Posted on: April 22, 2014
When the 2014-2015 athletic season begins, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack varsity programs will compete exclusively within the Canada West and CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) – the highest level of university sport in Canada – and withdrawing their membership with the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST).
The WolfPack soccer, cross country, and swimming programs are poised to enter the Canada West and CIS, joining basketball and volleyball that have been competing in the league since TRU’s addition in 2005.
The move away from the PACWEST Association will affect TRU’s remaining college programs, badminton and golf will no longer be competing in the PACWEST or the CCAA as of May 2014.
“It is purely evolutionary” said WolfPack Athletics and Recreation Director Ken Olynyk. “When TRU was established as a university in April of 2005 the goal was to eventually establish the athletics program in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport. As result of the decision to withdraw from the PACWEST we will no longer we offering badminton or golf at the university level.”
Thompson Rivers University (as University College of the Cariboo and Cariboo College) was a member of the PACWEST and its predecessors (BC College Athletic Association and Totem Conference) for over 40 years.
TRU athletics has enjoyed being a part of the association for many years and appreciates the efforts of the coaches attached to the badminton and golf programs over the time they were members in the provincial association. Everyone involved has always worked diligently to build programs which the university was proud of and that hard work has not gone unnoticed by the student-athletes and TRU.
“We want to thank the PACWEST and the CCAA,” Olynyk said. “I would like to especially thank the Bilton’s [Bill Jr and Sr.] of the Dunes for their support and close association with TRU and TRU athletics. We will continue to work closely with the Dunes on a number of fronts and will continue to grow the already positive relationship we enjoy.”
The Athletic Director added: “We have many fond memories and are proud of our time in PACWEST and the CCAA [of which the PACWEST is a member] including hosting provincial [PACWEST] and national championships in each of the recognized sports of badminton, basketball,cross country, volleyball, soccer and golf.”
Even though TRU’s membership withdrawal from the PACWEST association will affect the badminton and golf programs TRU is excited to move to CIS our soccer, cross country, and swimming programs. The addition of these programs to CIS allows TRU to attract the top student athletes from our City and across our country to Thompson Rivers University.
For further information regarding the upcoming schedules please check the web, http://www.go wolfpack.tru.ca as the official schedules will be released in late June.