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CIANNA LIEFFERS officiates hockey at the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Full story on page 10.
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Dean's message Dr. Chad London.
Friend of the College Award Winner
Read more on this year’s recipients, Dr. Marlys Misfeldt
Huskie studentathlete ready to compete for Canada
KIN Year In Review
See how we've made progress on the goals of our Strategic Plan 2025.
Publication Date Fall 2022
Published by the College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan
Nicole Osterag is a rising track and field star getting ready to compete for Canada
14 Kin alumna graduate officiates Olympic Games. It is a dream come true for Cianna Lieffers.
16 Dr. Chad London bodes farewell
6 Try-Sport League launched by postdoc fellow
Dr. Chad London will be stepping down as dean effective December 31, 2022.
24 Women's health top of mind for Reimer
Kinesiology alumna, Myranda Reimer (BSKI'14) takes a closer look at pelvic care.
Giving inner city kids the chance at sport
9 Kinesiology student named to Racquetball Canada's Pan Am Team
10 Zerr selected in the 2022 CFL Draft
Kinesiology student, Noah Zerr was selected in the second round, with the 12th pick by the BC Lions.
Cover photo: Submitted by Cianna Lieffers
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Empowerment Pacs Fourth year student, Topaza Yu, is helping address local barriers to access of menstrual products in Saskatchewan.
Graduates from the class of 1971 and 1972 made there way back to campus in June 2022.
USask Prof says extreme cold can be ideal for exercise Dr. Phil Chilibeck practices what he teaches while exercising in the cold.
(BA)PE '71 and '72 class reunion
Orange You Ready?
An educational communiy learning process.
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26 Diving into the Saskatoon Hall of Fame
Ron Friesen (BA)PE'71 is having his name called to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame after a successful diving career.
the 4 Seasons of Reconciliation program to our students, staff and faculty. The program is based on a series of modules developed in partnership with First Nations University of Canada. The College facilitated several group sessions each term allowing participants to reflect on and discuss what they read and watched in the modules. This program was well received and was a good step towards helping people discover truth. Additionally, the College, in partnership with the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning, also piloted a unique active reconciliation program this year called “Orange You Ready?” which you can read about in this issue.
It has been another interesting year for the College of Kinesiology! Once again, we navigated through various challenges offered by the COVID-19 pandemic. As can been seen in this issue of KINNECTION, we had many successes along the way. Our enrollment has continued to grow and because of our wonderful instructors and staff, we were able to offer courses and supports in a variety of formats over the year to create a safe and productive learning environment for our students. This year we also took some action on reconciliation, celebrated student and alumni achievements, engaged with our community and continued our research success. The discoveries of unmarked graves at a number of former residential school sites this past year was yet another motivator for the College to continue to look for ways to promote and actively participate in reconciliation. This year, the College offered
This edition of KINNECTION highlights a number of remarkable achievements by our students and alumni. From a Physiotherapist focusing on women’s health, to athletic successes in track and field, football and racquetball, to some amazing coaches, to our cover story about alumna Cianna Lieffers at the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games. We hope that you enjoy all of these inspiring stories. Community engagement is critical for the College and this issue showcases two great examples from this past year. First, Dr. Kenzie Friesen’s innovative Try-Sport League showed how sport and its many benefits can be made accessible for kids who may not have the resources to participate in traditional offerings. You can also read about fourth year kinesiology student Topaza Yu’s efforts to address accessibility barriers to women’s reproductive health products and information in Saskatoon. Again, some inspiring stories.
and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, from national organizations such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Diabetes Canada, from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, and from industry partners such as the Dairy Farmers of Canada and the Egg Farmers of Canada. Over the summer I had the privilege of welcoming the Classes of 71/72 as part of their 50-year reunion event. It was great to talk with them; getting a glimpse into the College’s past and learning about their amazing life stories. During our tour of the PAC, many alumni commented on the exciting opportunities that are now available to our students. In this issue, you can read up on the reunion and on one of the members of that class, Ron Friesen, who was recently inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame. Finally, on behalf of the College of Kinesiology, I would like to extend a warm thank you to Dr. Chad London for his service and leadership as our Dean these past six years. Chad is moving on to a new leadership role at Mount Royal University and we wish him all the best. A lot has been accomplished during Chad’s tenure and he leaves the College well positioned to take on any challenges and new opportunities that await us. - Dr. Joel Lanovaz, Interim Dean
Researchers in the College continued to have success this past year with major projects receiving funding from federal government agencies such as Social Sciences
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2021-2022 COLLEGE OF KINESIOLOGY
YEAR IN REVIEW Last year we made significant progress towards achieving the goals of our five-year plan. Here is how we did it.
DEVELOP SCHOLARS AND LEARNERS
undergraduate students up 7.3% from 2021.
COMMITMENT TO RECONCILIATION
ENGAGE WITH COMMUNITY
USask Rec & HPC
4 seasons of reconciliation
program for staff, faculty, and students in the college.
launched a partnership with City of Saskatoon Fire department for new recruit testing.
provided both in-person and virtual learning opportunities. Successfully ran
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events for students. One of the only colleges to offer full
support for students.
Launched the new
USask Rec App
Piloted the Orange You Ready Program with the GMCTL.
with over 5,000 downloads.
Hosted the (BA)PE
self-declared Indigenous student enrolment.
Class of ‘71 & ‘72 reunion.
SEEK DISCOVERY FOR IMPACT Launched the 2022
College of Kinesiology Research Showcase.
A partnership between the College of Kinesiology Graduate Student Society and the College of Kinesiology.
11 major research grants from national, provincial and industry sources awarded to kinesiology faculty. SHHRC funded project in partnership with Huskie Athletics to create physical activity and sport opportunities for Indigenous girls on and off reserve.
Dr. Kenzie Friesen (PhD), a post-doctoral fellow in USask’s College of Kinesiology, started the Try-Sport League in 2021. (Photo: Louis Christ)
Photo submitted by Michelle Keene.
Try-Sport League launched by kinesiology post-doc fellow in Saskatoon ALYSSA WIEBE, COLLEGE OF KINESIOLOGY
Many inner city kids miss out on the opportunity to try multiple sports, if any, every year in Saskatchewan. A University of Saskatchewan (USask) kinesiology postdoctoral fellow saw an opportunity to focus her research and funding to help provide opportunities to inner city youth by launching the Try-Sport League.
Dr. Kenzie Friesen (PhD), a post-doctoral fellow in USask’s College of Kinesiology, started the Try-Sport League to offer an opportunity—free of charge—for youth ages 8-11. The league name was chosen by Friesen to reflect that participants were able to try out multiple sports over the summer.
For the duration of six weeks, each participant was assigned to a team with a coach. The teams were able to chose a name, build team spirit, and foster camaraderie as they moved through each sport experience. KINNECTION 2022
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Each one-hour session included a warm-up and practice portion, followed by a game against one of the other teams. The coach was provided with the equipment and T-shirts for each participant. “I played a lot of sports growing up, but I realize how lucky I was to be able to do that,” said Friesen. “Sport is expensive, and nowadays there is this ‘early professionalization’ of youth sport, where young sports leagues require steep financial costs and unreasonably busy practice/game schedules. If the current sporting infrastructure norms were this way back when I was playing sport, I would not have been able to compete in nearly as many sports.” Friesen explained that research shows the many physical, emotional, and social advantages to being able to sample multiple sports. Besides losing out on the benefits of sport sampling, the current sporting infrastructure makes it extremely difficult for kids from lower-income households to participate altogether, as they require too much time and too much money. This program was dedicated to those who are traditionally left out from sport or who do not have the resources or funds to participate.
Creating a league of this type requires financial and community support. As the lead, Friesen came up with the concept design, applied for and obtained the funding, and organized all activities. She applied for a grant through the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program and also credits the league’s partner charity, Westmount Community Association. All activities were held at Scott Park in the Westmount Community area. “We offered the program in Saskatoon, but the hope is to incorporate it in more communities as we found it to be great, affordable, and a feasible way to have kids with less opportunities access multiple sports,” said Friesen. Aside from having the community support for space, other partners stepped in to donate or sponsor equipment, such as SportChek, the Saskatoon 4H Club, Al Anderson’s Source for Sports, Saskatoon Parks, as well as friends and family.
“The most rewarding part was seeing how much the players improved from start to finish. The first session of every new sport was always a bit challenging trying to explain the rules and skills associated with that specific sport, but by the final sessions, it was amazing to see the players engaging in the game as if they’d been training for weeks, not just a matter of days.”
Friesen noted that the participants loved the program and the parents were overwhelmed with the skill of the volunteer coaches, the organization, and the snacks offered.
“It is wonderful that the kids who don’t have cabins and lake getaways get some physical activity, fun with other kids and some time away from electronics,” said a parent of a participant.
A program of this type runs on support from donors and volunteers. Third-year kinesiology student Hannah Verity volunteered for this program because team sports were a huge part of her childhood. She wanted to pay forward all of the time and energy her coaches devoted to her development as a player. “I recognized the countless benefits associated with participating in team sports as a kid and I felt empowered to support a program that made these benefits accessible to all, especially those who maybe couldn’t afford to play sports otherwise,” said Verity.
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Kinesiology student named to Racquetball Canada’s Pan American Championship Team Cassie Prentice will join six other teammates, both male and female, from across Canada in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia in April 2022. The team was selected based on results of national events held throughout the season. CovidPacs are care packages that contain Prentice was introduced to the sport at just five years old because her uncle owned RiverRacquet. She watched her brother, Tanner Prentice, enjoy the sport and it didn’t take long for her to follow suit. “My favourite thing about racquetball is definitely the adrenaline felt within the competitive environment of the sport,” said Prentice. “However, I also love the familylike community aspect of the sport and the opportunities to travel the world while representing my country.” Prentice is a third-year kinesiology student and trains once a week at the Physical Activity Complex with other Team Canada members and her coach, Tim Landeryou. On her days off, you can find her practicing solo on the courts between classes and homework. “My studies through the College of Kinesiology have helped me prepare as an athlete by enhancing my time management skills to train for racquetball. There are several aspects of classes that I have been able to apply to my training to make sure I am getting the greatest benefits from the different programs I complete.”
This will be Prentice's first elite international tournament with Team Canada. As a junior athlete, she competed for Canada at five Junior World Championship events, winning silver in 2018 in doubles. She also recently won gold in women's open doubles at the Canadian Championships held this past September.
“I am excited to be competing in my first Pan Am Championships! I have played on the world stage for Canada as a junior and I’m happy to continue my journey fulfilling my dreams as a Team Canada athlete.”
Prentice has had many influencers throughout her career, but none as big as her brother, Tanner. From an early on encouragement on the court to becoming her biggest cheerleader off it, family has been her biggest inspiration throughout the years.
“I just want to thank all of my friends and family who have been there to support me throughout my journey of fulfilling my Team Canada dreams.”
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Noah Zerr selected in the
2022 CFL draft.
Zerr, was selected in the second round, with pick 12 and has also accepted an invite to the New York Giants Rookie Mini-Camp.
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Noah Zerr, was selected in the second round, with pick 12 by the BC Lions and also accepted an invite to the New York Giants Rookie Mini-Camp. 72 Huskies have been selected in the history of the CFL Draft in the history of the modern era draft, as Nathan Cherry, Noah Zerr and Riley Pickett all etched their names into the program's record books on Tuesday night, after all three were selected by the BC Lions in the 2022 CFL Draft. The three selections marked the first time since 1989 that three Huskies were selected to one team in the same CFL Draft. Noah Zerr is a fourth-year kinesiology student from Langenburg, Saskatchewan. Zerr didn’t have to wait too long to hear his name called on draft night as he was selected in the second round, 12th overall by the BC Lions. Zerr became the seventh Huskies offensive lineman since 2010 to be selected in the CFL Draft and fifth in the first three rounds. “It's going be a really good spot for him. I know that they'll develop them and they'll get him ready to play at the CFL level,” said Flory. “At the end of it, you just want that opportunity and for him going to a good spot there and then being coached by an alumnus in Kelly Bates out there, who is the offensive line coach is a great thing too. I don't know how much Kelly had in the draft, but I don't doubt that there's a little bit of influence there.” The Zerr selection comes after it was announced earlier in the day that he had accepted to New York Giants rookie mini-camp.
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Empowerment Pacs and the student behind the initiative ALYSSA WIEBE | KINESIOLOGY
Fourth year kinesiology student, Topaza Yu, is helping local Saskatoon organizations to address barriers to access of menstrual products and SRHR healthcare. Empowerment Pacs are care-packages containing ethically made menstrual products. Each pack contains one menstrual cup, one box each of tampons, pads, and panty liners, and a comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) booklet. The booklet discusses basic contraceptive care and includes a list of websites that people can refer to for youth-friendly SRHR resources. “I wanted my impact in creating a more accessible, inclusive, equitable world to be in the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) sector. Through my experiences in the SRHR sector and with the NYAB, I have learnt the disheartening reality of period poverty”, said Yu. Period poverty is the lack of access to menstrual products, toilets, handwashing facilities, proper waste management, and menstrual hygiene education. It is caused by the cultural shame attached to menstruation and a lack of access to menstrual resources.
The development of Empowerment Pacs first started with Yu applying to Oxfam Canada for a $5000 grant with a goal of producing 100 care packages to distribute to students at the University of Saskatchewan. Once her application was approved, she wasted little time and ordered the materials she needed to start building each package. Yu collaborated with the Women’s Centre at the University of Saskatchewan to help distribute the packages across campus. The mission of Empowerment Pacs is to provide accessible and free menstrual products and SRHR resources to post-secondary students at the University of Saskatchewan. These packages can be picked up free of charge at the Women’s Centre and the student lounge in the College of Kinesiology. The project is part of Oxfam Canada and their Her Future Her Choice Financial Support for Community-Based Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Initiative, that is funded by Global Affairs Canada. The initiative is part of the five-year Her Future Her Choice program, which aspires to support sexual and reproductive health and rights in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Canada.
“The negative impacts of period poverty disproportionally affect postsecondary students especially students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds like sexual minorities, people with disabilities, and visible minorities,” said Yu.
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Friend of the College Award goes to DR. MARLYS MISFELDT
The first Friend of the College Award was presented in 1982. This award is presented annually to recognize an individual, group of individuals or an organization that has made a noteworthy contribution to advance the College of Kinesiology such as; • Impacted students or participants in the program, • Increased engagement of alumni, friends or donors, • Improved the curriculum or program offering, • Provided support to the program • And/or acted as an advocate for the College and its programs. This year’s Friend of the College Award winner is Dr. Marlys Misfeldt. “It is an unexpected honour to receive the ’Friend of the College’ award. It is exciting to have the many hours of sitting on hard bleachers acknowledged in this way,” said Dr. Misfeldt. Dr. Misfeldt is a founding member of the Huskie Health Care Coalition and has shared her expertise with Huskie Athletics and the College of Kinesiology since 1992. The Huskie Health Care Coalition is comprised of physicians, surgeons, and health practitioners who provide services to student-athletes at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2019, Dr. Misfeldt retired from the coalition. During her involvement with the program, Dr. Misfeldt supported many exhibition games, tournaments, championships and was the team physician for the Huskie wrestling and basketball teams ensuring our student-athletes were able to compete safely, and received proper care as needed when situations arose. “I volunteered for Huskie Athletics for 24 years, watching many of the U of S sports and acted as the team physician for wrestling
The College of Kinesiology is proud to present the Friend of the College Award to Dr. Marlys Misfeldt.
and basketball for the last number of years. I particularly enjoyed meeting the athletes and getting to know them. It was much more stressful to meet them for the first time following an injury and making hard decisions about returning to their sport.” Although dedicated to those two teams, Dr. Misfeldt would treat athletes from all teams when needed and was the go-to for skin checks. Her time was precious but always given freely in supporting the field of sport medicine as she sat on several boards and was the acting President of the Sports Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan. She volunteered as the team physician with the Canadian International Traditional Karate Federation and as the Chief Medical Officer at provincial, national, and international karate competitions.
“My main motivation was that I was interested in working with athletes. I felt strongly about working to provide a safer environment to participate in their sports and a level of security if they get injured.” Described by her nominators are an undeniably strong female role model in sports medicine, we are honoured to present this years Friend of the College Award to Dr. Marlys Misfeldt.
When asked why she has volunteered all these years, her answer was simple, the athletes.
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officiates ice hockey at 2022 Winter Olympics. JAMES SHEWAGA
It’s a dream come true for Cianna Lieffers. With one athlete, one official and two coaches, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and Huskie Athletics will be well represented by USask alumni at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Games in Beijing.
“My studies in the College of Kinesiology and the College of Education have really helped me succeed in both paths of my career,” said Lieffers, who regularly works Huskie hockey games and once officiated one of the longest games in university hockey history that went into four overtime periods in 2014.
For Lieffers, it will be the culmination of a dozen years of working her way up the ranks as a hockey referee, as she takes a month off from her duties as an elementary school teacher in the town Asquith, just west of Saskatoon, to take part in the world’s greatest sporting spectacle.
“Because of the College of Kinesiology, I was able to gain information and knowledge and I was able to apply it to training off the ice in order to perform better on the ice, so it definitely helped me. I think referring and teaching kind of go hand-inhand, with the skills needed for both jobs. I think being a referee has made me a better teacher, and vice versa. And the things that I learn in the classroom and through the College of Education have helped me on the ice.”
“This has been a dream and goal that I have been working towards,” said Lieffers, who earned kinesiology (2017) and education (2018) degrees at USask. “I remember the first time someone made the comment, ‘you have potential and one day we are going to see you at the Olympics.’ I kind of laughed at the comment and now looking back on that, it is kind of a surreal feeling that I have accomplished that goal and I am going to be skating on the Olympic ice. It is definitely something I am really looking forward to.” Lieffers worked the Olympic women’s hockey competition, scheduled from Feb. 4-17. Raised in Cudworth, Sask., and now living in Saskatoon, Lieffers’ long road to working the Winter Olympics has included officiating minor hockey, junior leagues, university, and international competition in the province, across the country and around the world. Lieffers began working as an on-ice official in high school and continued throughout her university studies at USask, which she said helped prepare her well for life on the ice and in the classroom.
With Beijing largely in lockdown for the Olympics, Lieffers said she is confident in the pandemic public health measures in place to keep all athletes, coaches and officials safe. “It will be a ‘bubble’ format, so everybody coming into the Olympics has to be fully vaccinated and produce a number of negative COVID tests before we enter the bubble, to ensure that it is going to be a safe environment for everybody to compete in,” said Lieffers. “And we will be restricted in the bubble to the places where we have access to and are allowed to go, and there will be daily testing done right on the spot, with instant results. So, they are definitely doing everything they can to ensure that all the measures are put in place to keep us safe and healthy while we are there."
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“BECAUSE OF THE COLLEGE OF KINESIOLOGY, I WAS ABLE TO GAIN INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE AND I WAS ABLE TO APPLY IT TO TRAINING OFF THE ICE IN ORDER TO PERFORM BETTER ON THE ICE, SO IT DEFINITELY HELPED ME.” - CIANNA LIEFFERS
USask College of Kinesiology alumna Cianna Lieffers has been selected as one of the on-ice officials for this month’s Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.
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“WHILE I HAVE A SENSE OF SADNESS TO BE LEAVING THE BEST COLLEGE AT SUCH A GREAT UNIVERSITY, I HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE THAT THE COLLEGE IS IN GREAT HANDS AND IN AN IDEAL POSITION TO CONTINUE TO FLOURISH.” - DR. CHAD LONDON
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Dr. Chad London
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It is with considerable mixed feelings that we share the news that Dr. Chad London will be stepping down as dean, College of Kinesiology following his administrative leave on December 31, 2022. Chad has accepted the provost and vice-president academic role at Mount Royal University, which he will begin January 1, 2023. Dr. Chad London was appointed as dean in 2016 and began his second term in 2021. He is currently on administrative leave. He has been an exceptional leader and dean, and a valued colleague. His accomplishments leading the college are many including:
Envisioned, developed and implemented an unprecedented enrolment growth plan in the college that resulted in a 40% increase in students (including a 32% increase of Indigenous students) from 2016-2021, and introduced new faculty and staff resources to increase research capacity and enhance the quality of the student experience. Launched a revamped combined degree (B.Sc.Kin/B.Ed) with the College of Education, with the first-year intake achieving its target of 30 students (an increase of over 300% from the previous year).
Unveiled the Don Bailey Lecture Series, a 100% donor-funded speaker series that features experts from across the globe, presenting on a broad range of kinesiology-related topics.
Unveiled the Don Bailey Lecture Series, a 100% donor-funded speaker series that features experts from across the globe, presenting on a broad range of kinesiology-related topics. KINNECTION 2022
Provided leadership in the final stages of fundraising, design, construction and programming of Merlis Belsher Place, a $51M oncampus ice and court sport complex.
Launched the Youth Leadership Through Sport program for Indigenous youth through a $50,000 grant in partnership with the Saskatoon Tribal Council.
Oversaw the offering of the 4 Seasons of Reconciliation program for students, staff, and faculty in the college, and sponsored the Orange You Ready Initiative.
Oversaw a $2.1M donation to create the Ron and Jane Graham Sport Science and Health Centre, a 4,700 square foot interdisciplinary research and practice space that provides practical and bench labs, physical and psychological services, and sport physiotherapy.
Stewarded a $3.14M grant from the Government of Saskatchewan to replace the turf field and upgrade the lighting at Griffiths Stadium and solicited a private donation of $500,000 to redevelop outdated tennis courts on campus into an outdoor sport court complex.
Initiated USask’s signing of the Okanagan Charter and its accompanying formal commitment to embedding health in all aspects of campus culture and promoting wellbeing locally and globally.
Launched a new governance structure for Huskie Athletics which included serving as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees, and cosponsored a full review of Huskie Athletics by an external expert panel of reviewers.
Beyond the college, Dean London has been an outstanding leader for the wider university. His many contributions at this level include oversight of Huskie Athletics, and service as a senior member of the Deans’ Council and Senior Leadership Forum.
Facilitated enhanced research focus and supports in the College that resulted in a 20% increase in the number of faculty members holding tri-agency grants, a 185% increase in all external awarded research funding, a 1,100% increase in tri-agency funding, and a 36% increase in publications (as per the Scopus database) from 2016 to 2021.
Dr. Joel Lanovaz was previously appointed acting dean until June 30, 2023 during the period of Dr. London’s planned administrative leave. Dr. Lanovaz will continue in the role for this period. Information on the search to appoint a new dean, College of Kinesiology will be forthcoming.
Please join us in congratulating Chad on his new role and expressing our great sense of appreciation and genuine respect. We wish him all the best and we know he will do incredible work at Mount Royal. ·
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COLLEGE RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT
USask prof says extreme cold can be ideal for exercise LIBBY GIESBRECHT, SASKATOON / 650 CKOM going to be using more energy when they’re exercising in the cold.
Dr. Phil Chilibeck practises what he teaches — in this case, enjoying a late afternoon of snowshoeing for exercise in a wind chill of -24 C.
As well, one of two types of adipose tissue (or body fat) — brown — gets activated and gives off heat in the cold. “That’s another way that we might expend a little bit more calories than just standing around in the heat,” Chilibeck explained.
Chilibeck is a professor of kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan who teaches courses in exercise physiology. His classes cover cold-weather topics and he says the science supports the theory that some exercise in the extreme cold has health benefits.
He recommended snowshoeing or cross-country skiing to really embrace the extreme cold through exercise, since those are more aerobic activities than simply running or walking. He said he tends to snowshoe more himself in the extreme cold because his cross-country ski boots are only well insulated into the -20 temperatures. His snowshoe boots, though, can handle anything as low as -30 or -35.
While doing some research on cold weather and the body, Chilibeck said researchers had people sit in a chamber where they slowly lowered the room temperature.
“They’re great activities. Cross-country skiing, you’re working your arms and your legs and so it provides a really good aerobic workout,” Chilibeck said.
“Your muscles actually start to vibrate at a moderately cold temperature, so before you start to shiver, your muscles start to vibrate and that might lead to increased energy expenditure,” Chilibeck said.
That translates to more calories burned, which can also be accomplished by snowshoeing in deeper snow for more resistance.
If a person gets to the point where they are cold enough to shiver, that can increase their energy expenditure as well, because muscles are contracting. Chilibeck said that means people are
“You’re getting a good calorie burn from just walking in the snow with snowshoes if you’re walking in deep enough snow as well,” he said.
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More energy being used can also translate into a warmer body for the person doing the activity. Chilibeck said he can go for an hour or even a bit longer if his snowshoeing is vigorous. “The thing that limits me is my feet … After about an hour, an hour and a half, my feet will get cold in -30,” he shared, adding that, having had frostbite previously, that damage makes his toes more susceptible to the cold.
“I find just sitting around inside the house drives you crazy, especially when it’s -20, -30 for two or three weeks in a row, and so just to get outside for an hour (or) an hour and a half every day, it just keeps you sane and improves your psychological outlook,” he shared.
“Get out there, even if it’s 20 minutes a day. Just (don’t) be afraid of the cold weather as long as you’re dressed right,” he said, offering encouragement to anyone hoping to get their blood pumping in Saskatchewan’s frigid temperatures.
His biggest tip for proper cold weather exercise is in the outfit — dressing in layers, particularly. Chilibeck was sporting a T-shirt, two heavier track shirts, track pants, long johns and thermal socks for his snowshoeing Friday. He also had goodquality mittens, a balaclava and his snowshoeing boots. “The key here is … wearing layers because the layers trap air in between them and that acts as insulation,” Chilibeck explained. “The key is to keep your toes and fingers warm; that’s what gets cold first.” That’s because in the cold, the body will constrict blood vessels closer to the skin and draw blood towards the central part of the body to protect its organs. Chilibeck said his motivation to get outside in the extreme temperatures comes from going a little stir-crazy.
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Orange You Ready? An educational community learning process. ALYSSA WIEBE | KINESIOLOGY COMMUNICATIONS
Orange You Ready? is a fun and educational community learning process to share in the challenge of moving towards (re) conciliation on campus and beyond. The initiative stems from the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation that is held on September 30th each year, which is also Orange Shirt Day, where people wear orange to always remember the children, families, and communities harmed by residential schools. “I was walking through a tobacco garden with Stephanie Frost and Stryker Calvez this past summer and they told me about the concept of Orange You Ready? and asked if I thought we could try it in Kinesiology,” said kinesiology associate professor, Alison Oates. “I agreed and with the support of our dean, we gathered a group of people to start organizing which included students, Kate Korchinski and Adam Luchkanych, Dr. Joel Lanovaz, and Rose Roberts. Together we figured out details, dates, and how to move forward.” Participants in Orange You Ready? work as a community within the College of Kinesiology, as Indigenous and non-Indigenous people
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together, to learn about the healing road of (re)conciliation and what that means to them, to the people around them, and to all treaty people linked to these lands. Alternating between learning and action, participants take small but meaningful steps toward building an understanding that supports an inclusive future for all in response to TRC Call to action #10 iii. With the guidance from Calvez, the organizing committee learned to follow the medicine wheel and design challenges around Emotional, Mental, Physical, and Spiritual health, as well as reciprocity that would be meaningful for the College of Kinesiology. Students, faculty, senior leaders, and staff within the College of Kinesiology were assigned to two teams; Team ReKINciliation and Team ReKINize the Calls. Graduate student Matthew Chapelski is a co-captain of Team ReKINciliation and credited this program to challenging him to apply his understanding of reconciliation to creative challenges. “I decided to get involved in Orange You Ready? since we would be collaborating in a team to overcome fun reconciliation challenges,” said Chapelski. “I also felt this would be a great way to discuss, listen, and progress in my reconciliation journey with other people.” Rose Roberts, Stephanie Frost, and Howler (Stryker Calvez) attend one of the challenges between the two teams. Photo submitted.
In the College of Kinesiology and the spirit of sport, competition is not something that people shy away from which led to the need of dedicated officials. The Orange You Ready? officials are Indigenous people with connections to the college who have been approached following protocol.
“I would highly recommend getting involved with this program in the future. It is the organization committees' goal to have this be a campus-wide spectacle and have all students, staff, and faculty on-campus involved in one way or another,” said graduate student, Adam Luchkanych.
The teams put in their best effort to respond to the challenges, then receive feedback from the officials, and keep going back and forth with the next challenge in a supported structure that helps to create a safe place to learn and grow. “An example of this was that each team created educational activities that could be used in future Kinesiology courses that support reconciliation. Officials then asked the teams to think about inviting an Elder to speak with the class as compared to merely searching up a video,” explained, co-creator, online support coordinator, and committee member, Stephanie Frost. The Orange You Ready? program plans to continue to grow across campus next year in hopes that other colleges and units will join in and compete against one another, with the growth of reconciliation at the forefront of each competition.
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Huskie student-athlete ready to compete for
CANADA JAMES SCHEWAGA
Five years ago, Nicole Ostertag was a budding ballet star, having trained at prestigious art institutes the likes of Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto and the American Ballet Theatre in New York City.
heptathlon athletes in the North America when she lined up against a field of top U.S. college competitors at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California from April 13-16, clinching her spot on the Canadian team. The USask kinesiology student finished second out of 25 athletes in her division in the women’s heptathlon by setting a new personal best of 5,443 points, including career-best performances in the long jump, shot put, javelin, 800 metres, and 100m hurdles.
Today, the outstanding student-athlete with the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Huskies is a rising track and field star who is preparing to compete for Canada in an international competition for the first time later this month. Remarkably, she has earned her spot on the national team without having taken part in Canadian university sports competition for two years due to injuries and the pandemic.
“I have had some issues with my lower leg and I didn’t compete in the U Sports season this year because of it, so it has been a long haul to get here and I was finally healthy enough to compete and we kind of surprised ourselves with the results and it ended up qualifying me for the national team,” said Ostertag, who earned a bronze medal in pentathlon in her rookie season and a silver in her second year at the national track and field championships, but did not compete in the last two U Sports seasons.
“Making the national team is something that a lot of athletes dream of doing and I have dreamed of it since I started doing track,” said Ostertag, who donned Canada’s colours to compete against future Olympians in the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association Combined Events Championship on May 14-15 at the Terry Fox Athletics Facility in Ottawa. “Very few athletes get to that level, so it feels like an accomplishment for sure. And just being able to compete again after being injured for so long, it feels really good. And competing against athletes at that level will be a great experience.” Despite her lengthy layoff due to a lingering leg injury, Ostertag proved that she could race with some of the best young
If competing for the first time after a long layout wasn’t enough, Ostertag did it while also writing three final exams remotely from California, where she took part in elite spring track events in the month of April. “I just finished my last exam (on April 26) so it has been interesting trying to write my exams down here in California while I have been training and competing and trying to balance it all,” said Ostertag, who in addition to making the national team while south of the border also learned that she had earned her first perfect grade of 100 per cent in one of her kinesiology classes. College of Kinesiology
Of course, excelling in athletics and academics is nothing new for the four-time Academic All-Canadian (awarded to U Sports studentathletes who earn a minimum of 80 per cent in their classes while completing a full course load). In fact, Ostertag has been one of the top students in the College of Kinesiology throughout her time at USask, earning the college’s undergraduate academic award as the top student in her third year of study with an impressive average of 96 per cent, and has followed that up with a 95 per cent average in the 2021/22 fall and winter terms.
“I’ve always had this drive to be the absolute best I can be in everything I do, so with school I go into every class with the goal of finishing with 100 per cent and I really push myself to do the absolute best I can, and that’s the same thing with my training for track, too,” said Ostertag, who is on pace to complete her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in spring of 2023. “It is a challenge to balance both (academics and athletics) and there are definitely some sacrifices that I have to make, but it is worth it.”
Ostertag knows all about making sacrifices, after leaving home at a young age to pursue her passion for ballet for four years at top ballet schools from Calgary to Toronto to New York to Philadelphia, before deciding to return home to Saskatoon for her final year of high school.
“I had kind of reached a point where I knew I would have to choose between auditioning for ballet companies and going all in with ballet as a career, versus going to university and getting a degree,” she said. “And I just knew that I was academically inclined, and university is something that I wanted to do, and my passion for ballet had kind of fizzled out. It was also hard being away from home at that age. I left home when I was 13, 14, so it was difficult being away from my family because we are very close. Not having that support through my ballet training and trying to balance school and being away from home, that was very tough.”
After returning to Saskatoon for Grade 12, Ostertag played basketball at Holy Cross High School, and then tried track and field in the spring with instant success by winning a provincial gold medal in high jump and a bronze in hurdles, opening the door to her Huskie career. Now, she is following in the footsteps of her parents Dave and Lesia, both former Huskie student-athletes who also competed internationally for Canada in track and field, while her brothers Evan and Daniel both excelled in Huskie basketball. “It was definitely a surprise when I decided to come home and completely switch gears into track,” she said. “My family didn’t expect that, but it was an easy transition for me, having their support, because they have all been through the student-athlete experience. And now it has ended up being a very large part of my life, so it is interesting how that happened.” Now as she prepares for her first national team competition, Ostertag is hoping this is the first step towards a new goal: no longer dancing on Broadway, but competing in the Olympics. “That is the dream,” said Ostertag, who still has three years of eligibility as a Huskie student-athlete. “I have a lot of work to do to get there first, but that would be the ultimate goal.”
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Bridges: Women's health top of mind for Myranda Reimer BSKIN'14
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"I'm always questioning things; I'm always looking for meaning. I think that just naturally motivates me to keep going," says Reimer, a women's health physiotherapist with a focus on pelvic care.
The 30-year-old, who says she’s been called a “meaning maker,” took her curiosity and fear and turned them into the cornerstone of her career, becoming a women’s health physiotherapist with pelvic floor certification. Reimer runs her business, Myranda Reimer Physiotherapy, out of an office at Synergy Strength and Conditioning in Saskatoon. There’s a big blue “peanut ball” to help support positions during labour tucked behind a table, and pelvic models on her desk.
There was a point in Myranda Reimer’s (BSKIN'14, MPT'17) life when she started noticing the women around her expressing concerns about their pelvic health.
It’s a small space built on a big dream to help women feel confident moving through all stages of their lives.
She was transitioning from a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology to a Masters in Physiotherapy when an older female friend confided in her about trouble controlling her bladder and the traumatic surgery she had to stop her leakage.
“She is very creative and if she sets her mind to it, she can do it. She has a thirst for life,” Reimer’s mom, Laurie, said.
Then, her best friend’s sister had a baby. She was cleared for exercise and eager to return to her active lifestyle, but started experiencing pelvic pain and was told she would likely never run or lift weights again.
She was living on a farm near Swift Current, but the family decided to move to Saskatoon to help Reimer pursue her dream of playing soccer at the national level. They travelled all over the province for soccer tournaments, so the move made sense. Reimer was in Grade 10 at the time.
“That was the moment when I realized women are having concerns and it really doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of information or support for (them) to kind of get over this hump of ‘Yeah I feel better day to day, but as soon as I get into some of that heavier lifting or higher impact, things kind of start to crumble,'” Reimer says in an interview with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.
Laurie could tell her daughter was naturally athletic and driven, and believes sport helped shape who Reimer is today. “Playing competitive sports shapes you to learn how to work toward a goal and work as a team. You have to be focused on the ‘plan’ and the process to get there. You see the world more openly and accepting.” She went to the 2009 Canada Summer Games and multiple national championships, but never actualized her Team Canada dreams. As her competitive soccer life faded around 20 years old, a new passion emerged.
“My older friend’s story got me interested, and maybe got me listening a bit more to the women in my life, and my friend’s sister, her story scared the s — out of me.”
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Reimer saw physiotherapy as a natural extension of her love for movement and exercise, which included running, biking, ultimate frisbee, CrossFit and weightlifting. She said the women whose stories had sparked her interest in pelvic health had sought the help of a physiotherapist and were able to get back into the exercise they desired. “I saw a big gap in support for women who wanted to continue to be on that higher end of athleticism, because athleticism is a spectrum,” she says. In 2017, Reimer earned her Masters in Physiotherapy from the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Rehabilitation Science. “Myranda excels at thinking outside the box and seeing the big picture of things. She was never afraid to ask hard questions of me and demonstrated that she truly sought to learn and understand the material at well beyond a basic level,” said Scotty Butcher, one of Reimer’s professors. After graduating, Reimer started taking courses specifically targeting the pelvic area, which contains the bowels, bladder and sex organs. She spent five years searching, and thirsting, for continuing education. There were trips to Toronto, virtual training, conferences and talks from visiting physiotherapists whom she admired.
“That was my big first exposure to starting to understand that challenges come up in our life, however, there are professionals and approaches that can help you move through those challenges, one being pregnancy or postpartum — how the female body naturally adapts and changes,” Reimer says, adding it made her realize how little she knew about her own pelvic health and menstrual cycle. Butcher saw the value in Reimer’s specialty and asked her to return to the U of S to help teach his classes. “Students find her extremely relatable and are often amazed by the amount of knowledge and skill she has developed in her relatively short time in this profession. She is quickly developing the confidence and skill as an instructor and it is obvious to anyone working with her that she will speak well about things she knows well, and will quickly strive to learn more about the things she doesn’t,” Butcher said. He said Reimer’s unique ability to bridge the gap between conventional rehabilitation and advanced, high-performance training has “exponentially enhanced the student experience.”
(BA)PE ’71 AND ’72 REUNION
COMES BACK TO CAMPUS ALYSSA WIEBE
Graduates from the class of 1971 and 1972 gathered back on campus on June 10 – 12, 2022 to reminisce, rediscover, and reunite with one another. The reunion was kickstarted by Sharon Hill (Schneider) and Rick Bell, classmates from the class of ’71. With the pandemic delaying their 50-year reunion to 2022, they thought it was the perfect chance to bring in the class of ’72 as many were close amongst the two graduating years. The weekend started off with a social at Mano’s in Saskatoon and ended with a tour of the new $42.9-million multi-sport complex, Merlis Belsher Place. In between, they toured the Physical Activity Complex, home to the College of Kinesiology and grad year photos, where a lot of time was spent reminiscing and the University of Saskatchewan campus. Impressed by the new learning and sport facilities, labs, spaces, the quote of the weekend was simply, “I went to school 50-years too soon”. If you are thinking of hosting a class reunion, please contact email@example.com. KINNECTION 2022
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Diving into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame ALYSSA WIEBE
College of Kinesiology graduate Ron Friesen (BSPE’71) is having his name called to be inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.
Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia, and the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. Once he earned his physical education degree, he used his sports experience to manage swimming pools throughout British Columbia. He earned a law degree, practised law, taught law and served as the CEO of the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. He received international awards for training programs he developed for lawyers and judges.
“It is such a great honour to be inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame. Looking back over the 50 years since my competitive days, I have come to recognize the critical importance of the support I received from so many people in my life and in particular from those from Saskatoon, USask, and Saskatchewan,” said Friesen.
Diving continues to be a part of Ron’s life as his daughter, Emma, is a Canadian diving champion and won the NCAA title in one-metre while attending the University of Hawaii. She also represented Canada at the Commonwealth Games, 44 years after Ron.
Friesen enjoyed doing back somersaults off the board as a lifeguard and swim instructor in Moose Jaw, SK during the summer of 1967. From there, he began training as a competitive diver during his first-year enrolled in physical education at the University of Saskatchewan.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you to my family, friends, coaches, teammates and mentors, and the clubs, organizations and communities that gave me the opportunities and support for which I feel so blessed.”
Fast forward one year, he was a Canadian university champion on the one- and three-metre diving boards. During his university experience, he won six national university titles and was named the Canadian university diver of the year three times.
Friesen is being joined by fellow inductees Ken Achs (drag racing), Mark Loehndorf (softball, football, wrestling), David Wassill (water skiing), Brian Shalovelo (softball), Tim Kroeker (baseball), Michael Linklater (basketball), Natalie Lukiw (volleyball), Cory Mantyka (football) as well as the University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ 2005 track and field teams and the Saskatoon Hilltops as the sports organization of the year.
Although his diving career was short, totalling five years, he made a big splash competing at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland where he won bronze performing before the Queen, the 1971
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STRIKES GOLD WITH U18 TEAM CANADA AT WORLDS HUSKIE ATHLETICS Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team is bringing home gold from the 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship after a thrilling 3-2 victory over the United States in the gold medal game Monday. Jason Weber was named as the strength and conditioning coach that travelled with the team to Madison, Wisconsin in early June 2022. The tournament featured the top 8 teams including USA, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Czechia, Switzerland, Germany and Slovakia.
The United States has won gold in five of the last six editions (2015-2018, 2020) while Canada won the event in 2019. After a tournament hiatus due to the global pandemic, Canada has claimed the top of the podium for 2022. Team Canada defeated Team USA in a thrilling gold medal game 3-2 as they were able to fend off late pressure to capture its sixth gold medal. Canada finished the preliminary round in third place in Group A after a win over Sweden and losses to Finland and the United States. It booked a spot in the gold medal game with a dominant 7-0 win over Slovakia in the quarterfinals and a narrow 2-1 victory over Finland in the semifinals. Congratulations Jason!
NAMED HEAD COACH OF U20 CANADIAN ATHLETICS TEAM FOR WORLD U20 CHAMPIONSHIPS HUSKIE ATHLETICS Track and Field / Cross Country Head Coach Jason Reindl will be representing Team Canada this August as he has been named the Head Coach of the U20 National Team. Reindl will lead Team Canada at the World U20 Championships from August 1 to 6 in Cali, Colombia. Reindl returns as the national U20 athletics team head coach for the second consecutive year, after serving in the same role last summer in Nairobi, Kenya. Another familiar face will be joining Coach Reindl in Colombia as 2022 U SPORTS Rookie of the Year, Avery Pearson will be competing at the Championships. Pearson recently surpassed the World U20 standard in the 800m by posting a new Personal Best of 2:05.48s. This broke her own Saskatchewan Athletics U20 record.
Coach Reindl will oversee 19 women and 14 men in Colombia and is ready to make a splash on the world stage. "We have a really strong team from coast to coast, to the point where we think we have enough firepower to enter in all five relay competitions (4x100m and 4x400m for men and women, and then the mixed 4x400m)", said Reindl. Coach Reindl will also be representing Canada at the 2022 North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Championships from August 19 to 21. He will be acting as the Sprints, Hurdles, Relays Coach when the national team competes in The Bahamas.
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RECREATION REDISCOVERED USask Rec offers recreation opportunities to the on-campus community and general public. As a student and member you get access to:
Fitness Centre · Fitness classes · Two swimming pools Climbing wall · Triple gymnasium · Squash and racquetball courts 210 m indoor track · Intramurals · and so much more! For more information or to sign up, please visit rec.usask.ca or visit us in the Physical Activity Complex!