UBC ATHLETICS & RECREATION 2013/2014 ANNUAL REPORT
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TABLE OF CONTENTS About UBC Athletics & Recreation
UBC Athletics & Recreation delivers outstanding sport and recreation experiences for students, staff, faculty, and the community at the UBC Point Grey campus. The UBC Athletics & Recreation department, which is made up of programmers, coaches, athletes, students, administrative and support staff, supports everything from physical activity and student-led sport, through to interuniversity and national competition at the highest sporting levels.
The inaugural edition of the department’s annual report provides an overview of our stories, accomplishments, and successes of the year, from April 2013 through March 2014.
2013/2014 Annual Report
Important Facts & Figures
Looking to the Future
For UBC Athletics & Recreation, 2013/2014 was a year of taking stock, consulting, and review. We are excited to be building on this year of reflection and to emerge with our new vision, mission, goals, and strategy to guide UBC Athletics & Recreation, and its partners, in building an even stronger University. To all of our stakeholders—students, staff, faculty, alumni, and local residents—thank you for your ongoing participation, engagement, feedback, and support.
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ABOUT UBC ATHLETICS & RECREATION In preparation for a bright future, UBC Athletics & Recreation is embracing a new vision, mission, goals, and strategy to guide UBC Athletics & Recreation, and its partners, in building a better University.
A healthy, active, and connected community where each person is at their personal best and proud of their UBC experience.
To engage our community in outstanding sport and recreation experiences, to enable UBC athletes to excel at the highest levels, and to inspire school spirit and personal well-being through physical activity, involvement, and fun.
To deliver on the vision, we make decisions and prioritize work that will: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Increase participation Deliver excellence on the national and world stage Build school spirit Nurture a strong sense of community Cultivate an inspired workplace where staff are at their best
Our strategy is to invest in partnerships, to leverage resources, and to align with other UBC units and organisations.
WHAT WE DO
We focus our efforts and resources on: PROGRAMS
We deliver engaging, dynamic programs for the whole of our community that increase involvement in sport and recreation and deliver performance success.
We provide unique and exciting student learning opportunities that foster personal growth, skill-building, and leadership development.
We create high quality, community building events where people can connect, have fun, and get involved with UBC, recreation, and varsity sport.
We invest in cross-campus and community partnerships that drive research and improvement in the areas of high performance sport, fitness, and well-being.
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CIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONOURS AWARDED TO THUNDERBIRD ATHLETES Coleman Allen (men’s swimming), Lisa Barclay (women’s volleyball), and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson (women’s swimming)
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NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WON Women’s cross-country, women’s field hockey, men’s soccer, and women’s swimming
LEADERSHIP AND EXCELLENCE Increasing participation and excellence on the national and world stages LEADING
As UBC Athletics & Recreation builds exceptional experiences for our community, we are also building leaders. In addition to the leadership opportunities we support for each of our student-athletes, through our unique volunteer-driven intramural program, student leaders are growing in ways that can’t be achieved in the classroom alone. Alyssa Reyes, a four-year volunteer, cites her experience last year as being, “instrumental in my development as a leader. [It] helped me to understand my ability to impact those around me.”
The Thunderbird varsity teams continue to build a winning culture. Last year, the T-Birds brought home four national championships and six conference titles. Of note among these accomplishments is the men’s soccer team, repeating as national champions. Individual accolades were also bestowed upon athletes and coaches. Nine coaches were recognized, including UBC women’s hockey head coach, Graham Thomas. Graham was honoured by Sport BC with its award for Coach of the Year for his role in guiding the UBC women’s hockey program to the greatest turnaround in CIS history. On an international stage, fifty-two of our athletes, coaches, and staff represent Canada.
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A CONNECTED COMMUNITY Making meaningful changes where we live, work, and learn UBC Athletics & Recreation is connecting students, staff, faculty, and residents of the University through our recreation programming. The introduction of programs, like our women’s-only swims, and the expansion of a free, drop-in futsal program, have begun to develop connected communities.
Last year, 23,186 students participated in our programs. New programs, like our free, introductory, adult swim lessons, helped to deliver more, and better, ways for students to be active and healthy. With the opening of new recreation spaces, like the studio in Ponderosa Commons, we were able to provide recreational programming that better engaged students, staff, faculty, and local residents.
LACE UP FOR KIDS
Lace Up for Kids is a fundraising event for BC Children’s Hospital, in support of the Rare Disease Foundation. Five years on, the event has raised over $200,000, including $50,000 raised this past year. The event goes beyond just raising funds, as students also took part in the Rare Disease Family Day and met with the families of those helped by their efforts.
SHOOT FOR THE CURE
The Thunderbirds’ women’s basketball team is helping to raise awareness and money to fight breast cancer. As a part of the cross-Canada initiative, the UBC Shoot for the Cure team, along with 44 other Canadian Interuniversity Sport basketball teams, helped to raise over $138,000.
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23,186 UNIQUE STUDENT PARTICIPANTS
40.87% OF UBC VANCOUVER STUDENTS PARTICIPATING
MILLION INVESTED IN CAPITAL PROJECTS
The investment in capital projects included the completion of the Gerald McGavin Rugby Centre and the Ponderosa Commons Studio.
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PRIDE IN YOUR UBC EXPERIENCE Igniting the University by honouring tradition and building spirit A strong community and a deep sense of tradition are integral to life at UBC. Whether it’s through iconic programs, like Storm the Wall, or sparking the passion of a new generation of UBC Thunderbird fans, inspiring school spirit and contributing to the University’s identity are core to the department’s ambition.
Looking to inspire a new fan base, the Thunderbirds committed to making homecoming a true showcase of school spirit. The two-day, three-sport endeavour was paired with an outdoor movie at Thunderbird Stadium on Friday evening.
THE GREAT THUNDERBIRD TREK
One of this year’s new traditions paid homage to the University’s historic Great Trek. Starting from the newly minted fountain at Martha Piper Plaza, Thunderbird athletes led a march past Place Vanier and Totem Park residences, picking up fans along the way. The march led fans to Thunderbird Stadium where the crowd of more than 3,500 people cheered on the Thunderbird football team.
STORM THE WALL
With its cheeky slogan of “Get Over It,” Storm the Wall inspired legions of students to scale its 12-foot walls. Now in its thirty-sixth year, the event has captured the imagination of students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Last year, the five-day event was as successful as ever, with almost 3,000 student and alumni participants. Described as the “quintessential UBC experience,” Storm the Wall has become an iconic fixture of the UBC year. 8 | UBC Athletics & Recreation
29,330 FANS ATTENDED THUNDERBIRD GAMES
YEARS OF STORM THE WALL
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UBC ACADEMIC ALL-CANADIAN ATHLETES
A distinction amongst UBC Thunderbird student-athletes who achieve an academic standing of 80%, or better, while playing on a varsity team.
$12.5 MILLION PLEDGED & DONATED Of the department’s 1,794 generous donors, 714 are University of British Columbia alumni.
COACH OF THE YEAR HONOURS
Marek Jedzrzejek (women’s crosscountry), Hash Kanjee (women’s field hockey), Terry McKaig (baseball), Mike Mosher (men’s soccer), Mike Pearce (men’s rowing), Craig Pond (women’s rowing), Steve Price (women’s swimming), Graham Thomas (women’s hockey).
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698 STUDENTSTAFF & VOLUNTEERS Through our opportunities as team trainers, league and event administrators, and facility operations, Athletics & Recreation is one of UBCâ€™s largest student employers.
STUDENT LEARNING EXPERIENCES The opportunities for enhanced student learning include: 36 team trainers; 145 volunteer administrators of intramural leagues and events; 571 Thunderbird student-athletes; and 215 work-learn positions responsible for facility supervision, game day experiences, and kinesiology co-op placements.
CIS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
This year, UBC won 3 Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships, bringing its total titles to 90 and solidifying its place as the winningest athletics program in Canada.
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2,920 STORM THE WALL PARTICIPANTS 951 more than last year, a 48% increase
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COMMUNITY EVENTS HOSTED Through its venues, UBC Athletics & Recreation hosts concerts and sporting events, including Canada’s historic quarterfinal win over Italy in the 2013 Davis Cup.
THUNDERBIRD STUDENTATHLETES The 571 Thunderbird athletes represent 29 different teams and are supported by 76 coaches.
$50,491 RAISED THROUGH LACE UP FOR KIDS In 5 years, over $200,000 has been raised to benefit BC Children’s Hospital.
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FINANCIAL OVERVIEW Year ending March 31, 2014 Revenue: Sales, services, & rentals
Sales, services, & rentals
Expenses: Salaries & benefits
Repairs & maintenance
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Salaries & benefits
Repairs & maintenance
The UBC Athletics & Recreation budget reflects our financial investment in high-performance sport, fitness, and wellbeing. Over the past ten years, UBC, the government, UBC Properties Trust, and our supporters have invested over $124 million into sports facilities with Athletics & Recreation contributing $38 million of those funds. UBC Athletics & Recreation develops and effectively manages a fiscally responsible budget. Sales, services, and rentals from our facilitiesâ€™ operations are the largest source of revenue for the department. After all related expenses are factored in, they provide positive funding in support of our outstanding sport and recreation experiences. Significant funding also comes from studentsâ€™ annual Athletics & Recreation Fee. This enables an exceptional university sports and recreation experience, as well as allowing Thunderbird varsity teams to pursue winning excellence. Supporter donations, sponsorships, community, and UBC funding comprise the remainder of all other funding sources. At the end of the year, UBC Athletics & Recreation moved from being a strictly self-supporting, ancillary business, to a UBC core unit which will better enable the university to provide additional funding support. This will include added varsity funding to boost team success and achieve excellence on the national and international stages. Attracting and retaining high quality programmers, coaches, administrative and support staff accounts for the largest percentage of our annual expenditure. UBC Athletics & Recreation also provides significant travel and scholarship support to allow Thunderbird varsity teams to compete and excel. Expenditures for operations, facility maintenance, utilities, debt service, and capital improvements form the remainder of our annual expenditures, allowing us to operate top-class facilities and deliver exceptional sport and recreation opportunities. More investments are planned in the next two years, including a new aquatic centre, a national soccer development centre, and an indoor baseball training facility. The university is also working with the community to build more support for scholarships and find new sources of revenue to sustain longterm team excellence.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE LOOKING TO THE FUTURE The year ahead and beyond With its refreshed vision and mission, UBC Athletics & Recreation is looking to the future with clear goals. We invite you to consider the path ahead, provide us with regular feedback (www.athleticsandrecreation.ubc.ca), and to partner with us. Together we can deliver an active, healthy, and connected community, where each person is at their best and proud of their UBC experience.
KEY PROJECTS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD • • • • •
Deliver exciting festival events around Homecoming (September 12-13) and Storm the Wall (March 22-26) Examine the use of the Thunderbird brand in consultation with our community project Develop a five-year plan for the department, individual units, and each of our varsity teams Develop the organizational structure to support our new vision and strategies Explore new ways of working. In particular, a new general manager for football, hybrid/partnership funded model with men’s hockey, and a fresh look at our performance camps for women’s volleyball
OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED If you would like to be a part of the UBC Athletic & Recreation future planning, there are a number of forums for your involvement: • • • •
University Sport & Recreation Council (AMS, GSS, Recreation, Thunderbird Athlete’s Council) Thunderbird Athlete Council (comprised of representatives from each of the varsity teams) Thunderbird Alumni Council (comprised of alumni representatives from each of the varsity teams) Recreational Programming Advisory Committee (UBC Students, Staff/Faculty and the UNA)
As UBC Athletics & Recreation embarks on its next chapter, we value your thoughts and would like to hear from you. Please visit us at www.athleticsandrecreation.ubc.ca to get in touch. UBC Athletics & Recreation | 15
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Published on Jul 30, 2014
The UBC Athletics & Recreation 2013/2014 Annual Report includes updates to our mission, vision, goals, and strategy as well as highlighting...