Pursuit - Fall 2014

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Fall 2014 / Vol. 17, No. 2

University of Toronto

Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education

DREAM REALIZED. The Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport is Here

Order of canada Dr. Roy Shephard recieves prestigious honour

Youth Sport and Parenting Research explores ways to give kids a better sport experience

Mind Matters Symposium Experts discuss the complicated nature of concussion

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Awards and research news

Faculty Notes


Fall Highlights

Blues News


Fit Tips


Discover Goldring

Douglas Rosa weighs in

Our much anticipated facility is here


Donor Spotlight


Alumni Updates


Time Out

Making Goldring possible

KPE grad finds new role

Blues play 1000th football game

COVER/ Sawyer Wang and Joel Jackson Renderings Patkau Architects Inc. and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

Dean's Message The best is yet to come

Welcome to the 2014/15 academic year – a year that will be one of the most significant and exciting in the Faculty’s history. Over the summer, faculty and staff worked hard to fine-tune our programs and infrastructure to ensure that our students have the best possible university experience.

We also extend our gratitude to the Government of Ontario, the Goldrings, Kimels and Stollerys who made this building possible through their generous donations (see page 30), and the hundreds of others who supported the construction of this facility.

The Faculty is now implementing its 2013-2018 Academic Plan, which illustrates a shared understanding of our desired future state. 2014-15 priorities are underway and it is exciting to see our vision starting to come to fruition. One of our strategic goals is to increase our physical capacity to deliver programs. We are well on our way to achieving this.

Our capacity for intramural and inter-university sports is also increasing with the conversion of the Back Campus fields to synthetic-turf, multi-sport playing spaces. Next summer, those fields will be an important part of the University of Toronto’s engagement in the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. We will host both competition and training activities in our facilities – an opportunity for everyone on campus to be part of this international sporting event.

Recently, we celebrated the opening of the much-anticipated Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport – an architectural wonder in which to learn, discover, compete, get fit and have fun. In this issue of Pursuit, you will read about what makes the building unique (see page 20). We share stories and photos of the opening celebrations – a sneak peek event for students, faculty, staff and community members, and the official ribbon cutting and reception hosted by university President Meric Gertler.



This is a wonderful time to be a student, faculty or staff member at U of T. I am excited about the memorable experiences this new academic year has in store and look forward to sharing them with you. Ira Jacobs, Dean

Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education

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Catching some air: Fourth-year history and philosophy major McCair Tulloch tried out the new Kimel Family Field House at the Sneak Peek event on October 7. To read more about opening events at the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, visit page 32.

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Faculty Notes

Revealing Rio the other side of the World Cup When Amanda De Lisio began her graduate studies in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at U of T, she had no idea that she’d be flying to Brazil to chat with sex workers on the streets of Rio at three in the morning. But often, it’s the most unexpected journey that becomes the most rewarding. De Lisio came to U of T to research the effects of mega-events on their host communities. Her goal was to investigate the discourse surrounding these events, and how the economy and population were affected. What she found, however, was a lot of corporate-speak. “I started to get less interested in what planners had to say because it seemed very disingenuous,” she says. “Just the same rhetoric I would have been able to read off a city councillor’s website.” And while she did find plenty of evidence of an entrepreneurial spirit surrounding these large-scale sporting events, it was mostly attributed to established businessmen. In other words, there were very clear winners and losers – the losers being those in the lower-income sector of the community. That’s when her focus changed to what De Lisio refers to as the “informal economy”. If formal businesses thought they could thrive during a mega-event, did that suggest the underground economy would do the same?



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Knowing that Brazil was a hot spot for mega-events, De Lisio presented at a conference that was being held in Rio de Janiero around the time of the 2014 World Cup. Her focus on the informal economy – sex work in particular – attracted some attention.

In addition to examining the relationship between informal economies and the sport megaevent, De Lisio is also interested in maintaining a commitment to the broader human rights issues associated with this research.

So, with funding from the MITACS Globalink travel grant, De Lisio flew down to Brazil to dive deeper into the informal economy on the streets of Rio.

“Sex is such a minor part of the job,” she says. “As much as people might consider this work repugnant, I’ve learned so much about being empathetic, compassionate and tolerant of another human being.”

“I started to collaborate with an anthropologist in Brazil, Thaddeus Blanchette, who’s very well known for his work on sex work in Rio de Janeiro,” she says. With the World Cup on the horizon, Blanchette and his colleagues were very interested in De Lisio’s previous research on mega-events and offered invaluable insight on the sex trade in return.

to take Portuguese lessons and keeping up with the friendships she made while in Rio. She hopes that this research will help to tell the stories that are often excluded from urban redevelopment schemes and mega-event planning. “That’s just the reality of doing this type of work,” she says. “How do you have a connection with someone, use their story as part of your dissertation and then just walk away?” – Sarah Ryeland

It’s the drive to learn more that’s fuelling the rest of De Lisio’s research. While she helps to analyze the data she collected with Blanchette’s research team, she’s continuing

De Lisio, together with the research team Blanchette assembled, frequented tourist areas like Copacabana and Ipanema that were teeming with those looking for – and selling – sex. But was business booming? Good question. With many of the formal businesses in the downtown sector temporarily closing during the World Cup, women from that area of Rio migrated to the tourist areas, meaning competition was fierce and work was confined to a more concentrated area. The general consensus was that the World Cup was no Carnival.

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Stress relief

improving the youth sport experience

Professor Katherine Tamminen’s goal is clear: help all children enjoy their sport experiences. Now, with the help of two new funding grants, she’s well on her way. Inspiration for Tamminen came a few years ago while she was working as a sports psychology consultant at a hockey academy. While hosting a session for the young athletes, discussing what made them feel happy and what caused them stress, one boy’s response made her take pause. He had written: one of the things that is the most stressful for me is the car ride home. “It really struck a chord with me. He just wanted to play hockey and that car ride home after the game was such a negative experience. It wasn’t the sport that was hard for him – it was dealing with the repercussions,” says Tamminen. “I really want to make that situation better.”

IN THE NEWS It has been a terrific six months in the news, with faculty members and programs profiled in more than 50 articles, at national and international levels. Below we share some of the highlights. Toronto Star, September 2, 2014 Back to school: MoveU reminds post-secondary students to exercise wherever they are Michelle Brownrigg, director of physical activity and equity discusses the role exercise plays in the university experience.



Globe and Mail, August 31, 2014 Taking physical-education class beyond the gym Professor Caroline Fusco explains how institutional support can help kids have healthier, active lives.

CBC, August 29, 2014 Don’t over engineer kids’ spontaneous play, children’s organizations say Camp U of T offers opportunities for children to develop a healthy, active lifestyle.

CBC, August 4, 2014 Ultra-endurance sport training can hurt your heart health Professor Jack Goodman discusses the adverse effects extreme sport can have on the heart. PHOTO/ ARNOLD LAN


Thanks to funding from both the U of T Connaught Fund and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Tamminen now has two major projects on the go that will help children improve their sports experiences.

finding out what works well for families and using this information to create what could be called a best-practices toolbox to help parents and children communicate more effectively with one another.

The Connaught-funded project focuses on a two-pronged, parent-and-child intervention to help young athletes better cope with stress. Separate focus groups will initially be held for parents and young athletes so that they can voice their feelings, both positive and negative. From there, Tamminen and her team will develop and test interventions based on the feedback from these interviews to help improve the sport experience.

“It’s not just about saying ‘parents you need to do this better’ or ‘athletes you need to do this better’,” says Tamminen. “It’s about working together and improving that relationship.”

“Some of the past research that’s been published on parents in sport suggests that parents don’t know what to say in those moments, or don’t know what’s going to be interpreted well – or not so well – by their child,” says Tamminen. “So parents require assistance to improve the efficacy of those interventions.”

In a complementary study funded by SSHRC, Tamminen is working with Respect Group, Inc. to study the Respect in Sport Parent Program, a project that promotes positive relationships in youth sport, with an aim to reduce bullying and aggression.

Which is where her research comes in. A critical part of these focus groups is

Once those best practices have been identified, Tamminen’s next step will be to host interventions with parents and young athletes to help them enrich the sports experience through effective communication.

While the Respect in Sport Parent Program is currently being implemented within the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA), with

mandatory participation from the parents of these athletes, Tamminen’s research will involve a broader audience with online surveys open to parents and young athletes from any sport. In-person interviews and a review of the policies and procedures of youth sport organizations will also take place, thanks to co-investigators Gretchen Kerr and Peter Donnelly. And while both projects are a lot to tackle, Tamminen knows that it’s all for a good cause. “We do get a lot of people who are doing things well and we want to learn from that and communicate it to others. Parents generally want what’s best for their child. Sometimes they just aren’t aware of how their messages are coming across.” – SR For more information about the Respect in Sport Parent Program, visit http://respectinsport.com/parent-program To learn more about Professor Tamminen’s hockey study, visit https://www.research.net/s/HockeyStudy

CTV, July 11, 2014

Al Jazeera, June 29, 2014

4 ways to fight the ‘sitting disease’ at work How do you incorporate activity into your day if you have a desk job? Professor Greg Wells provides handy tips.

Syrian refugees find normalcy in football Professors Peter Donnelly and Simon Darnell discuss the effect of organized sport on children across the world.

New York Times, May 18, 2014

"Sport-based programs provide an opportunity to reach populations that could otherwise be hard to reach… Maybe we don't need soccer to solve the world's problems. Maybe we just need to have opportunities for kids, or for anybody, to play."

Bringing student athletes back from concussions Professor Michael Hutchison teams up with a Toronto school to help students recover from concussion.

— Simon Darnell Full articles are available at www.physical.utoronto.ca/In_the_News.aspx PURSUIT | FALL 2014



Dr. Roy Shephard

invested into the Order of Canada On September 24, Dr. Roy Shephard, professor emeritus of applied physiology at the University of Toronto, was invested into the Order of Canada in a private ceremony in Squamish, B.C.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. From 1964-1985, Shephard was Director of the Graduate Program in Exercise Sciences. In 1979, he began his 12-year term as Director of the University of Toronto’s School of Physical and Health Education.

Known as a trailblazer in the field of physiology and exercise sciences, Shephard inspired legions of students and faculty over his 34-year career at U of T and continues to be one of the most respected voices in the field.

“Dr. Shephard mentored and inspired many who have gone on to national and international research and academic leadership positions, including a number of individuals who are leading our faculty today,” says Ira Jacobs, Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. “He is an amazingly eclectic, creative and productive trailblazer in our field with an ability second-to-none to identify the potential for knowledge from diverse fields to be integrated to advance exercise sciences, and then to effectively communicate that integration. The Order of Canada is an incredible honour and Dr. Shephard is most deserving of this prestigious award.”

Thanks to former colleague Art Salmon and those who quietly assisted with the nomination, Shephard had no idea he had been nominated for the Order of Canada – let alone appointed – until he checked the mail one day last spring. And while the honour seemed natural and well-deserved to his family, friends and colleagues, Shephard admits that to him, the announcement came as a bit of a shock. “It was a great surprise and I was certainly very honoured,” he says.

Now living in Brackendale, B.C., Shephard continues to break new ground in the field.

Shephard began his work at U of T in 1964, having been hired “I’m still writing,” he says. “This summer I completed two to work in one of three Canadian labs created after Bill-C131 books – one on the history of physical activity and health, (designed to promote high performance sport and participation and one of the effects of Ramadan on athletes. They’ll be published sometime in the next year, I imagine.” in sport and physical activity) was passed in the House of Commons. Originally appointed to Applied Physiology in the In the meantime – and in between research studies – School of Physical and Health Education and Department of Shephard will continue to tend to his thriving garden, enjoy Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine), Shephard’s work eventually led to the creation of Canada’s first his daily 5-km walks and spend time with his family who helped him celebrate his Order of Canada appointment with doctoral program in exercise physiology. a party in July.



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Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Judith Guichon stands with Dr. Roy Shephard and his wife Muriel, daughter Rachel and the mayor of Squamish, Rob Kirkham.


Although he was unable to travel to Ottawa to receive his award, the party and ceremony near his home were incredibly meaningful to Shephard. “Obviously there’s a certain cachet to meeting the Governor General in Ottawa,” he says, “but in a way, it’s much nicer to have the ceremony in your own town where you can share the excitement with your friends.” Shephard is quick to thank Art Salmon, too. “Certainly I would like to thank him for his generosity in nominating me because really he did the bulk of the work on which they based the award. He’s a very modest and retiring person. He did a lot behind the scenes, particularly with the big conferences we had.” What it all comes down to, however, is Shephard’s undeniable contribution to the field. “Roy Shephard is a luminary in the realm of exercise science,” says the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. “Through his extensive research, he has helped further our understanding of the need for physical activity, particularly for those living with chronic disease and disability. His work is manifest in government health and amateur sport policies, as well as in the establishment of clinical exercise rehabilitation programs across Canada.” – SR For more information about the Order of Canada, visit www.gg.ca/honours.

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In September, Dean Ira Jacobs and 14 others were honoured at a ceremony in Texas

Dean Jacobs

receives top honour In September, Professor Ira Jacobs, dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, was inducted into the US National Academy of Kinesiology. Recognized at a special banquet and ceremony, Jacobs joined 14 other outstanding scholars who were named Fellows of the Academy at its 84th annual meeting in Austin, Texas. “Being named a Fellow of the US Academy is an incredible honour. To be included among those who have made important contributions to kinesiology academic and scientific disciplines is very motivating and gratifying,” says Jacobs. “Our faculty has been recognized in previous years with Professors Peter Donnelly, Bruce Kidd and Margaret MacNeill all being named as Fellows and I’m proud to join them. I thank the Academy for this recognition.” The US National Academy of Kinesiology is an organization that promotes the study and application of the art and science of human movement. Composed of highly-respected researchers and kinesiologists who have made significant contributions to the field through scholarship and professional service, the Academy’s Fellows reflect a “who’s who” of eminent scholars in the field. – SR For more information on the US National Academy of Kinesiology, visit www.nationalacademyofkinesiology.org




Mind Matters symposium

From concussion to recovery


KPE faculty member and clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Paul Comper, went on to explain how the complexities of brain injuries make it difficult to take a uniform, “one-size-fits-all” approach to treatment and recovery.

On May 27, the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education hosted its seventh public research symposium, Mind Matters: From concussion to recovery. The discussion brought a panel of experts to U of T’s Isabel Bader Theatre to discuss the physiology, treatment, psychological effects and professional policy surrounding concussions in sport.

“When dealing with concussion, you must factor in science, medicine and politics into decision-making,” said Fehr. “My job is to make the players aware of everything they need to know in order for them to make the best possible decisions about their health.”

Over 350 guests attended the public event, hosted by Dan Berlin of TSN radio’s Inside the Lines, and the discussion served as a platform for U of T researchers to present the latest findings on traumatic brain injury and recovery.

“The term concussion is an umbrella that covers multiple slightly different injuries,” he said. “And different injuries beg for different treatments.” Richards went on to define the injury, and explained why no two concussions are alike.

Don Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA), delivered a keynote address about the importance of education as one of the most critical tools for professional athletes. He shared that the NHLPA holds regular workshops for players led by health-care professionals, the goal of which is to raise awareness about the signs, symptoms, and treatment options available.

Professor Michael Hutchison addressed “We need to stop hitting our heads,” said Richards. “The ‘cure’ for concussions is the question of whether exercise should not in sight, so we need to take steps to be considered as part of treatment following a concussion. While prevent them.” –Adrienne Harry traditional treatments have emphasized rest and abstaining from physical activity until symptoms subside, Hutchison’s research has found that Pictured left to right: Don Fehr, Lynda structured exercise early in the recovery Mainwaring, Doug Richards process may actually improve outcomes.


Professor Doug Richards discussed the physiology of concussion.

Professor Lynda Mainwaring concluded the formal presentations with a discussion of the often-overlooked emotional consequences of concussion. As the evening wrapped up, the importance of individualized treatment plans was clear, as was the need for sport culture to continue to evolve so that concussion avoidance is viewed as a top priority for players and caregivers alike.

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Research Highlights From May 2014 to October 2014, the Faculty has been awarded more than $1.5M in research funding for a range of initiatives. Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos has been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for her project: “Exploring the acceptability of inclusive recreational sports programs for children with physical disabilities”. She has also received a Connaught New Researcher Award for her project: “Igniting fitness possibilities: A pilot study to develop and test the feasibility of a community-based inclusive physical activity program for youth”.

Postdoctoral fellow Laura Banks has been awarded a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship for her project: “Cardiac consequences of excessive exercise”. Guy Faulkner has been awarded a CIHR Applied Public Health Chair for his project: “Active Canada 20/20: Evaluating a population approach to reducing physical activity in Canada” and a Green Communities Canada Operating Grant for his project: “A cost-benefit of school travel planning in Ontario”.

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Gretchen Kerr has been awarded a Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario research contract for her project: “Providing high-quality work integrated learning opportunities in Ontario colleges and universities: Toolkit development and evaluation”. Katherine Tamminen has been awarded a SSHRC Partnership Grant for her project: “Potential for change? Exploring the culture of youth hockey”, a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for her project: “Exploring communal coping and collective emotions in team sports”, and a Connaught New Researcher Award for her project: “Testing a parentchild coping intervention for adolescent athletes”.

Postdoctoral fellow Linda Trinh has been awarded a Kidney Cancer Research Network of Canada Trainee Award for her project: “Development and assessment of a physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidebook for kidney cancer survivors”.

Student research awards: PhD student Amanda De Lisio, supervised by Caroline Fusco, has been awarded a MITACS Globalink Travel Grant for her project: “Economies of deviance: Sex work and the sport mega-event”. MSc student Lindsay Musalem, supervised by Tyson Beach, has been awarded a Canadian Sport Institute Ontario Internship for her project: “Uncovering differences between novice and elite sprinters via novel biomechanical analyses of sprint starts”. PhD student Gillian White, supervised by Greg Wells, has been awarded a College of Massage Therapists of Ontario Research Grant for her project: “The effect of massage therapy on inflammatory mediators in skeletal muscle employed at rest and following high-intensity intermittent sprint exercise”. MSc student Lauren White, supervised by Guy Faulkner, has been awarded a MITACS Accelerate Internship, jointly funded by ParticipACTION, for her project: “Evaluation of national physical activity initiatives”. –Jeremy Knight PURSUIT | FALL 2014


“ if you can play my sport, we’re on the same team” Athlete Ally is a student-driven equity initiative, supported and promoted by the Varsity Board. It is dedicated to raising awareness and advancing the culture of sport that fosters inclusion on our fields, courts, ice and pool; in our locker rooms; and in our stands.



Playing to win

the busiest guy in intramural sport

Take a look at Peter Nash’s schedule and you’ll be amazed that any one person can tackle such a jam-packed day. From class to practice, coaching to multiple part-time jobs, Nash is one busy guy. And that’s just the way he likes it. “My agenda has a lot of writing in it,” he laughs. Now, as he finishes up his fifth year of a concurrent teaching degree, takes on the role of Sports Rep at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and coaches the tri-campus intramural volleyball team, Nash is encouraging his classmates to get in on the sports action he loves. Nash discovered intramural sport in his first year at U of T through the Victoria College Athletics Association. He started with volleyball and by third year, was playing a variety of intramural sports in addition to being on the varsity track and baseball teams. But it wasn’t until his fourth year that Nash decided to put his experience to work by recruiting others. “I became the sports rep for the music faculty and I helped expand our advocacy for intramurals,” he says. “We got a lot more members, had a couple more teams and we just ran a bit of a tighter ship to try and develop programs a bit more.” And as the programs evolved, so did he. In addition to playing flag football, men’s and co-ed volleyball, basketball, soccer, hockey and Ultimate Frisbee, Nash began educating

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his fellow students on the value of being involved in intramurals. “I think it provides a great outlet for students who, coming to university, might have to leave high school sports behind,” he says. “It’s a great small-time commitment because there is no quota you have to meet for games. It’s really accessible and flexible and we offer so many sports.” Not everyone plays as much as Peter does, but it’s that join-in mentality that inspires those around him. “The more involved you get, the more experiences you get, and the more you develop as a person,” he says. “Your academics are one thing, but what about yourself? You’re developing this content in your subject, but what are you developing for yourself? Getting involved… is what university is about.” Nash has definitely got that covered and he doesn’t plan to slow down any time soon. As a residence don at Victoria College, a tri-campus coach and a Navy Reservist, he’s exploring every opportunity available to him. It might sound stressful, but you can guess how he blows off steam: with a quick game of volleyball (or hockey, or soccer, or baseball, or football...) –SR Do you have a favourite intramural story? Send your memories to comm.kpe@utoronto.ca



Blues News

FALL HIGHLIGHTS For the first time since 2011, the Blues men’s soccer team has advanced to the OUA Final Four. Second-year midfielder Nirun Sivananthan scored the lone goal as the Blues defeated the Queen’s Gaels 1-0 in the OUA quarterfinals on October 26. With the win, the Blues advanced to the final four weekend, November 1-2, to face the York Lions, top seed in the West, in the semifinals. —AH Nirun Sivananthan





Field Hockey

Women’s volleyball teams from across the country will have the opportunity to play at the new Kimel Family Field House in February, when University of Toronto hosts the 2015 CIS women’s volleyball championship. A win would mark the team’s first-ever national championship title.

U of T hosted the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) field hockey championships at Back Campus on October 30 – November 2. The Blues headed into the championship with a perfect record of 12-0-0, after reclaiming the provincial title from the Guelph Gryphons on October 26. CIS championship results were not available at press time. — AH

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INTERNATIONAL ACCOLADES Badminton Former University of Toronto Varsity Blues badminton player Michelle Li struck gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in August. It was Canada’s first ever women’s singles gold medal in badminton at the Games. Li upset the top seed from India in the semifinals, before winning in straight sets versus Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland to take the top spot. While at U of T, Li was named a co-recipient of the OUA most valuable player award in leading the Blues to the 2013 provincial title. The OUA all-star dominated the women’s singles event and also paired with teammate Grace Gao to take the women’s doubles gold. Li represented Toronto at the Canadian university championship, where she earned the women’s singles and doubles titles, as well as silver in the mixed doubles category.

Track and Field Also in August, University of Toronto Varsity Blues track and field athletes Greg MacNeill and James Turner won four medals between them when they represented Canada at the 2014 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) under-23 championship in Kamloops, B.C.

Turner won the men’s decathlon event, topping the field in the long jump, javelin, 100m, 400m, pole vault, javelin and 1500m events. He finished with a championship recordbreaking 7536 points. MacNeill earned a bronze medal in the men’s 110m hurdles event, while also earning a bronze and silver in the 4x100m and 4x400m relay events, respectively. — Varsity Blues Athletics

Personal best The Varsity Blues football team played its 1000th game in program history in Ottawa on October 4. It was a particularly historic game for fourth-year quarterback Simon Nassar, who set a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) single-game record with 49 pass completions. — AH Read about some of their milestones in program history in our Time Out section on page 44.

PHOTOs/ Timothy Ng (Top), Martin Bazyl (Lower)




PROVINCIAL RECOGNITION Golf The Blues women’s golf team claimed its third consecutive provincial title at the 2014 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships on October 21. The team finished 23 strokes ahead of the Waterloo Warriors with a total score of 461. Third-year golfer Sarah Dunning also claimed individual gold, earning the Judy McCrae trophy after shooting a two-day score of 149 at the championship. “I’m so excited,” says Dunning. “It’s a long time coming. We worked really hard as a team this year and I think we really deserve it. Our goal was to win and it was great to achieve it.” Rookie golfer Ana Peric tied with Western’s Jessie Mercer for the individual silver medal and, along with Dunning, was named OUA all-star for her efforts. Blues head coach Dave Woods earned OUA women’s coach of the year. — VBA

Mountain Biking Fourth-year mountain biker Kael Deverell was named women’s overall sport division champion after winning her fourth consecutive gold medal at the 2014 Ontario University Cup on October 5.

Cross Country Second-year runner Gabriella Stafford earned the individual silver medal at the 2014 OUA cross country championships on October 25. Stafford crossed the finish line with a time of 20:03.22.



PHOTOs/ Martin Bazyl (Top), Patrick Hennessy (Lower Right)


Field Hockey Fourth-year midfielder Amanda Woodcroft was named 2014 OUA and CIS player of the year. Woodcroft, along with her teammates Alex Thicke and Alison Lee, were also named OUA all-stars and CIS all-Canadians this season. Field hockey head coach John DeSouza was named both OUA and CIS coach of the year for the second time in his career at U of T. On October 26, the Blues claimed the provincial title after defeating the Guelph Gryphons 3-0 at the 2014 OUA field hockey championship.

Tennis The Blues women’s tennis team earned bronze at the 2014 OUA tennis championships on October 26. Steffi Wong led the Blues with a second-place finish in the number one singles competition, and was named an OUA all-star for the third consecutive season. Jenny Cape also placed second in the number two flight, before teaming up with Wong to defeat York University in the doubles competition. Their teammate, Antonina Gorshenina also earned a second place finish in the number three singles competition. — AH

UPCOMING ACTION U of T will host its eighth annual Think Pink #Bleedblue Week in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation January 25 – 31, 2015. The campaign kicked off early on October 18 with members of the field hockey team cutting their hair before the team’s match on Back Campus, and a football game at Varsity Stadium. January’s Think Pink events will include women’s hockey, basketball and volleyball games, as well as a Zumba class and skating event for the entire community. To learn how to get involved, and for a full list of programming, visit www.varsityblues.ca — AH

PHOTOs/ Martin Bazyl



FIT TIPS Personal approach with trainer Douglas Rosa By Adrienne Harry



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There is a timeworn adage that says “find something you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life”. Personal Training and Nutrition Coordinator, Douglas Rosa, has found a way to turn his childhood love for soccer into an education, and ultimately, a career. Douglas shares how his passion for play recently earned him an Award of Excellence from the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and offers some quick tips on how to stay fit.

Pursuit: How long have you been playing sports?

P: Describe your personal fitness routine?

Douglas Rosa: I’ve been playing soccer for as long as

D R: I do weight training four to five times a week and interval training for five to ten minutes each time. All of my workouts are forty-five minutes to an hour, maximum. A good workout shouldn’t last more than an hour.

I can remember! As soon as I learned to walk, I started kicking a ball around. In El Salvador, I played competitively with my school and continued playing when I moved to Canada. I played on my high school team, alternated between intramurals and tri-campus in university, and still play soccer on Sundays with a recreational league.

I like to work out both inside and outside of the gym. At the strength and conditioning centre, I like to do free weights, squats, dead lifts and shoulder presses. I also have a dog that P: How was it that you decided to pursue a career in Personal I take out for a walk or a run each morning, and I play soccer Training and Nutrition? What interested you about this field? every Sunday. There are so many things you can do to get active and stay healthy. The key is to try a variety of activities and D R: I’ve always been passionate about exercise. I earned figure out what you like so that you stick with it! my Bachelor of Physical Education and Health here at the Faculty. In my first year, I decided to become a personal P: How does nutrition play a role in overall wellness? trainer as a way to put the theory I was learning into practice. I really enjoyed it, so when an opportunity to D R: Nutrition is key to health and wellness. It took me a work with the Faculty came up I jumped at it. while to discover this. When I was in school, I thought that if you exercised you could eat anything you wanted. Wrong! My current portfolio focuses on one-on-one training. I eventually learned that good nutrition is 60 to 70% of the My main objective is to educate members – to give them equation when it comes to living healthily. One hour of guidance when it comes to exercise and nutrition, so that exercise per day is not enough to offset eating poorly and they can establish a good foundation and knowledge that sitting around for the other 23 hours of the day. they can take anywhere. P: What is your personal approach to nutrition?

P: What advantages are there to working with a personal trainer versus implementing a fitness plan on your own? D R: That’s a great question. Nowadays, there is so much information available about exercise and nutrition that a strength has become a weakness – it can be hard to know which information is good information and too much information can be overwhelming. Sometimes my clients aren’t sure how to apply all that they have read. Having a trainer helps individuals identify and focus on their personal goals and the exercises that are right for their goals, their ability and their lifestyle. Getting the right guidance from the beginning saves a lot of time, helps individuals maximize the benefits of their workouts, and can help to keep them safe from unnecessary injuries.

D R: At every meal I try to incorporate vegetables, protein, healthy fats and good carbohydrates. I also eat my meals slowly. When I was younger, I would wolf down my meals, but now I take the time to slow down and enjoy my food, free of distractions—no reading or looking at screens. I advise my clients to do the same. Research shows that it takes time for your hormones to signal to your brain that you’re full. If you eat too quickly, or don’t pay attention to what you are eating, you risk eating more than you need because your brain hasn’t yet received the message that you’ve had enough. Taking the time to focus on and enjoy what you’re eating also reduces cravings. P: Will you share with us a fitness and nutrition tip that anyone can follow? D R: Consistency is very important. Make exercising and eating healthy long-term commitments. However big or small, make your habits something you can incorporate into your daily life. Find exercises that you like to do and foods that you like to eat and make sure that every so often you try something new, to keep things fun! PURSUIT | FALL 2014


A new View The Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport is Changing the face of sport and physical activity. The Wait is over. By Elaine Smith



Renderings courtesy Patkau Architects Inc. and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

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As the new academic year roars into high gear, so too does a new era in sport and physical activity at the university; the new Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport has opened its doors. In the facility that is being hailed as Toronto’s newest landmark, training and competition go hand in hand with recreational fitness, research and teaching. While these activities may sound fairly standard for the University of Toronto, there is nothing standard about the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.



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Its steel truss and glass walls rising from beneath street level on Devonshire Place are impressive. The view from the main level atrium down to the field house below leaves you in awe and wanting to join the community that will call this building home; University of Toronto students, high performance and intramural athletes, faculty, staff and sports fans alike. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill university building, and its design is the first clue to its uniqueness.

Design excellence Shane O’Neill is the project architect for Patkau Associates, who designed this unusual building in close collaboration with MJM Architects in Toronto. “This is a gateway to the university, and it’s right across from the Varsity Field. It was important that the building take its cues from its neighbour,” he says. “Some innovative [design] moves were required to make this building work.” O’Neill’s first challenge was the site on the west side of Devonshire Place. Fitting a competition-grade basketball court and two practice courts onto the lot in traditional fashion made the building too large for the zoning setback, says O’Neill, until he realized that he could move the courts below street level and still meet the zoning requirements. The result is a field house located two storeys below ground, with clerestory windows high along its upper walls at the street level, allowing pedestrians to walk up to the glass and watch athletes immersed in the action below. Placing the field house at the base of the building created another challenge: how to support the three floors above, since it was impractical to clutter the competition grade volleyball and basketball courts with weight-bearing support columns. Brilliantly, O’Neill and his team created a steel truss superstructure from which the three upper floors of the building are suspended… like a bridge. “It’s not an unusual way to make a bridge,” O’Neill says, “but it’s an unusual way to make a building.” The east side of the second and third floors houses the strength and conditioning centre – home to circuit training machines, free weights, stationary bikes, treadmills, elliptical trainers, rowing machines and new Versa Climbers. Four tiers of equipment look out toward Varsity Stadium and the stands opposite. The tiers mirror the stadium seating and create what O’Neill calls “one large city room.” The building’s supporting truss also allows for a window glazing system that doesn’t require metal frames; instead, steel cables support the glass, creating a large, transparent wall. “It will be a great place to watch a game,” says O’Neill, “and anyone on the track can look up and see people exercising.” The top floor of the building houses research space and the David L. McIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic, so O’Neill placed the windows there behind a metal veil. “The veil provides screening from the sun and privacy, but those inside still have a view of the activity at Varsity Stadium,” he says. In building the Goldring Centre, necessity truly was the mother of invention. The creative solutions to challenges posed by the space limitations of an urban university campus “enriched and added to making a more spectacular building than we might have had on a site with fewer constraints,.” says O'Neill.



High-tech solutions The technology in the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport holds its own against the impressive design of the building. Paul Morrison, director of information technology for the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, lists some of the building’s outstanding features: a massive scoreboard, an LED ribbon display with 143,000 pixels, an event operations control room and video capability in team rooms and coaches’ offices. “The technology is a big investment on the part of the Faculty,” says Morrison, excitement evident in his voice. The scoreboard on the north wall of the field house is 6.7-metres wide and 3.35-metres high, with a high-definition picture made possible by 1.41 million individual, energy-saving LED lights. It is run by a state-of-the-art broadcast system. On the opposite wall, an LED ribbon of lights runs the entire length of the 30.4-metre mezzanine, ready to whip the crowd into a cheering frenzy with messages such as “Make some noise!” and “We all Bleed Blue”. Since the field house will seat 2,000 spectators, large and vocal crowds will soon become the norm. Morrison is most excited about the facility’s broadcasting capabilities. The event operations control room will be “broadcast central” for audio and video, as well as online game broadcasts. A new video switcher will give the director instant replay capability for the scoreboard and Internet broadcasts, as well as the ability to show a variety of camera angles for any specific play. Additional camera platforms and robotic cameras will make the broadcasts more sophisticated. Morrison eventually hopes to make courtside interviews possible using a wireless link.


will also be able to use screens to retrieve video from any Blues game recorded from the 2013-2014 season onward. The system is designed with the option of linking to the Varsity Centre via the university’s fibre-optic cables, which will make it possible to broadcast games at more than one venue from the Goldring Centre’s control room. “We planned the system and installed it, but we must learn how to make the best use of it,” Morrison says. “Once the building opens, our learning has just started. “It will be incredible to see it turned on and all working together.”

Welcoming athletes of all levels

“We’re putting in the most advanced sports broadcasting system ever seen in a Canadian university,” Morrison says. “We’ve already had the University of Victoria seeking our advice.”

Although the name of this new facility is the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, the building will welcome anyone from the university and local community who is interested in physical activity and sport, from students, faculty and staff looking for a great place to work out, to intercollegiate, intramural and international-level studentathletes at the top of their game. The facility will also be used for academic programs, children’s programs and camps. Student and community groups can rent space within the facility for special events.

The new broadcasting system will also benefit the varsity basketball and volleyball teams and coaches who will call this building home. The Blues team rooms have video capability that allows coaches and players to review video from a game during half-time or between matches. In their offices, coaches

Adrian Lightowler, Varsity Blues head strength and conditioning coach, was instrumental in the design and equipping of the strength and conditioning centre (SCC), a process that involved extensive consultation with coaches, faculty, and SCC staff. “What we’ve been trying to achieve


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is a facility that is equally usable and accessible for high performance athletes, students and community members. Students interested in recreational activities and fitness will have access to leading edge strength and conditioning equipment they haven’t had access to before – and will be able to work out in a spectacular new facility.” Among the unusual features are the eight force plates built into the floor of the speed and power centre on the third level of the facility. The plates are connected to computers and will provide trainers with a number of analytics with respect to the force individuals exert while weight training. The analytics provide individuals and trainers with instant feedback for performance improvement and injury prevention. Data can also be collected and tracked over time. The centre is also wired to support wearable accelerometers during a work-out. These devices record acceleration during exercise, and using a Bluetooth connection, transmit data directly to tablets or smart phones so users can track their progress towards a goal. Lightowler notes that the centre will also house a range of best-in-class cardiovascular training equipment, including Versa-climbers, which many facilities have not yet realized the benefits of. Versa-climbers enable users to work-out in an upright position, unlike some of the cardiovascular equipment most commonly found in fitness facilities, Lightowler explains. “Students, faculty and staff spend a lot of time sitting – whether in class or in front of a computer. Versa-climbers allow users to work out in a way that counteracts some of the

negative effects of being in a sitting position for long periods,” he says. “This was a key consideration in selecting new equipment for our users.” “Versa-climbers also allow for a hard workout to be achieved in a short space of time and without putting the body’s joints through a great deal of stress,” says Lightowler. Much of the new equipment in the centre uses pneumatic resistance, rather than more traditional weight stacks – another feature not commonly seen or the benefits realized in fitness facilities. With weight stacks, users are limited by the amount of resistance they can add at any given time because weights increase in set increments (e.g. 5lb., 10lb. and so on). “Pneumatic resistance machines allow users to adjust their resistance level by simply pushing a button – like turning up the volume on a cell phone. This enables users to really personalize their work out and expose their bodies to a type of resistance that has different training benefits as compared to more conventional types of resistance.” The pneumatic resistance option and the Versa-climbers were selected for the facility following discussions with biomechanical researchers within the Faculty, Lightowler says. “That’s the beauty of what this facility enables us to do; the findings of research conducted by the professors here will be applied to our programming and will allow us to offer our users the most effective, evidenced-based methods of training,” he says. “This is a great example of how the new building will transform sport and exercise at the university.”



The clinic is also spacious enough to work as a teaching facility for U of T’s graduate students, be they physicians or physical therapists. And it has been built to accommodate state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment that will improve the quality of therapeutic exercise. “Without a doubt, we’ll have the best physical space of any small sports medicine clinic in Canada,” says Richards. Around the corner from the clinic, more than 600 square metres (6500 square feet) of space is dedicated to research labs for the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Here faculty and students will investigate the latest and greatest in sport and exercise – from biomechanics and training for performance, to athlete nutrition, sport psychology and socio-cultural perspectives on participation in sport.

A new home for the sport medicine clinic and research labs Injuries are unfortunately a fact of life for both recreational and high performance athletes. Luckily for the students and athletes using the new Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, help is now only two floors away: The David L. McIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic is pulling up stakes from the basement of the Athletic Centre and moving to the airy fourth floor of the Goldring Centre.

“The first thing that this building does is increase our capacity for everything we do. Convergence is also key”, says Ira Jacobs, dean of the Faculty. The co-location of research and clinical spaces in the new Goldring Centre will create a place for sport medicine specialists, exercise scientists, coaches and trainers to come together to share ideas, test theories and translate breakthroughs into ever higher standards of practice for the care, training and coaching our very active students and athletes. This integration of academic and athletic programs is one of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education’s most distinct features and this synergy stands to be further strengthened at the Goldring Centre.

“We’re excited about the quantity of space, the quality and the location,” says Dr. Douglas Richards, medical director for the clinic. The clinic’s footprint will be larger than it was in the Athletic Centre, allowing for more consulting rooms and new equipment. A digital equipment centre within the clinic will house a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, ultasound and X-ray machine and will be outfitted once arrangements with a third party operator are in place.

“Researchers won’t only use athletes as subjects, they’ll give their findings back to the trainers, athletes and their coaches to better inform them. That’s really unique. You don’t see that all the time,” says Anita Comella, assistant dean of co-curricular physical activity and sport.

Richards is understandably enthusiastic about the clinic facilities. The space is purpose-built for the clinic and traffic flow is being intelligently redesigned for the new layout. A full wall of windows will bring light to the entire clinic; even the inner-corridor examination rooms will have natural light from reflective ceiling tubes that reach up to the roof of the building and draw in sunlight.

And so, after years of planning and almost 34 months of construction, the dream of the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport has been realized – and with it the university is fulfilling its ambition of providing students, student-athletes, faculty and staff with critical space for developing both knowledge and talent in sport and sport science – and ultimately, a culture of fitness and healthy living for all who walk through its doors.

“The clinic is built to do what it’s supposed to do, with a location that is accessible to the public,” says Richards. It’s also a bonus that the new clinic is located immediately beside the research labs where scientists will be actively studying how to help individuals and athletes perform better in recreation and sport. “Consultations will be easy to do.”

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Additional Goldring Centre features The A. Gordon Stollery Atrium will house a new digital, interactive U of T Sports Hall of Fame display. The Kimel Family Field House can be split into two courts for simultaneous games. Bleachers in the Kimel Family Field House retract to provide additional space as needed. All four of the Varsity Blues men’s and women’s volleyball and basketball teams will have designated team rooms in the building. 167 individual speakers have been placed in the field house to prevent ear-splitting sound from larger speakers generating the same volume. A force plate embedded into the floor of the common testing area of the research space will enable the measurement and analysis of the forces produced during movement. A motion capture system will allow researchers to track and analyze kinetics and dynamic movement. The Iovate/Muscletech Metabolism and Sports Science Lab will feature mass spectrometers, allowing researchers to analyze blood and muscle samples and understand how the muscle responds to exercise and nutrition.



Green Features The Goldring Centre meets the university’s Environmental Design Standards, Toronto Green Standards (TGS) Tier 1 performance measures and has been built according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Standards - Silver. Some of the green features of the building include: A cistern which collects rain and ground water, then recycles it for use in the building and to irrigate surrounding vegetation. A green roof – the roof is roughly 40% green and 60% high albedo – a reflective material which will cut down on solar heat gain during hot summer months. Energy-efficient mechanical systems and lighting; including sky lights located in consult rooms in the sport medicine clinic. Climate controls and operable windows in office and clinic areas. Dedicated bicycle parking and storage space.



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Goldring Centre enhances student experience If you heard shouts of excitement and cheers rising skyward from Devonshire Place just off Bloor Street early in October, it was undoubtedly the excitement of students experiencing the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport for the first time. “I didn’t even have room for thoughts. We just ran in and screamed”, says Denise Wooding, a member of the Blues women’s volleyball team, and fourth year student at the university.

“The opportunity to play in a nicer facility entices more people to come out,” he says. “It will just help offer more opportunities for students.” The new facility also creates much needed space for addressing the waiting lists for the ever-growing student interest in campus intramurals. “It will be an opportunity for varsity teams to train as a group,” Nash says. “With an incredible new field house, I hope we’ll develop more U of T spirit with people going to see the teams.” Beth Ali, director of intercollegiate sport for the faculty, agrees with Nash that the Kimel Family Field House has a wow factor and sees the Goldring Centre as a tool for recruiting top athletes to play for the Varsity Blues.

n,” Ali says. o ti ta u p re ic m e d a an outstanding ac tch accordingly.” s a h y it rs e iv n u r u a “O c reputation to m ti le th a r u o t n a w “We “We’ve travelled around all of Ontario, Manitoba, B.C. and Alberta and maybe we’re a little biased but this is the best gym we’re going to play in. It’s state of the art.” The Goldring Centre and the revitalized Back Campus fields are the newest additions to the athletic facilities managed by the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, and they are being enthusiastically welcomed by the university community. “The Goldring Centre will be home to a very diverse, multilayered audience – which makes it a unique facility,” says Michelle Brownrigg, director of physical activity and equity at the faculty. “All sorts of users will be in the same space without notable barriers. A recreational member could be training next to an Olympian.” Peter Nash, a fifth-year student in the concurrent teacher education program, represents two of these audiences – intercollegiate and intramural athletes – both of which will be well served by the new facilities. Nash is past president of the Intramural Sport Council, a member of the Varsity Blues baseball team and a coach for the tri-campus volleyball program that will be housed at the new Goldring Centre. For students involved in intramurals or casual recreation, Nash believes the centre will be a lure. PHOTO/John Hryniuk

Professor Gretchen Kerr, the Faculty’s vice-dean for academic affairs, is excited about the educational benefits the Goldring Centre has to offer students. “Our mandate is to engage and inspire students, and the Goldring Centre will help us do that through research, education, and the provision of opportunities for all U of T students to participate in physical activity,” she says. “Graduate students from Kinesiology and Physical Education will benefit tremendously from the state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment for conducting their research.

“For KPE undergraduate students, part of their education is about engaging in practica: taking the theories they learn and putting them into action in physical activity settings. They’ll benefit from new activity and teaching spaces, where they’ll engage in physical activities themselves and learn to inspire others from diverse populations to participate. The centre itself will be like a living lab where the most up-to-date research is translated into education and program delivery for all U of T students.” On the court, in the labs, and in the training spaces, the new facilities will give U of T students places to shine. "It’s kind of like a fresh start. There are lots of exciting things to come!” says Wooding. — ES PURSUIT | FALL 2014


It’s all in the family for donors By Elaine Smith

“Sport has the power to change the world”, said Nelson Mandela at the Rugby World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1995. “It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite…” At the University of Toronto, as the doors of the new Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport open wide to welcome a large and diverse audience, these words seem fitting for this new facility, through its sport and exercise programs and research, will both unite and inspire.

Blake’s father, the late Warren Goldring, was an avid intramural athlete while at U of T. It was he who initially made the commitment to support the planned centre for high performance sport. “The family tradition of philanthropy really goes back to my grandfather, Dr. C.C. Goldring, one of the founders of the Toronto United Way. He always had the sense that you should give back through time, money or contacts, and my father was imbued with that same belief, which he passed on to my siblings and me,” says Blake.

This one-of-a-kind Four generations facility, and the promise Goldrings have “It’s a world-class centre that we can be proud of it holds for so many, attended the University has been made possible of as a city and as alumni.” —Lindsay Stollery of Toronto and are by the vision and proud alumni, says commitment of three Blake. Blake, a member Toronto families. When asked about their decision to support of the third generation, served as co-chair of the Victoria the new Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, the College Boundless campaign and campaign executive for Goldrings, Kimels and Stollerys all noted a love of sport, a the university’s Boundless campaign. His sister, Judy, is the fondness for the University of Toronto and a family tradition current chair of the university’s Governing Council. Their of philanthropy and giving back to the community as their family’s generosity also made possible the new Goldring motivation for being among the first to get involved. Student Centre at Victoria College. “My father believed that a fit mind and body go hand-in-hand,” says Blake Goldring. “When the opportunity came up to do something transformative for athletics, it really took root with him. It was an opportunity to build not only a much-needed facility for students and faculty, but a place to train tomorrow’s athletes, trainers, coaches and potentially future Olympians.”



Ron Kimel played centre for the Blues basketball team while studying at the university. His passion for the sport – and for his alma mater – continues today, as evidenced by his gift to name the Kimel Family Field House at the new Goldring Centre. The spectacular new field house which boasts an international competition-standard court and can seat up to 2,000 cheering fans, will be home to the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams.

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“Sports were my life,” says Ron, who owns a construction and real estate business. “I went to school because of sports; it was what I looked forward to.” He credits sports with giving him the drive to go to law school and business school. “I don’t care what you do in life, competition is always there. If you don’t push yourself, you don’t achieve.” Kimel’s family also has a strong tradition of giving back, something his father taught them, Ron says. They have made generous donations to three teaching hospitals in Toronto; Mount Sinai, Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation, and Baycrest, and their gift to U of T for the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport is making a contribution to another important facet of health. “I care for U of T,” he says. “I’ve been blessed and I want to improve things for others.” The Stollery family, benefactors of the A. Gordon Stollery Atrium in the new Goldring Centre, is also well known in the community for giving back generously. As owners of the Angus Glen Golf Course in Markham, they are involved with numerous charitable events. In 2011, they endowed a wing at Markham-Stouffville Hospital. Philanthropy is a tradition the seven Stollery sisters learned from their late father, who originally planned his donation to the Goldring Centre to honour his grandfather, says Cailey Stollery, Gordon’s oldest daughter. Upon Gordon’s death, the family decided to honour him instead. PHOTO / Lisa Sakulensky / Jing-Ling Kao-Beserve


“He enjoyed giving back to things that were important to him, such as athletics and education,” says Cailey. “He was an athlete all his life and really believed in giving kids and young adults the opportunity to excel in sports. He felt very strongly about high performance sport and the need for a centre where students and athletes could hone their skills and be their best.” Lindsay Stollery, Cailey’s sister, notes that their father always felt a strong connection to the university. He was the chair of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education campaign cabinet, he attended the University of Toronto Schools (UTS), and earned his master’s degree at U of T. Both Lindsay and Cailey earned their MBAs at U of T, and another sister, Victoria, graduated from U of T with a degree in psychology. “He was very sentimental about that part of his history and upbringing and wanted to honour that as an integral part of his life and his family’s life,” Lindsay says. “He also believed that sports created the discipline, rigour and teamwork necessary to be successful in business.” Just as the Goldrings, Kimels and Stollery’s agree about the importance of giving back, they also undoubtedly agree with Lindsay Stollery’s feeling about the new Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. “It will add so much vibrancy to Bloor Street and it’s such a great facility,” she says. “It’s a world-class centre that we can be proud of as a city and as alumni.”




SNEAK PEEK On October 7, the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport opened its doors to almost 3,000 students, faculty and staff for a sneak peek of what the exciting new facility has to offer. Lively games of pick-up basketball and volleyball were held in the Kimel Family Field House, while demonstrations and tours were held throughout the impressive building. “It was awesome to finally be able to walk through the doors,” says third-year Kinesiology student Raquel Preston. “I’ve been waiting to see what it looks like inside because I’ve watched it being built and it’s absolutely amazing. I can’t believe students will be able to use this place – I’m definitely going to be working out here!” With buskers and food trucks along Devonshire Place helping to draw the crowd in, the celebratory atmosphere at Goldring was contagious. Visitors spoke with knowledgeable staff and students, who answered questions about the building and encouraged people to feel at home in the new facility that will benefit the entire U of T community. – SR





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PURSUING GREATNESS On October 27, the Faculty celebrated the grand opening of the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. More than 300 guests gathered to tour the new facility and celebrate the generosity of donors who made the dream of the Goldring Centre come to fruition. Varsity athletes demonstrated their workout regimes while visitors got a first look at the cutting edge technology and equipment housed in the facility. Remarks from Dean Ira Jacobs, U of T President Meric Gertler, Judy and Blake Goldring, and the Honourable Michael Coteau, minister of tourism, culture and sport, all had a common theme – that the Goldring Centre is an incredible new resource that will help athletes and students achieve their best. “Canadians are proud of their athletes,” said President Gertler. “The Goldring Centre gives all of us another reason to be proud also of our country’s leading university. This is a wonderfully open place, reflecting the ethos of the University of Toronto as a global centre of research, learning and discovery at the heart of one of the world’s great city regions.” The opening of the $58 million Goldring Centre marks the completion of the fourth and final phase of the $98 million Varsity Centre complex renewal. – SR 34




Calm Under Pressure by Elaine Smith

Athletes look to their coaches for inspiration, guidance and leadership. For Mila Miguel, who played with the Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team from 2003 to 2008, her experience with Coach Kristine Drakich was no different. That is, until the roles were reversed. When Miguel graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Physical Education and Health, she immediately entered U of T’s nursing program. With a caring nature and kind disposition, Miguel was a natural fit and her friends and teammates knew it was the right path for her. That’s why, when Drakich needed help caring for her dying father, she turned to Miguel for assistance. Some of the same skills that made Miguel (BPHE, 2007, BSN, 2009), an excellent caregiver also made her a terrific teammate, Drakich says. “Her incredible generosity of spirit would stand out anywhere,” says Drakich. “She was calm and composed under pressure. Everyone felt her warmth and kindness, and yet she was this incredibly talented athlete.” Drakich recruited Miguel for her team, enticing the Victoria native away from the west coast. Miguel warmed the bench for much of her first year on the team, but didn’t complain. “I knew I had a lot of skills that needed development, and I could see the improvement through working on them,” Miguel says.

When Miguel entered the nursing program after graduation, she was able to play out her fifth year of eligibility. Afterward, she nourished her need for team sports by joining an intramural basketball team. “Competition is competition at any level,” says Miguel. “The wins were very similar in terms of the team’s excitement. It was a lot of fun.” When she left the Blues, Miguel didn’t go empty-handed. The three-year Ontario University Athletics all-star also earned two prestigious awards: the Blues’ Dr. Clara Benson Award, given to a graduating female athlete for outstanding athletic ability, scholarship and interfaculty and community involvement; and the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s Thérèse Quigley Award, recognizing excellence in volleyball, academics and community involvement. Miguel’s community work included serving as a residence don, assisting younger students in adjusting to university; volunteering at the Hospital for Sick Children and with Best Buddies, an organization that supports adults with intellectual disabilities; and raising money for Athletes for Africa. “I look back so fondly on those years,” says Miguel, who has since earned a master’s degree in nursing. “I was part of a whole varsity community. There was support from teammates, coaches and athletes on other teams.

“I strongly believe that athletics at any level has the potential to develop teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship skills in individuals and groups, and through that development, athletics The improvement benefited her volleyball career, both on the has the potential to create well-rounded and contributing beach and with the Blues. In 2006-07, she and her beach volleyball members to campus life and to communities as a whole.” partner, Anastasia Danilova, won the national championship for women 24-and-under. Miguel was named the Blues co-captain in her third year and filled that role for two seasons.



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Alumni Updates Getting together

Athletes and friends reunite at Hall of Fame

1983-84 Varsity Blues Men's Hockey team

On June 5, former Varsity Blues hockey player Andre Hidi (back row, fourth from the right) rang in his birthday at the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame 2014 inauguration ceremony. One of 15 inductees, Hidi was honoured for his achievements during his four years with the Varsity Blues. “I’ve had more great teammates than I can recount. All of them helped me become the player I was,” said Hidi, who went on to play for the National Hockey League (NHL) after his time at U of T. Hidi also accepted a team honour with the 1983-84 men’s hockey champions. After ending the regular season on a six-game winning streak, the team went on to win both provincial and national titles. Many teammates continued in the tradition of excellence: Coach Mike Keenan went on to become a head coach and general manager in the NHL,



winning a Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994. Player Michael Pelino, named an Ontario University Athletic Association (OUAA) firstteam all-star in 1984, went on to be an assistant coach in the NHL for six years. Additional hockey standouts inducted into the Hall of Fame include current Blues’ men’s hockey coach Darren Lowe, Hockey Canada high performance coach Jennifer Rawson, and four-time Olympic medalist Jayna Hefford. “Coming to U of T was the first major decision I made,” said Hefford. “What made the decision easier for me was knowing that I would get a great education and play for a great hockey program.” Among the other programs highlighted were women’s volleyball, whose 1995-96 championship team earned the team’s

first provincial title since 1989; football, whose former assistant coach Richard Kollins co-wrote a history of the program called “150 Years of Football at the University of Toronto”; and track and field, whose standout pole-vaulter Bruce Simpson won three provincial titles and helped his team to two titles during his time as a Varsity Blue. Simpson, who has represented Canada at Olympic, Pan American and Commonwealth Games, captured the camaraderie of the evening when he spoke of his time with the Blues. “It takes a whole community to develop an athlete,” Simpson said. “There are so many people that helped me throughout my career and ultimately, to represent Canada in several sporting environments. Through successful times and challenging times, the community at U of T helped to build my character.” —AH

PHOTOS/ Jing-Ling Kao-Beserve

Spring Reunion 8T4 PHE Alumni Association President, Paula Paunic, and fellow classmate Margaret MacNeill (also an associate professor in the Faculty) organized the 30th reunion of their class on May 31. The group enjoyed a tour of their former stomping grounds in the Athletic Centre and Benson Building, as well as the Faculty’s expanded facilities at the Varsity Centre where they stopped for a photo in their favourite section of the bleachers. These 8T4 grads capped off the day with a stop at the Madison Pub – another class favourite.


In alphabetical order: Nancy Archer, Claire Dingle, Helen Duncan, Jocelyn Fullerton, Gail and Ted George, Monte Harris, Vera Kirk, Nancy Knight, Anne Lowden, Madeline MacLeod, Jennie Mayer, Eleanor Milliken, Marion Muirhead, Ed Richardson, Dave Stephen, Herb Tilson, Gloria Torrance, and Helen Rosen.

Anne Lowden and Gail George worked together to reunite their class for a 60th celebration on May 31. Kindly hosted by Anne at her home, 19 friends gathered over dinner. The group was saddened by the recent loss of their classmate and friend Bruce Evans, but their gathering undoubtedly served as a celebration of his life and the fond memories they all shared.



Dedicated class representative Gerry LaChance initiated a reunion of her class for its 65th anniversary. Members of this PHE class got together on May 30 at the Marriott Bloor Hotel for a luncheon to reminisce about their time at U of T and catch up with one another. Thank you Gerry and the class of 4T9!

Diana Ranken brought her class together on May 29 for their 50th reunion. The group enjoyed an afternoon of catching up, followed by dinner at the Tam Heather Curling and Tennis Club. Thank you to Diana for her efforts!



Several members of the class of 2004 got together on May 31 to The class of 5T9 celebrated its 55th reunion on June 3 with 19 classcelebrate the 10th anniversary of their graduation. These former mates in attendance for a lunch with Dean Jacobs. Later that evening, classmates got back to their PHE roots with a Zumba class at the 25 classmates gathered for dinner. Kudos to class representatives Athletic Centre followed by a gathering at the Duke of York Pub. Andy Higgins and Morgan Dever for organizing an exciting and Thank you to class rep Zareh Demirdji for bringing the class of 2004 memorable day! back to campus. –Rachel Keeling



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Alumni Updates First row left to right (kneeling): Glenn McClausland and son Ian, Lou Tiro and son David, Bill Mintsoulis, Mike Steele, Rick Kollins, Dan Feraday, Nick Volpe Second row left to right (standing): Ron Murphy, Ranny Parker, Richard Nakatsu, Peter McNabb, Gerry Sternberg, Andy Szandtner, Riivo Ilves, Curt Russell, Joan Toogood, Tim Reid, Beth Ali

All-Century Football Team reunion During the football team’s final home game of the season against Waterloo on October 18, the Faculty was honoured to have 16 members of the historic All-Century Football Team back on campus along with Rick Kollins, who put the team together and was inducted into the U of T Sports Hall of Fame this year. The All-Century team is an assembly of some of the best players and coaches the Varsity Blues have seen throughout its history and it was thrilling to reunite these former players who wore the Blue and White so proudly. These alumni enjoyed a pre-game reception in the Adam Zimmerman room as well as an onfield presentation during half time. Thank you to each of the team members for coming back to Varsity Stadium and to Rick Kollins for uniting the group in such a meaningful way.

Golf Tournaments

Women’s Hockey golf tournament

Field Hockey golf tournament

The women's hockey team enjoyed another successful golf tournament with alumni and friends on September 13 at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, ON. This annual event continues to be a tremendous fundraiser for the team. This year, more than 120 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on the course. Thank you to the alumni, friends and organizers who contributed to another great day for Varsity Blues Women's Hockey!

On August 22 the Field Hockey team hosted its first golf tournament fundraiser for alumni and friends at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Georgetown, ON. The team is pleased to report a successful day where they were joined by 35 golfers and raised more than $3,500 for the program. Thank you to everyone who supported the team! PICTURED/ L to R: Varsity Blues field hockey athletes, Rachel Fackoury and Allison Lee

PICTURED/ L to R: Kelly O'Hanlon (former team captain) and her brother Chris PURSUIT | FALL 2014


Alumni Updates

Class Notes 1950s


Lou Lukenda

Chris De Piero

(5T4 DDS, Basketball)

9T2 BPHE, Hockey

The Dr. Lou and Mae Lukenda Charitable Foundation has made a profound impact on students at Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. by contributing the cost of acquiring the Sault College Tennis and Boat Club – a recreational facility formerly known as RYTAC. The addition of this facility will provide Sault College students with practical learning opportunities that are central to the mission of the College and complementary to programs offered such as Natural Environment and Outdoor Studies. The Lukendas have had a similar impact on the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education with their philanthropic spirit and we are grateful for the leadership they show by supporting education.

Congratulations to Chris on his appointment as Director of Athletics at St. Michael’s College School! With a strong background in teaching and student-athlete development, Chris has earned this leading role at one of Toronto’s most prestigious educational institutions. Chris’s history with the school began in 1999 as a grade seven core teacher. His time there was interrupted to accept a position with the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals in 2006. In 2012 he returned to teach grades nine and 10 and now enters another phase of his career combining education and sport.

Tim Reid 5T9 BA, Football, Track & Field

Always an excellent spokesperson – whether for the university as a former member of Governing Council, or the Varsity Blues as a member of the T-Holders’ Association Executive board – Tim was the Canadian Delegate to the 59th Annual Congress of Liberal-International in Rotterdam in April. He was also invited to make a presentation as a panelist at the session “The Economic and Geopolitical Consequences of a European-U.S.A. Trade Integration Agreement.” LiberalInternational is the world federation of national liberal and progressive political parties from 84 countries. Hats off to Tim for his work in this area – the Faculty is proud to have such an accomplished friend and advisor.

1980s Debbie Low

Erin Kennedy 9T5 MD, 0T2 PHD, Water Polo

Building on her success as a colorectal surgeon at Mount Sinai hospital, associate professor and renowned researcher, Dr. Erin Kennedy was appointed as Ontario’s Gastrointestinal Cancers Lead by the Clinical Council of Ontario (CCO). She is the inaugural incumbent of this role with the CCO and will provide strategic leadership in the area of gastrointestinal cancer care, in coordination with five other Ontario Cancer leads in other disciplines, creating a new leadership team for cancer care in Ontario.

2000s Melissa Clifford 0T6 BPHE, Volleyball, Rowing, Track & Field,

Suzana Majcen

9T9 BASC, Volleyball,

Tanja Urbancic



We are proud to report that Debbie was acknowledged by Durham College with an Alumnus of Distinction Award this year. After completing her PHE degree here at the Faculty, she attended Durham College to study Sports Administration. Debbie went on to an impressive career on Canada’s highperformance sport scene. She is currently the CEO of the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. Congratulations Debbie! 42


This trio of alumnae competed together on the Canadian Women’s 30+ Indoor Volleyball Team at the World Masters Games in Torino, Italy last year. They also showed off their athleticism in high jump (gold medal), weightlifting and the 10km road race, respectively. Melissa, Suzana and Tanja continue to play volleyball together in Toronto and are aiming to enter the World Masters Games again in 2017 in New Zealand. Congratulations and good luck in 2017!

Alumni Updates

In Memory Sally (Sarah) Manning

7T2 BPHE, 7T3 BED, Field Hockey A legend on the national and international field hockey scene, Sally passed away in June after battling cancer. Sally had a tremendous impact on athletics at the University of Toronto and across the country. She was inducted to the U of T Sports Hall of Fame in 1988 for her outstanding accomplishments in field hockey. She was an Ontario provincial team member 1969-81, a national team member 1971-81 and competed at the World Cup in 1971, 1975, and 1979. In 1979, Sally was selected as a member of the World XI Team at the World Championship and was the first Canadian so honoured. Sally was a member of the Women’s Athletic Association Directorate 1971-72, the vice-president and later president of the PHE Women’s Athletic Association, and graduated from the Faculty in 1972. The Faculty is grateful for her generous establishment of the Sally Manning Field Hockey Award of Merit, which provides support to an outstanding Varsity Blues field hockey athlete, in her memory. Donations can be made to the Sally Manning Award by calling 416-677-5357 and will be acknowledged to Sally’s loved ones.

Theo Van Rijn

6T8 Trinity, 7T1 MD, Swimming One of the university’s most decorated members of the Varsity Blues Swim Team, Theo passed away in August at the age of 68. Theo was undefeated in Canadian Intercollegiate competition in 5 years at the 50 yard freestyle event and set a Canadian record in 1967 at that distance. He also represented Canada at the 1967 World Student Games in Tokyo and won U of T's George M. Biggs Trophy in 1970.

John Akitt

Ralph Gordon

5T6 BASC, Hockey

5T1 BPHE, 5T9 BED, 6T2

A close friend and alumnus of the Varsity Blues Men’s Hockey program, John passed away in June in his 82nd year. He had a successful career with Imperial Oil and Exxon, rising to executive ranks.

A seasoned educator, Ralph passed away on April 25. After completing an undergraduate degree at the Faculty, he pursued graduate studies in education and enjoyed a career as a Principal in the North York Board of Education.

William Givens 4T8 BPHE, Golf

An avid golfer and former Global TV executive, Bill passed away on August 10. A member of the Varsity Blues Golf team during his time at U of T, Bill also served in the First World War.

John Logan 6T8 BPHE

John passed away on June 14 after a battle with mesothelioma. He maintained the spirit of PHE throughout his life, teaching elementary and high school

for 30 years before retiring to pursue his love of the outdoors. A scholarship is being established in John’s memory to support undergraduate students in the Faculty. To donate please call 416-677-5357. All gifts will be acknowledged to John’s family.

Joseph Harris 5T3 BPHE, 7T5 MED, Football

In his 88th year, Joseph passed away on April 9 at Toronto Grace Hospital. He remained close to his Varsity Blues Football teammates, always cherishing their visits and phone calls.

Harry Kerrison 4T8 BPHE

Harry passed away in July of this year having had a rich career combining service in Canada’s Armed Forces and his background in physical education and health. He held positions as a physical and recreation officer in the Armed Forces, commandant of Canadian Armed Forces School of Physical Education, and recreation and first executive director of the Canadian Track & Field Association in 1971. Harry also coached three Olympic athletes. Our condolences to family and friends. PURSUIT | FALL 2014


TIME OUT 1,000 and Counting By Rochelle Coelho

The first organized team sport at the University of Toronto was football – with the first official intercollegiate game played November 4, 1877, when Coach Alfred Williams led the Blues to compete against Upper Canada College. Now the Blues, with 137 years of rich football history behind them and coached by Greg Gary, have played their 1000th game in program history. Reaching this milestone has been no easy feat for the Blues, but they have earned some incredible honours along the way including the inaugural titles for the Yates, Grey, and Vanier Cups (1898, 1909, and 1965 respectively). Adding to this proud tradition, the team has won four Grey Cups, two Vanier Cups and 25 Yates Cup championships. The team has produced 38 Canadian Intercollegiate Sports (CIS) All Canadians since 1971, including current Blues receiver/returner, Kevin Bradfield. In professional-level football, the Blues have seen 205 players drafted to the Canadian Football League (CFL) with four going into the 2014 draft - the highest number of Blues entering the draft since 1987. The longstanding program of the Varsity Blues Football Team celebrates past and present coaches, players, and championships. We all #Bleedblue!



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