Varsity

 

Dear UTM Eagles,

Over the past several months, the Department of Recreation, Athletics & Wellness has focused on welcoming students back inside the RAWC, and delivering a variety of program options for students to engage in sport, fitness, and wellness both on campus and virtually.  During this time, we have also been evaluating the feasibility for UTM to continuing competing in Ontario collegiate varsity sports through the OCAA in the future.  Following the OCAA suspension of sport in 2020-2021, and a continued suspension of the varsity program at UTM in 2021-22, a difficult decision has been reached.  UTM will not be resuming participation in the OCAA varsity program.  This difficult decision was made after careful consideration of student engagement across all programs and specifically within multiple sport programs, departmental operations, resources, and future programs and services to serve UTM students. 

We recognize that this news, along with other impacts of the pandemic may be difficult, particularly for the approximately 75 UTM students who participated in the program. Support is available to students by contacting the Health & Counselling Centre or My SSP (Student Support Program), and academic advising through AskRegistrar

Team sports can be a valuable part of a student’s experiences on campus, and we encourage all students to participate in recreation, athletics & wellness programs where possible.  Interested UTM students are encouraged to tryout for the competitive tri-campus league resuming in Winter 2022.  November 2021 tryout dates and additional details can be found here.  Tryouts for the Fall 2022-Winter 2023 seasons will be held in September.   Student-athletes who may be interested in pursuing varsity-level sports with the U of T Varsity Blues or other institutions competing in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) or OCAA, continue to be invited to discuss options directly with the Director, Strategy and Sport Wellness, Renu Kanga Fonseca (renu.kanga@utoronto.ca)

The Department of Recreation, Athletics & Wellness would like to thank past UTM participants, the OCAA and its members, for 6 years of positive engagement in collegiate sport. Looking ahead, the Department of Recreation, Athletics & Wellness continues to focus new and existing accessible opportunities for all students to engage in physical activities that support student well-being, build peer connections, and enrich student experiences.