administrators and managing our Free Agent service. In addition, the Office Manager coordinates staffing of program office hours and scheduling of regular Leadership Team meetings. As with their Leadership Team counterparts, our Office Manager attends and drives the overall development of our program during leadership meetings.

1 Inclusion & Gender Equity Advocate – A member of our Intramural Sports Leadership Team, the Inclusion & Gender Equity Advocate is a role model in and ambassador of our Intramural Sports program as a whole. They work to facilitate increased participation amongst historically marginalized individuals and groups representing a wide range of diverse social identities within McMaster's (Intramural Sports) community. The role works closely with the Program Coordinator and in partnership with all other members of the Leadership Team (Sport Supervisors, Office Manager) to achieve its goals.

23 Game Day Supervisors – Responsible for managing the operations of a sport league. Game Day Supervisors lead game staff, troubleshoot game-day challenges and report back to their Sport Supervisor at the end of each shift. A primary focus for Game Day Supervisors is supporting the development of the Game Officials under their supervision and acting as ambassadors and educators with respect to participant's positive sporting behaviour.

87 Game Officials – Game Officials are our front-line staff, responsible for bringing our program vision and values to life as they operate each of our 2,500+ annual games. Game Officials are responsible for supporting Game Day Supervisors in facility setup and takedown, control and operation of the game or match, supporting the development of their coworkers, and acting as ambassadors and educators with respect to participants' positive sporting behaviour.

Athletics and Recreation is the #1 employer of students on campus at McMaster



Department of Athletics & Recreation

The McMaster Sport Medicine Program

The McMaster Sport Medicine Program provides opportunities to McMaster students who are interested in exploring the world of sport medicine. Through three very distinct yet over lapping streams: Field, Clinical and Strength and Conditioning, students are given the opportunity to learn through practical applications supporting Marauder student-athletes, while being supervised and taught by some of the most experienced and respected clinicians in the country.

Depending on the team a SFT is assigned to, volunteer hours would range from between 10 to 30 hours per week. SFT’s covering a Varsity team would on average volunteer 300+ hours throughout their team’s season

Responsibilities of our SFTs include providing onfield medical coverage/acute injury management and to provide clinical support which includes; taping, massage, exercise prescription, modality application, education, inventory management

First Aid, CPR, AED, McMaster Health and Safety, and CCES training is mandatory for all SFTs

SFTs become respected members of the team and establish lifetime friendships with the studentathletes they support and the therapists they work alongside

Clinical Volunteer Program •

The clinic offers a volunteer program 12 months of the year. The clinic received just under 200 applications and accepted 88 student volunteers from McMaster University.

Approximately 15% of the students use the volunteer program hours, supervision and evaluation to fulfill Kinesiology 4EE3 experiential learning course requirements. Student placements are provided in the Physiotherapy, Pedorthics and Bracing disciplines.

The volunteers observe therapists and provide clinical support which includes: general clinic organization, modality application and exercise supervision.

The clinic also accepted four high school co-op student placements from the Hamilton Wentworth Separate School Board.

Additionally, the clinic provided 12 Master of Physiotherapy students with 6 week placement blocks to fulfill program requirements.

Student Field Therapy (SFT) •


70+ students were selected from a pool of well over 120

Applications were accepted from all years of study and came from a variety of programs including Kinesiology, Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Business, and Linguistics

The program provides 80+ hours of in-class instruction, including two week long training sessions, in addition to bi-weekly supplemental learning throughout the year

Programming is consistent with and compliments many of the concepts and skills provided in Kinesiology programs

Our Student Field Therapists supported 30 Marauder varsity, OUA, and club teams with over 800 studentathletes ATHLETICS & RECREATION: YEAR IN REVIEW 2018

There was also one student placement provided to the Mohawk Physiotherapy Assistant Program.

Strength & Conditioning Summer Volunteer Program

The primary care physicians and orthopaedic surgeons delivered clinical education to approximately 20 residents and 1 sport medicine fellow.

This volunteer opportunity is an 18-week hands-on experience in the field of Strength & Conditioning in a university athletic department setting. The purpose of the summer program is to educate participants in all aspects of sports performance coaching in order to better prepare them with the tools necessary for employment in increasingly competitive field of strength and conditioning.

Strength and Conditioning School Year Volunteer Program •

Each year, approximately 100 students apply and go through an interactive interview process for selection, of which 45 students are hired

Applications are accepted from all years of study including Kinesiology, Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Business, and Engineering

The program provides two multi-day training sessions and bi-weekly education seminars throughout the school year, which cover exercise prescription, modification, and long term development

The education provided contains a multi-year curriculum with the goal of providing continuous learning and challenging practical experience

Student coaches support 450 student-athletes on 13 Marauder varsity teams, over 200 high school and elementary school students, over 200 youth in the community

Responsibilities differ depending on experience and include providing technique feedback, running warmups and cooldowns, working with return to play athletes, and creating programs and yearly training plans (for upper year student coaches only)

Student coaches become respected members of the McMaster Performance team, and establish lifetime friendships with student-athletes they support and coaches they work alongside

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE: • Weekly educational seminars and tutorials administered by coaches, professors, and professionals in the field • Completing assigned projects based on weekly educational topics • Work as camp staff for The Performance Academy by Competitive Edge Development Camp • Observing camp staff for the Marauder Sport Camps • Observe team, group or individual training sessions, including but not limited to: – Athlete preparation/warm-up and recovery sessions – Athlete return to play protocols – Movement and physiological assessments – Movement and plyometric training sessions – Strength, power, and energy system development sessions • Learn how to use and gain competence with typical assessment tools including: BodPod, Force Plates, Timing Lights, Tendo Units, OptoJump etc. What truly sets our program apart is where our previous volunteers are now. We have former volunteers pursuing Masters and PhDs in Strength & Conditioning, employed with various national teams and Canadian Sport Centres, and pursuing opportunities with professional teams, private sector facilities, and NCAA Universities.



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Department News Events hosted in McMaster Athletics & Recreation facilities in 2018-19: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •


Hamilton Tiger-Cats Training Camp Hamilton Honey Badgers (CEBL) practices Saltfleet High School Rugby Tournaments Ride to Conquer Cancer Motionball Field Sports Day Youth Day for Indigenous Studies Hamilton Jr. Tiger-Cats Minor Football home games Hamilton Sparta Soccer Tournaments Hamilton United Soccer LeagueOne Women’s Team home games Hamilton Catholic School Board basketball championships Hamilton Wentworth School Board football Halton School Board Football Halton Catholic School Board Football All State Insurance TV Commercial Shoot Netflix Series “Titans” TV shoot CraveTV Series“The Handmaid’s Tale” TV shoot Ontario Player Development League Soccer Tournament Welcome Week Events Steel City Bowl Football All Star game Lincoln Prep Basketball practice and training Cheer Challenge Cheerleading Competition National Quidditch Championships First Robotics Competition Relay for Life Walk for Arthritis Multiple Track meets


In 2018-2019, McMaster became one of the host venues for several sporting events and TV shoots

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Community Outreach

Being a Marauder means striving for excellence both on and off the field. McMaster Athletes Care continues to broaden in numbers and support each year, due to great community partnerships and the generous service of our student-athletes. In its 9th year of programming, MAC remains committed to making a positive impact in the greater Hamilton community. McMaster Athletes Care provides close to 800 student-athletes with the opportunity to give back and engage in meaningful volunteer experiences while at McMaster. Student-athletes act as mentors for youth in the community, teaching them the importance of leading a healthy-active lifestyle, while also developing their teamwork, communication and leadership skills. The vision of the program is to utilize sport as tool to make a positive impact in the lives of at-risk youth, while breaking down barriers that may exist to both organized sport and post-secondary education. Through the Weekly Visit program, Kids to Campus trips as well as Kids to Camp Scholarship program, youth in the Hamilton community are provided with countless opportunities to connect with and learn from McMaster student-athletes.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS • • • • • • • • •

Boys & Girls Club Living Rock Ministries Routes Youth Centre McMaster Children`s Hospital City Kidz Hamilton CAS Halton CAS Big Brothers Big Sisters Eva Rothwell Resource Centre

CAMPUS PARTNERS • Indigenous Student Services

Program Numbers


Student-athlete volunteers


weekly visits to local community centres


youth were given the opportunity to visit and spend time on campus


full summer camp scholarships


volunteer hours



Think Pink


One of the largest fundraising events run by studentathlete each year, Think Pink is part of a national campaign to end the fight against breast cancer as well as raise awareness and funds for the cause. This year MAC chose to partner with local organization, BRIGHT, to raise funds in support for local breast cancer research. Inspired by the breast cancer patients at the Juravinski Cancer Centre (JCC), BRIGHT raises money to supports breast cancer research at JCC and the Escarpment Cancer Research Institute, a joint organization of Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University.

On March 27th Marauder student-athletes coordinated #NOGOODWAYDAY at McMaster, with the mission to end the casual use of the R-word in everyday conversation. Volunteers encouraged individuals to make a commitment via social media and at their booth to never use the R-word derogatorily again.

Program Numbers

40 $


Student-athlete volunteers


$5,000+ Funds Raised


Program Numbers

Student-athlete volunteers

400+ Signatures of support

Bell Let’s Talk


McMaster Athletics & Recreation along with Marauder teams took to social media in support of Bell Let’s Talk Day to increase awareness and help move mental health in Canada forward.

Under the leadership of the Men’s Rugby team, Movember at McMaster was a massive success! With the mission being to raise funds in support of men’s health, the rugby team set out with a goal to raise $7,000 in one month. Recruiting the men’s basketball, volleyball and football teams to join the cause, our student-athletes were able to raise a whopping $10,176 during the month of November. Student-athletes coming together in support of a great cause is one thing we truly are proud of at McMaster and look forward to seeing the Movember campaign continue to grow in years to come!

Participating Teams • • • •

Swimming Curling Cross Country Men's Basketball

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Figure Skating Field Hockey Fencing

Program Numbers

$ Youth in the Hamilton community are provided with countless opportunities to connect with and learn from McMaster student-athletes.


Varsity teams participated

$10,176 raised



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McMaster Performance

Contract with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board

• Westmount Secondary School and R.A. Riddell Elementary (30 students) visit the High Performance Area on a weekly basis

• Total of 236 students from grades 9 through 12 attended in


Mike Daly (CFL) Nick Shortill (CFL) Mike Kashak (CFL) Niki Petti (NHL) Laura Fortino (CWHL) Renata Fast (CWHL) Shea Tiley (CWHL) Victoria Bach (CWHL) Jocelyne Larocque (CWHL) Sarah Nurse (CWHL) Issac Nurse (OHL) Aaron Doornekamp (Canada Basketball)

the 2018-19 academic year

In 2018 McMaster Performance launched the P.A.T.H. program, which stands for Physical Activity and Training for Health

• Led by McMaster Performance Strength & Conditioning staff, PATH is designed to educate students on health concepts, providing an understanding as to why sport and

11 x 4th year students; 14 3rd year; 12 x 2nd year; 2 1st year students volunteered as a student coach as part of the Experiential Learning curriculum offered by McMaster Performance

• Includes 2x per year 3-day training sessions • Bi-weekly educational sessions

physical activity are important for daily life

• The program teaches students to apply concepts through practical methods to achieve life-long, healthy habits

Summer volunteer coaches

• Opportunity for domestic and international young professionals to gain experience in the strength and

Sessions are tailored to align with the Ontario government’s Health and Physical Education strand, allowing educators to choose the appropriate start level for their class

• There are 7 topics to choose from: – Nutrition

conditioning world

• Provide 18-weeks of educational seminars and hands-on practical experience working with athletes

Competitive Edge Performance Academy

• Month-long camp with approximately 90 students where

– Warm-up and recovery

they are educated about the benefits of long-term

– Speed, agility, and quickness

involvement in sport and living a healthy lifestyle

– Strength and stability – Power and plyometrics – Periodization

Partnered with RBC to provide financial literacy for students that volunteer with McMaster Performance

– Mental skills

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The David Braley Sport Medicine & Rehabilitation Centre The David Braley Sport Medicine & Rehabilitation Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that specializes in sport medicine and orthopedics. We combine extensive clinical expertise, advanced medical technology, and a compassionate, caring treatment philosophy. Our services are available to McMaster studentathletes, students, alumni, faculty, staff, and members of the greater Hamilton community.

Clinic Features • Private assessment and treatment rooms • Large, open treatment area • Large exercise area with sport specific playing surfaces • Bracing and sport medicine retail store • Saltwater Hydrotherapy pool • Fully wheelchair accessible

Professional Services

• In-house consulting physicians • Physiotherapy • Athletic therapy • Massage therapy • Chiropractic/active release therapy • Osteopathy

• Registered dietician • Custom orthotics • Custom and off-the-shelf bracing • Hydrotherapy • Viscosupplementation



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Social Media Overall highlights:

In order to achieve a consistent brand look and feel on Marauder social channels, a variety of new graphic templates were created for game day, post-game scores, playoffs, championships, and awards

Instagram January, February, and March 2018 accounted for the 3 highest like months in account history

494 Total Posts

From May 2018 through March 2018 (increase of 48%)

1,262 New Followers From 5,481 in April 2018 to 6,743 in April 2019 (increase of 19%) 23925

3 most liked posts in 2018-19 1187, 884, and 735 likes, respectively

110,667 Total Likes

1718 2412 1033


16472 13083

14121 14321



May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar



Twitter 12,400

From May 2018 through March 31, 2019


300 New Followers From 8,491 to 8,874




3.6 Million+

Over 8700 Likes!

Facebook From June 2018-March 31, 2019:


New Likes from 8,729 to 8,827

383 New Follwers from 8,491 to 8,874



Legacy Golf Tournament On Wednesday, May 23rd, McMaster Athletics and Recreation hosted the first-annual Legacy Golf Tournament in support of Marauder student-athletes. All of the proceeds from the soldout tournament help to continue to provide Athletic Financial Awards to all eligible student-athletes, recruit the best future Marauders, enhance coaching resources, increase opportunities for advanced off-season training and exhibition play, and inspire Marauder student-athletes by having a community that supports and understands their commitment and pursuit of excellence. The tournament was held at Lebovic Golf Club, which was ranked the third best new golf course in 2016 by Golf Digest. It is an 18-hole championship golf course designed by world renowned course architect, Doug Carrick. Thank you to Wolf Lebovic and the Lebovic family for their support and the opportunity to house our event at this tremendous facility.



A special thank you goes to all of our participants and tournament sponsors who helped make the day a success!


$40,000+ Funds Raised

Women’s Athletic Leadership Council & Varsity Leadership Council The Women’s Athletic Leadership Committee (W.A.L.C.) entered its second year in the 2018-19 season. The group allows current female McMaster student-athletes to further develop their leadership skills while providing them with a positive space to share their thoughts and experiences with other women in the Marauder family. The Varsity Leadership Committee (VLC) exists as a forum for varsity athletes to discuss the athletic experience at McMaster, provide feedback to McMaster Athletics & Recreation administration, and facilitate interaction between all varsity student-athletes. The committee aims to promote a positive image of McMaster studentathletes and aims to foster a student-athlete culture through team building events and support at home competitions. In this, its inaugural year, the VLC had representation from 30 U SPORTS, OUA and Club programs. The committee took on a number initiatives including joining SAMHI (Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative) and supporting both the WALC (Women’s Athletic Leadership Committee) and MAC Athletes Care.


Hosting the first Bell Let’s Talk Student-Athlete Panel where student-athletes shared their personal stories around mental health

Welcoming guest speakers including former Director of Athletics & Recreation, Therese Quigley

The creation of an Instagram account to impart their knowledge and wisdom to the group fellow Marauders (mcmaster_w.a.l.c)



Thank You to Our Valued Partners