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SPRING 2013 / Vol. 16, No. 1

University of Toronto

Kinesiology & Physical Education

Going Pro

Undergrads gain ground in the field

ACADEMIC EXPANSION Professors in exercise behaviour, nutrition join the fold

BANNER YEAR The Blues bring home seven titles across six sports

BUILDING BRIDGES New Centre for Motor Control creates collaborations

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Faculty Notes


Blues News

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Fit Tips

Centre for Motor Control established

Swimmers make a splash

A new professor’s juggling act

Connecting the Dots From classroom to career


Alumni Updates


Donor Listing


Donor Spotlight


Time Out

Recent grad tries her hand on the Hill

Anne Chun, Basketball

Stars on ice

Dean's Message

Advancing our mission

This academic year has brought tremendous growth and change within the Faculty, as we welcome more faculty members, create new initiatives, build new facilities and renovate existing ones – all with a view to providing an outstanding experience for our students and student-athletes. Crucial to the student experience is what happens outside the classroom, and our third- and fourth-year placement courses play a significant role in this regard. Five of our current placement students are featured in the second of a two-part series on experiential education (see page 14), offering a window into the world of hands-on learning our undergraduates enjoy. The number and calibre of these opportunities continues to grow, and we are excited about the relationships we are building to help our students forge their career paths. Creating the best learning environment also means strengthening teaching and research resources. To that end, this year we established the Centre for Motor Control (see page 3) and we are set to welcome two new faculty members in July (see page 4). Our faculty members also continue to attract strong research funding for a wide range of programs (see page 4).



Where we are heading and how we get there depends in part on the support we receive from our alumni and friends – which this year totaled over $2 million. On pages 24-31 you will find a list of those whose commitment to the Faculty is crucial to our mission on many fronts. Part of that support is helping to further the progress on the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, which is already well underway (for the latest updates, visit www.physical.utoronto.ca). This issue also includes stories about our stand-out athletes (pages 8-11), a new graduate’s career in political journalism (page 22), and a trip down memory lane for women’s hockey (page 40). I hope you enjoy this issue of Pursuit. As always, we welcome your feedback!

Ira Jacobs, Dean

Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education

Faculty Notes

Newly-established centre to build

bridges between body and brain

Professor Luc Tremblay studies a subject's brain

Whether we are pulling a pen across the page or running at high speed around a track, our bodies and our brains are in constant communication, and the conversation is extremely complex. Understanding the intricacies of human movement is a vastly multidisciplinary effort that the newly-established Centre for Motor Control (CMC) aims to tackle in new ways. Recognized by the University of Toronto in October as an official unit hosted within the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, the CMC brings together researchers from across the university – and ultimately Ontario and beyond – in

disciplines ranging from health sciences, biomedical engineering, healthy high performance, computer sciences and robotics. As a hub for this critical research network, the CMC aims to better integrate basic and applied research and more efficiently translate that knowledge into methods and tools that can be used for training or treatment. “By bringing people together around the common theme of motor behaviour, we plan to streamline the inquiry process while creating new ways of tackling our research

questions,” says Professor Tim Welsh, who will act as the CMC’s first coordinator. Covering the entire spectrum of human movement – from patient populations to elite athletes – the CMC aims to become an international centre of excellence for the study of voluntary human movement. “The possible outcomes are incredibly exciting and far-reaching,” says Dean Ira Jacobs. “The results of this research and the collaborations it fosters could transform approaches and applications in areas as diverse as patient rehabilitation, workplace design and athlete training.” –Althea Blackburn-Evans

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Research Highlights

In 2012 the Faculty received over $1.3 million in new research funding for a range of research projects, including:

Greg Wells’s CIHR Operating

Grant: Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health New Investigators – Bridge Funding for, “Early identification of cardiac dysfunction in obese adolescents: mechanisms and modulation.”

Recruits bring expertise in

nutrition, exercise behaviour This July the Faculty will expand its exercise behaviour team and welcome an expert in nutrition, with the recruitment of new assistant professors Katherine Tamminen and Daniel Moore. Moore brings valuable experience from both the lab and the field. From 2009 to 2011, he worked as a research and development specialist at the Nestlé Research Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland – an organization he continues to work for as a scientific consultant. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the department of health and nutritional sciences at the University of Guelph, where his research focuses on how exercise and nutrition impact the body in a breadth of population groups.



Tamminen, currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia, completed her PhD with a focus on stress management in adolescent athletes. Most recently, the already wellpublished researcher worked as co-investigator for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Councilfunded project investigating children’s physical activity and play. “Drs. Moore and Tamminen will be important additions to our faculty complement,” says Dean Ira Jacobs. “Each will inspire our students and enable exciting collaborative and networking opportunities within and outside of our Faculty.” –Valerie Iancovich

Peter Donnelly ’s SSHRC Insight Development Grant, part of the SSHRC Sport Participation Research Initiative, for, “Multiculturalism and physical culture: the case of the greater Toronto area.” Guy Faulkner ’s CIHR Operating Grant for, “ParticipACTION after five years: assessing impact on the promotion of physical activity and the behaviour of Canadians.” Linda Mainwaring ’s CIHR Catalyst

Grant for, “Stress markers in concussed athletes.”

Catherine Sabiston’s CIHR Operating

Grant for, “Lifestyle activity and the promotion of emotional well-being, biological functioning and physical health among breast cancer survivors over time.” The Faculty is one of only two academic units at the University of Toronto to receive funding from all three federal granting councils – a reflection of the multi-disciplinary nature of the research that happens here.

PHOTOS/ (Left) Provided by Katherine Tamminen; (right) Andrew Vowles


Symposium explores the walk to school

“Walking to school is not dead,” proclaimed Professor Guy Faulkner, who led a multidisciplinary panel of experts through the Faculty’s December 5 public symposium, What Happened to Walking? Encouraging Active School Travel in Toronto. Faulkner pointed out that while Toronto has seen about a 10 per cent decline in the past 20 years, kids who live within one or two kilometres of school are still quite likely to walk. But sprawling city neighbourhoods and perceptions of safety are among the factors that make the trip by foot more difficult. Faulkner and colleagues Caroline Fusco and Ron Buliung (geography) presented highlights of their multi-year study on active school travel. They were joined by chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat and Toronto Star architecture critic and urban affairs columnist Christopher Hume to address the walk to school and how we might create an environment more conducive to active travel. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, the study comes at a time when children are heavier, weaker and less physicallyactive than they were just five years ago. And the results show that girls make the trip by foot less often than boys.

PHOTO/ Jing-Ling Kao-Beserve

Just months into her role as Toronto’s new chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat admitted that in recent years “we’ve designed children out of public space” and said we need to make walking a fundamental part of transportation planning. A passionate advocate for “walking habitats,” Keesmaat identified some great examples in downtown Toronto where sidewalks include treed boulevards, street-side café culture abounds, and cyclists and transit vehicles share a safe transportation infrastructure. She insisted that under her leadership this model is becoming the gold standard for infrastructure renewal and new neighbourhood planning. “We’re pursuing this pretty aggressively in the city.” Attended by over 200 people, the symposium was the fourth in a series of free lectures hosted by the Faculty to share its diverse areas of research with the broader public. To learn more about the research presented at this symposium, visit www.beat.utoronto.ca. Look for details about the spring symposium, scheduled for May 8, at www.physical.utoronto.ca. –ABE

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Capturing coveted Diamond Jubilee

The Faculty celebrated two of its own earlier this year as they were honoured with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals in recognition of outstanding contributions to making physical activity a priority within their community and across Canada. Michelle Brownrigg, director of physical activity and equity, and Professor Guy Faulkner received the medals on February 1 as a result of nominations through ParticipACTION, Canada’s national voice of physical activity and sport participation. The Diamond Jubilee Medals were created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the



Throne as Queen of Canada. In the past year 60,000 Canadians were recognized with medals in honour of their outstanding achievements. Brownrigg and Faulkner were among 55 individuals working and volunteering within the field of physical activity promotion to receive a medal. Brownrigg manages a portfolio focused on providing broad-based physical activity and sport opportunities for the University of Toronto student body, faculty and the broader community, with a focus on reaching out to underserved populations. Faulkner’s research focuses on two inter-related themes: the effectiveness of physical activity promotion interventions, and

physical activity and mental health. His work recently uncovered the fact that 99 per cent of Toronto children fail to meet the minimum daily physical activity requirements, a finding that garnered significant attention. He is also working with Brownrigg on the evaluation of MoveU, an awareness campaign launched at U of T last fall. “I am so proud that our Faculty includes such nationally-recognized leaders of health and physical activity research and programs,” says Dean Jacobs. “These medals serve as a testament to the impact this extraordinarily important work is having, and to the fact that active, healthy living is a growing priority in Canada.”–ABE

PHOTO/ Elena Iourtaeva


Metabolism, medication and mental health

Rethinking prescription drug dosage in athletes

Times to beat, medals to win and supporters to please – for many high performance athletes, coping with the mental stress of competition can be as challenging as physical training. Anxiety and depression are just as prevalent in high performance athletes as the rest of the population, but master’s student Ethan Ruderman says that the formula for prescribing medication to athletes with mental health issues may need rethinking. Currently, prescription dosage is determined based on factors such as age, sex, weight and ethnicity, with little or no consideration of how a patient’s fitness level affects drug metabolism. With funding from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ruderman is studying how the most widely-prescribed antidepressant, sertraline – commonly known by its brand name, Zoloft – behaves in athletes’ bodies. Through blood analysis, Ruderman is monitoring concentration levels of the drug in subjects when they are active and when they are sedentary. His theory is that drug levels stay higher and remain in the system longer in an active person. “It’s well-established that exercise causes blood to move away from the internal organs to get to the working muscles,” he explains. Since less blood gets to the liver, where the antidepressant is metabolized, Ruderman’s hypothesis is that the drug breaks down at a slower rate during activity, meaning athletes may not need to replenish the body’s supply of medication with the same dosage as those who are sedentary. Getting too much sertraline, Ruderman says, can have adverse effects – potentially even contributing to feelings of anxiety and depression. “Too much of the drug affects your motivation and your energy levels, which can be especially difficult to cope with for a high performance athlete in training.”

PHOTO/ Jing-Ling Kao-Beserve

Ruderman plans to finish gathering data by May but is keen to see the results, as his project also has potential to impact the broader population. Taking up physical activity will impact anyone’s metabolism, meaning that doses of the medication could lower across the board if mental health patients are prescribed physical activity in conjunction with the drug. “Our ultimate goal is to ease the burden of both the disease and the medication by improving on the optimal dosage,” says Ruderman, pointing out that avoiding medication, when possible, is ideal. “But prescription drugs are often necessary. If we can achieve a more accurate dosage and at the same time encourage sufferers to be more active, that is a much healthier outcome for everyone.” –VI

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Blues News

Making  waves The men’s swim team capped off a remarkable season on February 23 when they finished first at the CIS championships held in Calgary, seizing their first national banner since 1994. The Blues won the championship by a narrow 15 points, ending an 18-year reign shared by the UBC Thunderbirds and Calgary Dinos. “I have been in a lot of two-team races, but never a three-team race that was this close,” says head coach Byron MacDonald, who was named CIS coach of the year. For the first time in recent years, all three teams had to fight to the very end in hopes of capturing a win. Standout performers at the event included rookie Brian Lee, who earned a silver medal in the men’s 50m breaststroke by a slim 0.73 seconds. Matthew Myers also earned silver in the 200m backstroke.



The team had plenty to celebrate as this CIS win came on the heels of their tenth consecutive provincial victory, which they earned at home on February 9. In a stunning comeback after a year-long hiatus, fourth-year student Zack Chetrat (pictured above) broke three records at the meet and earned the Grand Slam award in addition to being named OUA male swimmer of the year. The women’s team boasted silver at the championships. Third-year standout Vanessa Treasure earned five medals at the tournament, including two individual titles, and was named an OUA first team all-star for her performance. –Adrienne Harry

PHOTO/ David Moll

Fierce on the field

After finishing the regular season with a perfect record, the women’s field hockey team won their second consecutive OUA banner and their sixth title in the past nine seasons when they travelled to Waterloo last October for the championships. Battling it out in the rain, the Blues defeated the Guelph Gryphons to improve their season to a perfect 14-0-0 heading into the national competition. With OUA gold under their belts, the Blues advanced to the final match at the CIS championships held November 4 on home turf. Going head-to-head against the top-seeded UBC Thunderbirds, the Blues earned silver – their 25th national honour since 1975. Defender Kaelan Watson and midfielders Tegan Stairs and Amanda Woodcroft were named CIS all-Canadians for their outstanding efforts. “We have a talented team with a good combination of great veterans and dedicated rookies,” says women’s field hockey head coach John DeSouza. “This is one of those special teams that only comes along every so often.” –AH

PHOTO/ Jill Clark (Left)/ Elena Iourtaeva (Right)


the coaches Ongoing education is the key to perfecting a craft. This was the sentiment at U of T’s second annual National Soccer Coaching Conference on February 2. Organized by Varsity Blues manager of soccer operations and men’s head coach Anthony Capotosto, the two-day event saw over 380 coaches from across the country and all levels of the game brainstorming solutions to challenges facing the sport. With topics ranging from youth coaching strategies to cultivating a more robust soccer culture in Canada, coaches exchanged ideas and gained insight from some of North America’s top experts and clinicians. Presenters included Gordon Forrest, residency head coach and manager of coaching development for the U-18 Vancouver Whitecaps, and Thomas Rongen, director for the Toronto FC Academy. Bob de Klerk, former youth team coach for Amsterdam’s Ajax FC and former assistant coach at Toronto FC, discussed the Ajax youth system, lauded as one of the best in the world. Capotosto hopes the weekend’s in-class and on-field sessions inspired new ideas about coaching and Canadian soccer as a whole. “We want coaches to confirm what they know about coaching, collect new information, collaborate with colleagues and challenge ideas about the game. It’s only by educating ourselves that we’ll ultimately raise the standard of play in Canada.” –AH




Silver finish On top of strong provincial and national showings, the Blues came a close second in fencing and track and field.

Provincial champs Swimming and field hockey weren’t the only big winners this season. The Blues also brought home provincial titles in water polo, baseball, badminton and golf.



The Blues won their first badminton championship in a decade, beating out the Western Mustangs. Michelle Li and Grace Gao won gold in women’s doubles and were named the 2012-13 most valuable players. Gao was also named female rookie of the year. Teammate Jackie Yeung, who paired up with Gao to pull the Blues into a championship tie-breaker against the Mustangs, was named male rookie of the year.

The Blues upset the Brock Badgers 4-0, earning their second consecutive title. Andy Orfanakos pitched a stellar game and was named championship MVP for his extraordinary performance. Second baseman Jamie Lekas was named OUA all-star for the third time in five years.

GOLF The women’s team earned their second title in four years, finishing eight strokes ahead of the host team, the Waterloo Warriors. Each Blue earned OUA all-star status for placing within the top eight at the event.



WATER POLO In a thrilling rematch against the host Carleton Ravens, the Blues claimed their 29th title in program history. Marko Brasic, Tuna Tali and Alan Chung were named OUA all-stars. Chung was also named championship MVP. –AH

Finishing just one point behind the Guelph Gryphons, U of T earned silver in women’s track and field at the OUA championship with a series of record-breaking performances that garnered an impressive 17 medals. In another close tournament, the team finished second overall on the national scene. Trailing the Calgary Dinos by only 3.5 points at the end of the CIS championships, the Blues led all schools with five gold medals. Khamica Bingham, Alicia Brown (pictured above), Sarah Wells and Natalie Geiger broke two national record times and won gold in the women’s 4x200m relay. In Ottawa, the men’s fencing team celebrated provincial silver. The Blues earned the foil team gold medal, while fourth-year veteran Kyle Chan was named men’s foil individual champion, earning his second Charles Walters Trophy. Chan was also awarded the George Tully Trophy for sportsmanship and was named OUA all-star along with teammate Tomasz Blazejewski. –AH

PHOTOs/ Michael P Hall (Left); Dennis Pajot (Right)

Blues News

Hosting highlights The sports season was busier than ever for U of T, as the proud host of four championships: CIS women’s field hockey, CIS women’s hockey, OUA swimming and Canadian University and College squash. “U of T’s sports facilities are some of the best in the country,” says Beth Ali, director of intercollegiate and high performance sport. “It was an honour to have the chance to showcase our world-class facilities to teams from all over Canada.” In addition to winning the 2013 OUA swimming title and earning silver at the CIS field hockey championships, the Blues gave strong performances in squash and women’s hockey. At the squash championships, Blues co-captain Wilfred Ip won a bronze medal in the men’s B division, while his teammate Jonathan Kent grabbed gold. Third-year net-minder Nicole Kesteris helped the Blues force overtime in the women’s hockey championship, with a career-high 53 saves in one night. In a nail-biting overtime shoot-out, it took Montreal 10 shots to score the game point and advance to the semi-finals. –AH

Top honours Hundreds of athletes gathered to celebrate another great year for the Blues at the annual athletic banquet on April 6. Several standout athletes were recognized for their performances during the season, including:

PHOTO/ Martin Bazyl

Athlete of the Year

Clara Benson Award

Zack Chetrat Swimming

Tamara Jewett Cross Country/ Track & Field

Athlete of the Year

Rookie of the Year

Alicia Brown Track & Field

Jackie Yeung Badminton

George M. Biggs Trophy

Rookie of the Year

Darragh McGee Soccer

Khamica Bingham Track & Field

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Triple Shift

Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos takes control of her career, family and health. Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos has a lot on her plate. Settling in to her new role as assistant professor and adjusting to motherhood with a newborn baby at home, the self-described “type A� personality tells Adrienne Harry how she has had to get creative when it comes to maintaining her healthy lifestyle.



PHOTO/ Jaime Hogge

Name: Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos

Douglas Recommends

Occupation: Assistant Professor

Create a schedule

Age: 33

“Kelly should not feel guilty when looking for time to work out,” Douglas says. “She has to acknowledge that exercise is just as important in her routine as any other meeting.” Douglas recommends Kelly add scheduled workouts to her calendar and respect workout time as she would a work meeting or other commitment.

Sports Background: Competitive dancer for 15 years

in ballet, acrobatics, tap and jazz. Marathon runner for 15 years.

Cardio and fitness routine: With less time for cardio exercise than she once had, Arbour-Nicitopoulos breaks exercise into shorter chunks. She goes for a 20-minute run every morning, uses the stairs instead of elevators and takes movement breaks when she’s working at her desk. Strength and conditioning routine: Upper and

lower body strength training at home two to three times a week using free weights, a stability ball or therabands.

Challenges: Finding the time to exercise. Like many

busy moms, she fights pangs of guilt when taking time out of her busy schedule to work out.

Diet: Arbour-Nicitopoulos maintains a healthy diet

that includes chicken, fish and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. She drinks almond and soy milk as her newborn has a cow’s milk allergy. She tries to incorporate more calories into her diet to fuel her body for working out and nursing.

Temptations: “Frozen yogurt. Love it! And we make

homemade popcorn a couple of times a week.”

Accomplishment: “I would have to say the birth of my

daughter!” Also an avid runner, Arbour-Nicitopoulos cites completing her very first 30-kilometre race as another big milestone.

Goal: Ultimately, Arbour-Nicitopoulos would like to maintain balance between her career, family and fitness goals. “I’d like to be able to work out at lunch so that when I get home I’ve had my ‘me time,’ I don’t feel guilty and I’m able to play with my daughter and worry about nothing else but her.”

Make the most of your time

“High intensity training is a great way to do an effective workout in less time.” He recommends that Kelly split her workouts into 15- to 20-minute, high intensity chunks. “Find pockets of time during the day to work out. And have an exercise bag in your office in case a meeting gets canceled or rescheduled.” Be creative

Douglas suggests small ways that Kelly can incorporate fitness into her work and home life. “If Kelly has a meeting, she could suggest having it in a different building on campus so that she has to walk there. Or she can bring some of her work to the gym with her if she is using a stationary bike or elliptical trainer.” Food matters

Kelly sticks to a balanced diet, which Douglas says is especially important for new moms. “New moms should ensure they are getting enough nutrients from a complete diet that contains a balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Also, be sure to eat a variety of vegetables throughout the day.” To keep from forgetting mealtimes, Douglas recommends that Kelly set a lunch-time alarm. “Since Kelly is still nursing, she needs to have enough calories in her body for her and her daughter .”

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This is the second installment of a two-part series about experiential education at the Faculty The first installment can be found in the fall 2012 issue of Pursuit

Connecting What merging classroom concepts and professional practice is teaching undergrads about their futures and themselves by Valerie Iancovich Photography by James KAChan



THE Dots Decades before the phrase ‘experiential education’ was making waves in post-secondary circles, U of T’s kinesiology and physical education students were putting theory into practice on the field and in the lab. Today, the Faculty’s undergraduate students have more opportunities than ever to fuse classroom concepts with real-life situations. For many in third and fourth year, that means enrolling in professional placement courses. Since last summer, this curriculum has been evolving. Recently-recruited experiential education specialist Ashley Stirling has taken the lead in

IllustrationS/ Luke Pauw

building stronger bridges between the lecture hall and the workplace. The Faculty’s list of partnerships is also growing to include more hospitals and organizations like the Canadian Sport Centre Ontario, Variety Village and the St. Alban's Boys and Girls Club. As the following five students near the end of their placement journeys, surrounded by experts in their given fields, they have reaped a breadth of benefits. They’ve learned about themselves and gained lifelong skills – and some have caught that elusive glimpse of the professionals they aspire to become.

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This is how I help When the Blues women’s basketball team hit the court this past fall, some of the players did so very gently, coming fresh off the operating room table. Over the course of her five-month placement with the MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic, Danielle Emmons watched these athletes gradually return to their jumping and sprinting ways – a process she won’t soon forget. “It was great to work one-on-one with the players and do the rehab exercises, see them get stronger and stronger, and then play full-out by the middle of the season,” she recalls. In one of the longest-standing placement opportunities at the Faculty, students like Emmons gain practical experience working with one of the largest pools of athletes in Canada, right on home turf. Emmons shadowed Jacquie Van Ierssel and Erin Brooks – lead physiotherapists with the women’s basketball team – taping, bracing and icing athletes before practices and games, and learning the ropes of rehabilitating players suffering from injury. With an eye on a career in physiotherapy, Emmons was immediately drawn to the placement. Her only concern was whether her learning style was conducive to working with and responding to athletes in action. Before her placement she considered herself an abstract thinker and book-oriented learner, but today admits, “The placement has shown me I’m more adaptable that I thought.” She also credits the team environment for inspiring her to rise to the challenge. “The more I was with them for practices and games, the more motivated I felt. Michèle Bélanger is an amazing coach. It was such a rewarding experience to be part of that.”



This is how I see my future When Jason Lacombe walks through the doors of Princess Margaret Hospital each week, it’s like he’s opening a gateway to a very exciting future. “I really like the hospital setting – getting exposed to these real-life situations with doctors, psychologists and social workers and seeing the theories we read about applied really effectively.” Lacombe’s placement with ELLICSR, a health and wellness cancer survivorship research centre, has solidified his goal to get into medical school or pursue a career in research. Specifically he hopes to delve deeper into the possible benefits of exercise for cancer survivors – a topic he has begun to explore during his time under the mentorship of Drs. Jennifer Jones and Charmaine Silva. Since September, Lacombe has contributed to grant proposals and played a key role in gathering data directly from patients for a study into fatigue in breast and colorectal cancer patients. This often delicate interaction has proven to be among the most demanding, yet fulfilling, of his professional experiences. He says the lessons he has learned surrounding patient ethics and best practices, both in the classroom and from his mentors, have been especially valuable. Though the placement is coming to an end, Lacombe would like to stay involved in the project. “A year ago, I knew nothing about the connection between physical activity and cancer survivorship, but having met these dedicated staff and the patients, I’ve developed a passion for the subject. I always feel good when I leave the hospital.”

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This how I learn Seasoned track athlete Rachel Jewett approached her third-year placement much like she would a race: ready to push beyond her comfort zone. Jewett worked under the mentorship of chiropractor Dr. James Fung, owner of Complete Balance Health Centre, where her responsibilities included engaging directly with his patients – a role that took some getting used to. “I knew that interacting with patients was an important component, but it’s turned out to be even more important and challenging than I thought,” she admits. Her duties vary but include welcoming patients, interacting with them and taking chart notes during their treatments. Jewett says that this professional exposure has helped her get a better sense of her learning style and provided an opportunity to build on her communication and organization skills. “If there’s a lot going on, I forget things and get stressed out. I’ve realized that I need to write things down. I’ve started keeping a pen and paper with me at all times in the clinic, which has helped a lot.” Jewett credits Fung with helping her develop these techniques, creating what she calls a perfect learning environment for students. “Whenever he has a break in his day he takes the time to walk me through what he’s doing. I appreciate moments like that when I get to learn his methods and how he goes about treating patients.” While Jewett is still uncertain of her career path, she’s confident that the placement experience will help her along the way. “Everything from communicating with patients to active listening and managing conflict – I know I’ll use these skills in my career down the road. Really, I think it’s the most valuable way to learn: outside the classroom.”



This is how I lead Steven Pang can’t wait to lead his own physical education class. In the meantime, the fourth-year student is soaking up as much experience as he can, currently finishing his second placement in a school setting. Last year Pang was at University of Toronto Schools, working with teens. This year he’s focused on the primary grades, with a placement at Upper Canada College – one of Toronto’s most prestigious private schools. “If I just had the placement by itself I wouldn’t be learning as much,” says Pang. “I’m better when I’m actually doing things, but with the theory that Professor Stirling is teaching I can relate back to what I’ve learned when I’m there in the classroom. She gives us a framework for reflection and that helps you learn from your mistakes and find ways to improve.” Upper Canada College’s director of physical education, Nigel White, has taken Pang under his wing, liaising with gym teachers and allowing him to shadow a variety of instructors and coaches. “He’s great,” says Pang of his mentor. “He goes beyond. He wants me to get a management perspective as well, so I’ve even been able to help organize and work at tournaments, too.” Pang is applying to teachers’ college next year and feels confident that this hands-on work will give him an edge. He also credits the placements with helping him realize his affinity for teaching high school. “I’m going to continue to take in all the experiences, and to soak in all kinds of teaching styles. I’ve realized that you don’t really know what teaching is like until you get in the classroom.”

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This is how I get inspired There’s a certain joy to seeing theories spring to life in the lab – a discovery that fourth-year kinesiology student Kathleen Abreo has made during her time working at Sick Kids Hospital in the cardio-pulmonary exercise lab. “This placement has put a lot of what I learned in the classroom into practice, which is really great to see,” says Abreo. “When you’re learning from a textbook, it can seem so abstract, but when I’m actually applying it, for example, watching the RQ [respiratory quotient] climb during the VO2  max test I think, ‘Wow, this real life!’” Abreo discovered a passion for research under the mentorship of Dr. Jane Sneiderman, taking an active role in a project that examines how exercise impacts children with cystic fibrosis. Her placement couples exposure to a broad spectrum of science and research with her love of working with kids. “It’s been a grab bag of experiences,” says Abreo. “I’ve always loved working with children. But I’ve never seen research in action before, so I’m thinking more and more about that direction for my future.” To complement fieldwork, the placement curriculum also requires students to write and discuss reflections about their experiences – a process Abreo appreciates. “The reflections add a lot of meaning. You can go to your placement and leave with the vague sense that you got a lot out of it.” For Abreo, documenting these experiences helps her to understand, in a very constructive and specific way, her specific learning objectives and outcomes. Abreo also credits Stirling’s course with teaching her professional skills she now regularly calls upon, especially those related to ethical practices in a hospital setting. “Doing tests on these children in the hospital is completely new,” she says, noting that the only previous experience she’d had leading fitness tests was when she’d worked on her peers in classroom. “Children’s results are totally different, but it’s also real life. They’re there for a reason."

These are just five of the over 160 stories from students who enrolled in the placement program this year. Stirling is proud that so many have thrived under the revised curriculum. “The personal and professional development that I’ve seen in these students has been remarkable. Many began their placements with apprehension, but it’s wonderful to see the change when they realize that the skills they’ve acquired at the Faculty really work in a variety of professional settings.” In 2013-14, the breadth of these opportunities is set to expand even further thanks to newly-established relationships with organizations such as the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, CultureLink Settlement Services and Premiere Elite Athletes’ Collegiate. It's the kind of growth that Dean Ira Jacobs encourages. "It is vital that our Faculty continues to enhance and develop the placement program. We are fortunate to be in the heart of the GTA, a community rich with a high calibre of expertise across various disciplines. Having undergraduate students immersed in these professional environments is just one way our Faculty stays at the forefront of our field." If you are interested in mentoring a current KPE student and taking part in this enriched learning experience, please email placements.kpe@utoronto.ca or visit www.kpeplacements.utoronto.ca

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Some would say Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver has come full circle. Returning to her hometown and following in her father’s footsteps on Parliament Hill (her dad is the renowned political journalist Craig Oliver), one might think Bergeron-Oliver’s destiny was long ago set in stone. But this recent graduate’s already impressive career trajectory makes it clear she is forging a path all her own. As an undergrad at U of T, Bergeron-Oliver (BPHE, Politics 1T1, Skating) was at a crossroads – torn between a career in science and one in journalism. She says her choice to study both physical health education and political science gave her the freedom to keep her options open. “It offered me the ability to study political science, sports medicine and personal health – all these courses I’d always been interested in.” The Varsity Blues skater and two-time OUA medalist also served on Governing Council, coached in the Junior Blues learn-to-skate program and indulged her passion for writing at The Varsity. The thrill of seeing her name in print cemented BergeronOliver’s plan to pursue a career in writing. She jumped at the offer of a coveted spot in Columbia’s master’s program in journalism, but admits the learning curve was steep. “I had never really done radio reporting, I had never picked up a television camera. I didn’t even know what a lede was, really!” Columbia became a springboard for internships at MTV, Sports Illustrated and CBC’s New York bureau, and a stint as an evening news writer at CityTV. These roles allowed her to cover everything from Jack Layton’s biggest political victory to the 2012 Olympics Games, and gave her a taste of time-crunched writing and producing for a national daily news program. This past January and just a few months out of journalism school, Bergeron-Oliver took her training and her talents to Parliament Hill, as a print and video reporter for the online newspaper iPolitics. Despite her impressive credentials, she is still somewhat starry-eyed in her new gig. “I have a press pass and I’m at committee meetings and Question Period and interviewing parliamentarians every day; it’s amazing!” While her weekly schedule keeps her hopping, Bergeron-Oliver still has time to blog for the Huffington Post and write for a sports publication called The Bleacher Report. She also squeezes in some coaching for the Blues and a bit of horse riding “on the side” (she spent a year on the equestrian team at U of T, too). But most of this ambitious young reporter’s focus goes to innovating on the Hill. As the first video reporter for iPolitics, Bergeron-Oliver is helping blaze a new trail. “We’re doing new [video] segments every week and our current subscribers really like the work. It’s showing a different part of Parliament Hill that our audience was missing before.”


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DONor Listing

CELEBRATING OUR SUPPORTERS The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education is very fortunate to have a growing number of dedicated and passionate alumni and friends among its supporters. Each year these individuals, foundations and corporations contribute to both our academic and athletic programs, enabling us to reach new heights in fostering successful students and student-athletes, conducting cutting-edge research and creating better places and spaces in which to carry out our multi-faceted mission. Together our alumni and friends have contributed $2,054,059* so far this fiscal year, over $1 million of which will further exciting new capital projects such as the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. Thanks to this continued commitment, we are also thrilled to usher in a host of awards this year. The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education GSEF (Graduate Student Endowment Fund) Fellowship, established by an anonymous donor along with several friends of the Faculty,



will support academically-outstanding graduate students. The R. Tait McKenzie Scholarships celebrate two incoming undergraduate students each year, and are renewable for every year of study based on continued academic success. Newly-created athletic awards include the Morley Thomas Football Award of Merit, established by Morley’s son, Stephen, to honour his 50 years as a Blues football season ticket holder; the Tom Woods Men’s Volleyball Award of Merit, established by volleyball alumnus Tom Woods; and the Sally Manning Field Hockey Award of Merit, established by Sally, a PHE alumna and member of the U of T Sports Hall of Fame. We are ever grateful for this commitment to strengthening our capacity to be leaders in education, research and athletics. Where we are – and where we are heading – is made possible in large part by the donors who continue to support us and to champion our programs and our promising students and student-athletes. *Numbers based on May 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013

Individuals Tony A. Abramavicius Kate Acs Susan M. Addario Joan H. Addison W. Ferne Alexander Christos Alexiou Tim Allan Ian and Katherine Anderson Perry Armstrong Philip L. Arrowsmith Jesse Assing Kee Kheong Aun Robert Badun Ilan Isaac Bahar Jim Barnes Barry Wallace Bartlett Peter Baxter and Wendy Zufelt-Baxter Kristin Beaton Michael Beer Isabel Belen J. Stewart Bell Moira Jane Bell Karen and Dave Bellehumeur Fiona J. Berry

Ivan L. Betcherman Shlomo Bibas David Billings Tim Blacker Justine Elizabeth Blainey-Broker James A. Blakelock Constance C. Bodkin S. Bogdan Edward W. Bogle Catherine Bond Geoffrey Borgmann Alan Bowers J. Douglas Boyd Margherita Braga Gani Braimoh Mary Alicia Brand Michael J. Brathwaite Bev G. Brightling James D. B. Bromley Barb Brophey Anne and Dan Brown Kathleen Brown Scott Brown Michelle Brownrigg Jamie Bruno Terrence F. and Mary Bryon

Adele M. Buda R. Charles Bull Sally R. Burkett Gordon F. Buttinger Catherine Cabral-Marotta James A. Cadeau Christopher Caira Heather Cairns Douglas B. Cameron John C. Cameron Linda A. Campbell Robin Campbell Ridge Meadows Barbara Carmichael James Carnwath The Estate of James Carson Paul H. Carson Marc Cassar Wendy M. Cecil Jim Chamberlain Tsai Chang Peter Chapman Nicholas Charitis Gordon and Jennifer Charles Ronald D. and Kristina Charles Wai Ping Cheung

John Chidley-Hill David J. Chin Tina M. Chiu Suzie Y. Cho Gary Ka-Chung Choy David W. B. Church Babs and Evan Church Marilyn A. Clendenan Lori Clubine-Ito Anne M. Cobban Jim Cochrane Teresa Coelho Rick Comish Allan K. Connolly Connors Family & Friends Arlene Headley-Cooper and David Cooper H. Mary Corey Anna Costantino Andrew D. and Katherine A. Cowan Andrew Craven Adam J. Crawford C. Douglas Crawford Alexander T. and Sherry Crews Jo-Anne M Cunningham

Gordon A. M. Currie Katherine Czuy Bartholomew D’Onofrio Robert E. Dale Anastasia Danilova Franklin L. Davis Paul W. de Souza Attilio DeBiasi Stephen G. and Chris DeHaas Jon and Lyne Dellandrea Cheryl Denton Paul Deratnay Kornelia Despond Marianne Deutschendorf J. Morgan P. Dever Anna Diakun Francine Dion-Holdom Levente Diosady Emily Donaldson Sean Mace and Susan Done Ryan Francis Donnelly Robert Dougan Kristine Drakich M. Drakich James W. and Susan Dufton Kendra Dunlop

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DONOR listing

Shelley E. Dunning Bernard Duval Jerry Dyczkowskyj Shayne Leslie Dyrdal Gerald Edelist R. Laird Elliott Diane L. Ellis Suzanne Embree Nana, A. Ruthie, Julie, Don and Jen Paul Evans K. Evanyshyn Anita and Mark Fackoury James P. Farmer Gail and Bob Farquharson Margaret I. Faulkner Lisa Lynn Fawcett Lawrence and Beverly Fein Goldie Feldman Mary Felice David C. Ferguson Kyle Ferguson Chris Finora J. Chris Fisher Arnold Fleming Shaka Fonderson Donna Foord John F. Foote Rivi M. Frankle



William P. Franklin Stephen R. Fraser Ernest C. Frey David Frizzell Jocelyn A. Fullerton Grandma and Grandpa Funke Ruth E. Gammell Liza Gaprielian Lisa A. Garnet Michael A. Garratt Jarmila Gavac Ross G. Geiger Carl Georgevski Sean Edward Gibson Greg Gilhooly Nicolas Girard Michelle Giroux Mariko and Michael Glenney Michael Andrew Glenney Barbara S. Glennie Blake Goldring Judith Goldring Lana Good Albert Goodman Jack Goodman Len Goodman The Gordon Family Siobhan B. Gordon David P. Grant

David Green Mary Green Morton Greenberg Allan E. Gross Krystina Grzelak-Boron Mike Guinness Helen Gurney Joel Halbert Ruth and Alex Hamer Robert M. Hamilton Janet L. Hanna Glenn T. Harding Allen R. W. Hargest C. Michael Harpur Stephen Harris and Leslie Buskard Deborah M. Hart Thomas Haslett Ljerka Haughn J. Barrett Healy Paul and Janice Heide G. A. Henderson Bonnie Lea Herron Michael J Hibberd Mac Hickox Andre Hidi Barbara Hincapie A. Hinchberger Michael Hirsh

Jeff Hirst Catherine B. Hitchcock Helen Hassard Hobbs Anne E. Hofland Andrew Holian David B Honderich Dylan Howes Richard V. Howson Jean Hudson Frederick B. L. Huggett H. Max Hughson Alex Hutchinson Michael Gary Hutchison Brenda Ichikawa Domenico Ientile Marie Ikeda Riivo Ilves Douglas J M Ingram James A. Israel E. N. Jackes-Hughson J. Walter James Craig Jarvis Farshogar R. Jasavala Jeffrey D. Jaskolka James Jeffs Peter Jewett and Robin Campbell Tamara Jewett Heather Johnson Keith E. Johnson

Richard R. Johnson Lisa Rachel Jones Ashwin W. Joshi Robert L. Joynt Marko and Aleks Jugovic Chuck M. Jung Carole Jurenovskis Thomas Kalafatis Janet E. Kalman Jill Kalotay Viiu Kanep Ann Kaplan John S. Karr Terry Kavanagh Nitin S. Kawale Shannon Kelsey John Kennedy and Cathy Sheehan Jessy Khalife Mark Kikot Killingbeck and Johnson Families Andrew S. Kim The Kinahans Andrew J. King Claus Koch Richard S. Kollins Cyndie J. Koning Robert Kotyshyn Nicole Kraumanis

DONOR listing

Karl J. Kremer Adam Krol Donald Krusky George C Kruzyk May Kumoi May Kwok Eric Dryden Kyler Alumnus Gord Lammers Matthew S. Langsford Peter E Larson William R. Lawler Scott Lawrence Alison Lee Angelina Lee-Chan Anne Lee Damian Lee Marianne Lee May Lee Nancy C. Lee Portia E. Leggat Dianne Leidl Andrea J. Lenczner Dayle Ann Levine Megan Catherine Lewicki Karen E. Lewis Cindy Li Roy and Susan Liukkonen Steadman Lloyd Family

Gary R. Logan Rosanne G. Lopers-Sweetman Margaret Ann Lougheed Art Lowe Julie and Graeme Lusk Carl and Barbara Lytollis Daniel Lyzun Janice Macdonald John W. Macdonald Stephen MacDonald Carol MacDougall Robert MacDougall David L. Macintosh Mike Mackie G. Alexander Macklin Trevor J. MacLaine Jane E. M. MacLennan Michael Alan MacLennan Patrick Maddalena Joan D. Maggs Robin L. Maitland Suzana Majcen Ljubo Majhanovich Ann M. Malowany Natalie Mann Sarah M. Manning Mark A. Mannone Carola Mansfield Julia Mansfield

Milos Markovic M. Anne Martin Maurice C. Martin Sally Jo Martin Anne-Marie Mawhinney Frances A. McColl Hamilton C. McDonald Marilyn R. McMahon James H. McMurray McRoberts Family David E. McWatters Brian Merrilees Doris Mertins Eleanor M. Milliken G. D. P. Minardi Boris Mischenko David A. Misener William R. Morgan Emily Morino Wayne Morrissey Nick Moschella and Forbes Hewk Yvonne Moy Peter C. Moylan Tom Muir Janet E. Mullin Robert Munro Kelly Murphy Patricia Murray Kenneth T. Myers

Sean Alexander Myers Joe and Anna Naccarato Rosemary and William Nash Norman W. Naumoff Kaitlin Nay David Naylor Douglas Neal Scott Nesbitt Dianne Neubauer (Walker) Annie Ng Shona Alice Nicholson Dan and Laurie Nixon Joe G. Nizich Brendan Joeseph Noonan Peter H. Norman Ryan Northway Kylie O’Donnell Adam David O’Neill Diane K. J. Oki Jim Omand Shari Orders John M. Osadchuk David M. Oswald Beth Ouellette Brent Page David Page Frank J. Palermo Jocelyn Palm Shaune B. Palmer

Nick Pantaleo, FCA Angela J. Papworth Edward John Parker Joan W. (Dixon) Parkes Susi Patterson Linda Pearlstein Robert Peeling Linda E. Pella Eve E. Pepler-Petit Sandra Petkovic Christopher Pfaff Douglas E. G. Phibbs Martin & Denise Pick Michael Poon W. A. Pete Potter Toni L. Pottier Robert J. Potts Christopher Preobrazenski Paul Preston Ruth Priddle Susan E. Pridham-Abbott Susan C. Smith Priest William J. Priestner Peggy Prince Ann Procyk Robert John Pugsley Philip Pye Hieu T. Quach Maxwell E. Quackenbush

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DONOR listing

Kamini Raghuram David Ramsay - Lafarge Kevin D. Reed Marcel Remillard George Repchuk John Repchuk Laurie E. Ricciuto Douglas Richards Gary Ridout Michele D. Riel Ron Riley Tom Riley Elizabeth A. Ritchey Solange Rivard Serge Rivest Athanasios Rizos Soo-Young Ro Elizabeth M. Roberts Chris Robinson Steven Rockett Alexandra Rodney Christopher J. Rockingham Donald H. Rogers John Rogers Michael Rollason Richard A. Romano June and Jack Rossall Cameron T. Rothery Graham M. Ryding Brandon Rynka David Safran Mike Sami



Jonathan Santos Frederick Sasaki Kate Sauks Toomas P. Sauks William and Meredith Saunderson Barney Savage Mark R. Sazio David and Susan Scandiffio Susan Schaepsmeyer Walter Schmida Barbara Schultz Norman M. Seagram Janice Seagrove Rocco Sebastiano Jennifer Seidel Dr. Karen Selwyn Ray Seto Raymond James Seto Trevor D. Shamas John Sharp Geoffrey B. Shaw Patti-Jo McLellan and Jim Shaw Mary Anne Shewchuk Laura Shuttleworth Barbara R. Sibbald Gurmeet K. Sidhu Philip Siller Enid E. Sills Ann C. Simmons Donald H. and Mary Simpson Jason D. Singer

Danielle Skipp Andrew Slater David M. Smerek Jeffrey Smith Jodi Rebecca Smith Richard J. Solomon Tara Somerville Joseph Christian Campbell Somody Jon Soules J. Spicer and P. Trott Cathy Spoel Alex Squires W. Gordon D. Squires A. Brian St. John Blake A Stairs Elizabeth Stanton Michael G. Steele Paul Steen Jolan B. Storch Sandra D. Strachan Merrily Stratten John G. Stulac John A. Swan Carl Swantee Helena Syptak Nabil Tadros Timur Taha Annie Tai Christina Tam Mandy Tarder-Kadaner Jodie Taylor

Shane Taylor Tony Tedesco Marlon J. Teekah Viv Teixeira Mark and Michele Teskey Tulip Thai Mike and Anne Thicke Scott Thomas Stephen Thomas Sally Ann Thorne Marie Fiala Timlin Hazel Campbell Tomlinson Anne M. Tonisson LeRoux Froebel Lianne Trachtenberg Lori Track Everton C. Treasure Corinna Tremonti Alice Tsang Eric Tse Jane Tucker Norman A. Turner Ed Upenieks John Upenieks Senior Alumni University of Toronto Federico Vaccaro Ernesto Valente Paul Van De Velde Nelles H. Van Loon John Vanderbeek Thomas & Shirley Vandor

Susan Ventura John G. Vernon Ron Versteeg John Vidovich Virginia C. Vincent Jim Virginillo Vlahiotis Family Taimi Voksepp Nicholas P. Volpe Andrei Vovk Ron Walbank Valerie Walker Don Walters Muriel L. and Wesley Warden Barry Watson David J. Watt John Watt Tom Watt Nancy A. Webb James W. Webster John and Arlene Weekes Janet S. White Tracey White Ronald Whiteside John A. Wildman Hugh J. Williams Paul T. Willis Deborah Wilson Gail E. Wilson Iona Wing Charles Wong Howard Wong

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M. Ling Wong Raymond Wong Michelle Wood Chris Woodcroft Thomas D. Woods Cara Worthington Charles E. Wright E. Jane Wright Janice Wright Bob and Joan Wright Tracey Wright Christina Wun Cui Xu Anthony Yeung Latifa Yeung and Patrick Cheung Ellen Zalecki Raymond Zaremba Linda Zernask Yang Zhou Adam Zimmerman Michael Zuberec Daina J. Zukauskas

Corporations & Foundations 2151241 Ontarion Inc. Amigos Restaurant Air Conditioning Experts Alex Chiu Annual Golf Tournament AWC Manufacturing Inc. Bayshore Pharmacy Ltd Beeforth Enterprises Betty and Chris Wansbrough Family Foundation at the Toronto Community Foundation Booster Juice Bright Pics Inc. C.H. Excavating (London) Ltd. Centre Ice Training Academy Inc. Cisco Systems Canada Co. Coach Canada (Trentway-Wager Inc) Coca-Cola Ltd. Cornbill Associates Cyntek Industrial Inc. Daddyo’s Pasta & Salads Dan Healey Electric Limited DJK Contracting Dr. Austin Andrews Dentistry Professional Corporation Filemobile Fitness Institute Foundation F und in Memory of Lloyd Percival at the Toronto Community Foundation

Front Construction Industries Inc. Gallery Construction Limited Golf Canada Foundation Graffiti Just a Memory Inc. Hemingways Restaurant & Patio Bar High Point Investments Limited Imago Restaurants Inc. ING Direct Inland Audio Visual J. Bradley Krusky Professional Corporation John Boddy Homes John Deere Foundation of Canada Kaplan (Canada) Ltd. KPMG LLP Krusky Pool Services Inc. K’s Kaytering Marriott Toronto Bloor Yorkville Meridian Credit Union Mill Creek Motor Freight LP Mississauga Sports Council North Toronto Baseball Camp Ontario Custom Glass Pizza Pizza Limited R. I. Algie Medicine Professional Corporation RBC Dominion Securities Matching Gift Program RBC Foundation Remillard Seed Farm

Restorex Disaster Restoration Running Renaissance Sambrook Media Corporation Sonor Foundation The Davenport Family Foundation The Lawrence & Judith Tanenbaum Family Charitable Foundation The McQuillan Group Inc. The Queen’s Club Travelers Transportation Services Inc. University of Toronto - Bookstore Valente & Sons Custom Homes Ltd. Wilson Sports Equipment Canada Inc. Zipcar

King’s College Circle Heritage Society Justine Elizabeth Blainey-Broker Sharon and Jim Bradley Robin Campbell Paul H. Carson W. George Cass Anne K. Chun Ronald Crawford Colin Doyle Elizabeth A. Earle Ben Fedunchak

Kim Fowler Helen Gurney C. M. Victor Harding J. Barrett Healy Bill Huycke Bruce Kidd Peter Klavora Terry D. Knight Byron MacDonald Peter Maik Jean McFall Paul Titanic Sheila Vierin Gary and Pat Vipond Ron Walbank James W. Webster Gail E. Wilson Wayne D. Yetman Adam Zimmerman Wendy Zufelt-Baxter

10 Anonymous Donors

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PHOTO/ Jaime Hogge

I’m getting emotional here. Basketball was my whole life.”


Once a self-confessed basketball junkie, this successful chartered accountant and dedicated supporter of the Blues women’s basketball team hopes her contributions help other young women get as much out of the game as she did. Anne Chun lived for basketball. A reluctant student in her native Hong Kong, a 12-year-old Chun relied on the call of the court to get her to school. “We had a very good team, and to get on it I packed my uniform in my backpack, ran uphill for a mile to my school, trained in the morning, at recess, during lunch and after school,” she recalls, with a pensive pause. “I’m getting emotional here. Basketball was my whole life.” Chun’s early determination paid off when she and some of her high school teammates were selected to represent Hong Kong at the first Asian schools basketball competition in Singapore. There she met a young woman named Tsai Chang, who was competing for the host country, and the two bonded. Years later, on Canadian soil as a second-year commerce student, Chun met Chang again – this time as a fellow Blue. “That was a really terrific surprise!” Chun came to U of T after starting her university career in the United States. The draw was the strength of the accounting program, but she says sport had an equal impact on her university days. “The experience was tremendous because it allowed me to play the sport I love. I always believed in not just focusing on books and academics; I believed from a young age that it’s very important to be physically active and I’ve lived that my whole life.”

While Chun has enjoyed a range of sports over the years – today she stays active at the gym and on the golf course – she says the team work in basketball appealed to her most. “When you get involved in a team sport, you get skills working with a lot of different personalities, just like at work and in life. That’s why I really want to support the program at U of T.” For many years Chun was busy building a career, but a reunion organized by former coach Sharon Bradley reconnected her with U of T. Then in 2007, Chun received a basketball signed by the Blues women’s team and “it hit an emotional nerve.” With the help of Robin Campbell, executive director of advancement, she established the Anne Chun Women’s Basketball Award of Merit, an annual award that will be given in perpetuity. She followed up her commitment in 2012 with a planned gift, in her will, directed to continued support for women’s basketball and the Women’s Athletic Association Trust, which supports women’s athletics at U of T. Chun says it was always in the back of her mind to give back when she could, and she hopes others like her will be inspired to support their respective teams in some way. “I hope more people will think about what they can do – whether it’s in their will or during their lifetime. It really helps the athletes.” That signed basketball has pride of place in Chun’s study, a reminder of the sport she loves and the school where she ended her basketball career. But mostly it’s a symbol of the potential and the dreams of the student-athletes who came after her. “Coming to the [awards] ceremonies is a lot of fun – hearing what these great students have done and receiving some lovely letters from the recipients. I’m getting emotional again!”

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Alumni Updates Getting together

Career Café

Over 70 undergrad students connected with U of T alumni at the Faculty’s fourth annual Career Café on February 26. Through a series of round table discussions, students gained insight into various career paths, from education and nursing to personal training and sport marketing. Proving it is never too early to start expanding their professional networks, the mostly first- and second-year students embraced the opportunity to gather tips and advice from professionals who had once been in their shoes as U of T undergrads. This year’s event saw attendance jump by over 40 per cent, suggesting that more students are interested in getting a head start at shaping their career goals.

Organizers of the event hope that this chance to connect students with alumni spanning over several industries will offer an education that extends beyond the classroom. “It’s important that all students begin to explore career options early in their undergraduate degree,” says David Avendano Gutte, a fourth-year kinesiology student who helped to emcee the event. “Kinesiology, physical education and health provide such diverse career opportunities. Our goal is to help students discover their passion and turn it into a career that they love.”–AH If you are interested in taking part in the 2014 Career Café, please contact us at alumni.kpe@utoronto.ca

Pictured/ Dan Thompson (PHE 8T1, Swimming) talks to students about the world of sport marketing



PHOTO/ Jing-Ling Kao-Beserve

PHE 6T4 and 6T6

Back row: Joy Parker, Sue Caldwell, Margo van Zeyl Front row: Jane Cramm, Juli Roslin, Lynda Andrew, Sue Somerset, Jan Dean

PHE alumnae who graduated in 1965 and 1966 gathered last fall to celebrate the anniversary of the first time they met at the University of Toronto, 50 years ago. The reunion took place at Sue Somerset’s home in Mississauga.


In celebration of their 45th anniversary, the women of the class of 6T7 gathered at Harbord House Pub near U of T campus. The women were joined by Marina Van der Merwe, who coached Varsity Blues field hockey and swimming teams in the 1960s.

Back Row: Kathy (Decker) Coyle, Anne (Kubar) Rungi, Bev (Osborne) Peat, Lynn (Clarke) Kennedy, Carol (McBain) Clarke, Miss Marina Van der Merwe, Andrea (Smith) Childs, Dana (Sinclair) Howald, Lillian Mitchell Front Row: Gloria (Culbert) McMillan, Rhoda (Albaum) Silzer, Sally (Bushell) Burkett, Mary (Carmichael) Lee, Carmen (Mauer) Giachino, Leslie (Knight) James

T-Holders’ Association Annual General Meeting

There is a change of the guard in T-Holders’ Association leadership. The annual general meeting took place on December 4, 2012, where the group was consulted on the Faculty’s sport model review. Following the meeting, Victor Harding (Trinity 7T0, Squash, Rugby) was elected as president of the association.

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Alumni Updates

Getting Together

Hockey night out

On March 8, over 200 University of Toronto alumni gathered at the historic Varsity Arena to cheer on the Blues women’s hockey team during the CIS championships. Alumni watched a great game as the Blues defeated the UBC Thunderbirds in a 5-4 shootout second round game. Afterwards, the coaching staff and players greeted the fans in the Blue and White lounge. Read more about the women’s team on page 11.

Women’s soccer

alumnae game On March 10, Varsity Blues women’s soccer alumnae with graduation dates ranging from 1991 to 2012 met for a friendly fundraiser game against the current Blues team. After a competitive match, the graduates met the coaching team and enjoyed a post-game social at the Duke of York, a sponsor of the Varsity Blues.



The University of Toronto’s Spring Reunion is just around the corner! From Wednesday, May 29 to Sunday June 2, the campus will be alive with activity as U of T hosts several signature events as well as a number of Faculty-specific gatherings. The honoured years are classes whose year of graduation ends in 3 or 8. Please visit www.springreunion.utoronto.ca to view all of the events and to RSVP. Some events for individual PHE/KPE classes are listed below. For more information, please contact the individuals listed or Masha Kennedy, manager of alumni relations, at masha.kennedy@utoronto.ca or 416.946.5126. If you are planning an event and need our help promoting it, please contact Masha.

PHE 6T3 – 50th Reunion

PHE 7T3 – 40th Reunion

PHE 0T8 – 5th Reunion

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:00 a.m. tee time at Glen Cedars Golf Club or 12:00 p.m. BBQ lunch at Camp Robin Hood, Markham ON

Class representatives Stephen Fraser and Linda (Pausch) Heel are looking for your feedback regarding the best date for a reunion.

Jays Game Night out Fee: $15

5:00 p.m. dinner at Camp Robin Hood, Markham ON

Please contact Stephen at thefras49@gmail.com or Masha Kennedy at masha.kennedy@utoronto.ca

Details: www.phe50.ca Contact: Joanne Moyle joannemoyle@me.com

Contact: Masha Kennedy masha.kennedy@utoronto.ca

Alumni Updates

Track and field fundraiser a strong success The Varsity Blues track and field program kicked off a new annual tradition in style, raising over $26,000 at a reception and auction on February 2. Hosted by the men’s and women’s track teams, in collaboration with the Junior Blues Development Program, the event brought together 130 guests, including past and current athletes and parents of Junior Blues participants. Three-time Olympian and television personality Rosey Edeh emceed the evening and led the auction bidding. Peter Jewett, the proud father of Blues athletes Tamara and Rachel Jewett, spoke about the importance of the Junior Blues program in the development of young athletes.

Track legend Andy Higgins was recognized for his recent Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal honour (see page 37), while Beth Ali, the Faculty’s director of intercollegiate and high performance sport, joined track head coach Carl Georgevski to express pride in and vision for the University’s track programs. “This is a tremendous group of athletes, at both the varsity and the junior development level,” says Ali. “They deserve the very best support they can get, and events like this go a long way in helping us to provide that support.” Save the date for the second annual reception, planned for January 18, 2014.

Upcoming events University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame

Varsity Blues Golf Tournaments 2013

Join us as we honour U of T’s finest athletes, builders and teams. See back cover for a listing of the 2013 inductees.

Men’s Hockey Tuesday, June 9, 2013 King's Riding Golf Club Contact: Darren Lowe at 416.978.3083 darren.lowe@utoronto.ca

Thursday, June 6, 2013 6:00 p.m. reception, Great Hall, Hart House 7:30 p.m. ceremony, Hart House Theatre 7 Hart House Circle


Tickets: $30 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under Call 416.978.8849 or visit www.uofttix.ca

Women’s Hockey Saturday, September 14, 2013 Angus Glen Golf Club Contact: Vicky Sunohara at vicky.sunohara@utoronto.ca

Canadian Sport Film Festival

Men’s and Women’s Golf Contact: Chris Torotorice at cgtortorice@hotmail.com

June 6-8, 2013 TIFF Bell Lightbox Details: www.sportfilmfestival.ca Contact: sportfilmfestival@gmail.com

For further information about golf tournaments or reunion events, please contact Masha Kennedy at masha.kennedy@utoronto.ca or 416.946.5126.


Alumni Updates

Class Notes 1940s



Helen Gurney

Victor Harding

Brock Aaron Laschowski

UC 4T0, Basketball, Swimming

Trinity 7T0, Squash, Rugby


Helen was celebrated with the Sport Builder Award at the annual Ontario Sport Awards in April. The award recognizes her many leadership roles in physical education and athletics in the province. In recent years the many organizations in which Helen played key roles have recognized her contribution with their top awards. She was inducted into the Windsor and Essex County Sports Hall of Fame, received the CAAWS “Herstorical Award”, was honoured with both the Queen’s Silver and Golden Jubilee Awards, and has been named one of the “Women of Distinction” in the sport category by the YWCA.

After serving on the board of directors for the T-Holders’ Association for two years, Victor was elected as the newest president of the T-Holders’ Association, an active volunteer group representing all Varsity Blues alumni. He has been a dedicated volunteer and fundraiser for the Varsity Blues squash program. For 30 years, Victor was a nationally- and internationally-ranked squash player.

Brock and fourth-year PHE student Katherine Cornacchia were engaged on December 21, 2012 on the steps of University College. Their courtship began during Frosh Week and ODP camp and went on to span various Blues games and many hours of studying. The couple plan to wed once they finish their studies. Brock is completing a master’s of science degree in biomechanics at the University of Western Ontario and Catherine hopes to attend teachers’ college next year.

1980s Nancy Lee Victoria 8T2, Swimming

1950s Hon. Monte Harris PHE 5T4, UC 5T6, Track and Field

Judge Monte Harris was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on January 21. He was one of eleven recipients to receive the honour in recognition of outstanding service to The Salvation Army and the community.



Mai Linh Ngo PHE 0T3

Nancy has been appointed as an alumni member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto for a three-year term beginning July 1. She served as the president of the T-Holders’ Association for two years, and has been the driving force behind re-engaging the Varsity Blues alumni voice.


Andy Higgins

Michelle Brownrigg

PHE 5T9, UC 6T0, Med 7T8, Track and Field, Wrestling

PHE 9T2, MSc 9T7, Volleyball

A former Arbor Award recipient and University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Andy was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to coaching development and education through the National Coaching Certification Program.

Ryan Wakelin

The current director of physical activity and equity in the Faculty, Michelle was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on February 1 (see story on page 6).

Former classmates Ryan Wakelin and Mai Linh Ngo welcomed their first child, Thai Frederick Wakelin, on March 11, 2012. The couple started dating in their third year at the Faculty and got married after graduating. Both families are overjoyed, especially Thai’s proud grandfather, Ron Wakelin, PHE 6T8.

Harley Pasternak MSc 0T0

Harley greeted fans on March 19 at the launch of his new book, The Body Reset Diet at the old grounds of Maple Leaf Gardens. Harley is a New York Times best-selling author and continues to be a go-to trainer to many Hollywood stars. He completed his master’s work in exercise physiology and nutritional sciences under the supervision of thenadjunct professor Ira Jacobs.

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Alumni Updates

In Memory Dr. David L. MacIntosh More than 60 years ago, as U of T’s active and energetic students were creating a growing demand for sport medicine services, Dr. David MacIntosh was recruited to the Hart House Surgery to extend student-athlete care at what is now believed to be North America’s first sport medicine clinic. “Dr. Mac”, as many knew him, made legendary contributions to both the world of orthopaedic sport medicine and to the University of Toronto itself.  A brilliant pioneer whose work benefit people around the world, Dr. MacIntosh passed away peacefully on January 12 at the age of 98. During his early years at U of T, many of Dr. MacIntosh’s patients were students who suffered from torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL), an often-debilitating injury of the knee. His surgical talents and hands-on experience led him to discover the best diagnostic test and

Nick Thierry

Architecture 6T4, Swimming World swimming authority, writer and statistician Nick Thierry died at the age of 73 on October 2, 2012. A native of Hungary, Nick fell in love with swimming when his family moved to Cuba and then Toronto. He swam competitively for the University of Toronto and began coaching here in 1961. After completing a degree in architecture in 1964 he worked in that field for four years before returning to his first love: swimming. Nick coached Canadian swimmers who qualified for



pioneer the world’s first successful surgery for the management of ACL injuries, both groundbreaking developments in the field. In 1979 sport medicine at Hart House migrated to the Warren Stevens Building, where the renowned David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic continues to thrive today. Dr. MacIntosh retired in 1984, but his legacy continues in the legions of physicians and surgeons who honed their expertise under his guidance. Dr. MacIntosh was honoured with the Thomas R. Loudon Award for outstanding service to athletics and recreation in 1980, and was inducted into the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame as a builder in 2005. For information about how to donate to the David L. MacIntosh Clinic, see the inside back cover.

the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympic teams. He saw a need for statistics and recordkeeping in the sport, so swimmers would know who and what times they were chasing when they trained. For decades, he was the official records keeper and statistician for FINA, swimming’s international governing body. Nick founded the monthly SwimNews Magazine in 1974 and established SwimNews.com in the 1990s. Both were well-respected sources of domestic and international news in the swim community. He is survived by his older brother George Thierry.

Alumni Updates

Margaret Farnell (nee Fairley)

Joan Elizabeth Heiberg (nee McCleary)

Robert John Pugsley



PHE 6T0, Intramural Hockey

Margaret passed away in her 87th year in Victoria, B. C., on December 25, 2011. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, William, her daughter and grandchildren. During the 1970s, she co-authored two books for the Centre of Criminology. She later turned her research skills to genealogy, writing family histories of the Farnells and the Fairleys. Margaret was an avid reader, gardener and adventurer who loved travel.

On October 28, 2012, Joan passed away at 88 years of age. Joan was a highly-regarded teacher at White Oaks Secondary School and Malvern Collegiate, an adored and inspiring physiotherapist at Lyndhurst Lodge, an artist, a dedicated dictionary reader and the Queen of Crosswords.

Robert John Pugsley died on January 20, 2013. Dear brother of Thomas, husband of Judy Lou, loving father of Rob, Taylor and James, brother-in-law of Judy, proud uncle of Katie, David, Sarah, Doug and Lynn, father-in-law of Cheryl, Lina and Megan, and grandfather to Courtney, Violet and Evelyn.

Lewis Martin

Eleanor Williamson



Helen Fry

Lew passed away suddenly in his 70th year in Kingston on November 2, 2012. He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife Joan, his children Allison and Paul, Jacob and Clare, Stefan and Kate and his grandchildren, Grace and Katie, whom he dearly adored. Lew leaves with us a legacy of love and great family values.

Eleanor passed away in her 86th year on November 7, 2012. Eleanor was a champion swimmer with Lakeshore Swim Club. After graduating from U of T, she taught for many years at various high schools in Etobicoke and was actively involved in politics. She is greatly missed by her family and friends.

PHE 4T6, Basketball

Helen Sydney Isobel “Syd� Fry died on March 8, 2012 at the age of 71. After graduating from U of T, Syd spent her next 31 years as a dedicated teacher and coach at Alderwood and Burnhamthorpe Collegiate high schools in Etobicoke. Her love for her many family pets, woodworking, spending time at her cottage, and singing old familiar favourites were just a few of her wonderful, fun-loving qualities.

Mary Harvey (nee McConney) PHE 4T5

Mary Harvey passed away on January 10, 2012 at the age of 88. She is sadly missed by her husband, children, brother and the rest of her family and friends.

Mary Palmer (nee Watson) PHE 4T9

Mary Aileen Palmer passed away in Guelph on January 16. Loving wife of Charles for 62 years and beloved mother, she will be deeply missed by her children and grandchildren. Mary was a long-time sportswoman who loved playing tennis and golf.

Other PHE alumni who have passed away include: John Philip Henderson PHE 5T2, Track and Field

Olive Saunders PHE 4T7

Our condolences to family and friends.

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Time OUT

Blades and Glory By Althea Blackburn-Evans

When the 1960-61 Blues women’s hockey team boarded a Star scorer Linda Maki (Pella) led the charge, one of the first Toronto-bound train after a tournament in Kingston, Ontario, to have her skates signed by The Rocket. Pella recalls that the they were in store for a thrilling surprise. Originating in steely Richard didn’t crack a smile while he obliged. Perhaps Montreal, that train also held members of the Montreal he was lamenting his recent retirement or simply thinking, Canadians. The conductor ushered the giddy young women ‘What are women doing playing hockey?’ two by two into the breakfast cart to meet the NHL greats, among them Maurice “The Rocket” Richard and Frank But his stoicism didn’t deflate the girls’ enthusiasm. The Blues Mahovlich. went on to become a terrific inspiration in intercollegiate sport, reviving women’s hockey at the varsity level and capturing the intercollegiate invitational hockey tournament the following season. Today’s Blues women are in the presence of another hockey legend: head coach and three-time Olympian Vicky Sunohara. In March Sunohara and her team proudly welcomed standout student-athletes from across the country, as host of the CIS women’s hockey championships.




Remembering David L. MacIntosh 1914-2013 Legacy of Sport Medicine More than 60 years ago, as U of T’s active and energetic students were creating a growing demand for sport medicine services, Dr. David MacIntosh was recruited to the Hart House Surgery to extend student-athlete care at what is now believed to be North America’s first sport medicine clinic. “Dr. Mac”, as many knew him, made legendary contributions to both the world of orthopaedic sport medicine and to the University of Toronto itself. In 1979 the Hart House clinic moved to the Warren Stevens Building in the Athletic Centre. In 2014, the renowned David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic will make another move to the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport (currently under construction). The clinic’s services are available to anyone with sport- or exercise-related injuries or inquiries. A comprehensive sport medicine care facility, the MacIntosh Clinic’s staff includes certified athletic therapists, sport physiotherapists, sport massage therapists, sport physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, a certified pedorthist and a registered psychologist (in clinical neuropsychology). Contributing to the clinic is a great way to honour the memory of Dr. Mac., a brilliant pioneer whose work benefitted patients literally around the world. Dr. MacIntosh passed away peacefully on January 12, 2013 at the age of 98.

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This year’s inductees include: Athletes Warren Anderson

PHE 1975, OISE 1977 Hockey

Nancy Ballantyne

PHE 1971, OISE 1972 Badminton

Robert Gibson

UTSC, BA 1983 Golf

Elizabeth Hollihan

Victoria College, HBA 1996 Swimming

John Mullett

Dentistry 1942 Soccer, Tennis

Alice Ridout

PhD Philosophy 2004 Tennis

David Scandiffio

St. Michael’s College, BSc 1994 Football

Leslie Wilson

PHE 1991 Track & Field

David Scandiffio

Builder Frank Pindar

Champion of intercollegiate sport

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