Dinos look for opportunities as Canada West cancels winter season
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“There are provincial health guidelines and the restrictions that need to be adhered to and the institutions would need to agree to adhere, but it really does open that opportunity to be a little more creative without the confines of that league structure to say ‘OK, how can we make this work?’ “
Canada West emphasized in a press release that it fully supported its 17 member institutions in seeking out competitive opportunities for their athletes and it was the schools themselves that ultimately voted to cancel the fall season.
Decisions on the Canada West championships for curling, track and field and swimming have been deferred.
It’s unclear at this point what a modified competition schedule might look like, but Kerswill said the U of C is looking into all sorts of options while consulting with the relevant provincial and local health authorities.
“As we continue to learn more about provincial health guidelines and what will be allowed and hoping those cohort numbers increase, we may even be able to make an in-Alberta league structure work,” Kerswill said. “Those are things we’re going to try to explore or making sure if we happen to play Mount Royal one weekend we could take a couple weekends off and then explore playing in the northern part of the province.”
Ultimately, the goal is relatively simple as the U of C looks to find opportunities for competition: Give student-athletes a chance to actually do what they love doing, and that’s testing themselves against opponents.
“Really, when it comes down to it we want to make sure our athletes maintain motivation,” Kerswill said. “They’ve been so resilient so far this year in dedicating themselves to training and getting ready and hoping for that Canada West league structure and USports championship, but without that, still being able to form some sort of opportunity for competition is so important.”