Athletics & Recreation: Not just for athletes!

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Whether you're an experienced athlete, looking to play a team sport for fun or want to take a fitness class, George Brown College's Athletics and Recreation programming has options for you.

Melanie Gerin-Lajoie, Manager, Athletics and Recreation, and her team bring top-notch programming to the college. Melanie is a seasoned veteran in sports management with nine years at Maple Leaf Sport & Entertainment Partnership and nearly five at George Brown. 

“By having accessible, no-additional-cost programs, all students have an opportunity to explore healthy, active lifestyle options in a low-risk manner,” she says. "Diversified programming appeals to a wide variety of students, no matter what their athletic level is or what their personal fitness goals are."

Flexible schedule and offerings

Flexibility is important to student life, which is why hours of operation for the fitness centre are until 7 p.m. at both the St. James and Casa Loma campuses from September to April, allowing busy students to finish their day right. Recreation intramural leagues are scheduled in the evenings to encourage maximum participation.

Varsity sports teams — the Huskies — are an important part of the George Brown experience. “Our teams are supported by dozens, if not hundreds of fans at our home games," Melanie says. "Our athletes aren't the only ones we hope will feel a sense of pride in being Huskies, but the entire George Brown community. Our varsity sports teams are some of the most competitive in the province, as well as nationally, and generally entertain a crowd of fans.”

To keep programming fresh and relevant to student needs, the sports and recreation coordinators are credentialed professionals who attend industry conferences to keep on top of trends and evaluate programming to ensure relevance and fit. Melanie says, “We conduct online surveys and in-person questionnaires, and we look at evaluated stats and attendance rates to help measure participation and interest in what is being offered.“

Ninja challenge!

Melanie highlights two exciting new programs offered this year — Campus Rec Activity Days and the GBC Rec Ninja Challenge (at Pursuit OCR obstacle course facility). She describes the programs as "non-traditional in the sense of sport, and more geared toward the healthy active lifestyle and finding alternative ways to be active.”  

Other relatively new programming includes Intramural Rec Tournaments — afternoon tournaments in select sports where students can register as individuals or as a team. As a bonus, free t-shirts are provided for all who participate, and prizes awarded to tournament winners.

If you haven’t had a chance, Melanie encourages everyone to visit our campus athletic centres in person and talk to the knowledgeable staff to find the programming that’s right for them.