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Being There Without “Being There”: How the Lancer Women’s Hockey Players are Helping Girls Connect with Sport During COVID-19

Photo credit: golancers.ca by: Shaun Smith With a lack of programs designed to keep young female hockey players connected to sport throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, at the start of 2021 the Lancer Women’s hockey team brainstormed and created the Lancer Development Bubble. The first round of the bubble began in January and ran through February. For four weeks approximately 10 girls aged 10-14 participated in hockey-specific discussions, home workouts, mobility exercises, and in the words of Amy Maitre, “gave them some hockey at a time when they can’t be on the ice with their team.” Maitre, who took the lead

By |Wed, Apr 21st, 2021, 12:20PM|News|

From Playing on the Floor to Stylizing it: How a former Lancer Basketball Player Became a Fashion Entrepreneur

by: Shaun Smith What comes after the Lancers? For Chris Poloniato, who played guard on the varsity men’s basketball at the University of Windsor from 2016-2020, the answer was slightly different from most graduates: a clothing line. “It was an idea where I’d seen shirts that said [basketball related-phrases] before, but it was a one-off. I’d think that’s a really cool shirt, and then I’d never see one again.” Chris, a graduate of the kinesiology program, and his brother, Nick, co-founded “Hoopn” last year and launched their first products in December. Through their line, they contend, basketball players to be

By |Wed, Apr 21st, 2021, 12:19PM|News|

Kinesiology and Athletics Combine for Rebranded Centre for Human Performance and Health

by: Shaun Smith The Department of Kinesiology, in both its sport management and movement science streams, has long worked with the Athletics and Recreation Services in research and a new on-campus initiative seeks to build on that history. In a project lead by Chad Sutherland, the Centre for Human Performance and Health (CHPH), seeks to formalize many prior informal and individual efforts to the benefit of both units. “This Centre is really Kinesiology’s focus on creating a healthier community,” says Sutherland. According to the Centre’s webpage, the CHPH offers a framework for multidisciplinary research, bringing together experts from a variety

By |Wed, Apr 21st, 2021, 12:18PM|News|

A Strong Demand and Little Supply: The University of Windsor’s Recreational Facilities in the COVID-19 Pandemic

by: Shaun Smith The regulations and policies put in place to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario has impacted everyone. For the university athletic staff, it has been a hard line between following the rules and accommodating the requests for facility usage. On one hand, there are the ever-present needs of the varsity coaches and their athletes. On the other, there are the responsibilities that the athletic department has toward the student community in general. Managing both of those groups has not been easy, but everyone has been understanding of the circumstances. “We are like any other facility in

By |Wed, Apr 21st, 2021, 12:16PM|News|

OPINION: Table Tennis Should be a Varsity Sport

by: Derek Marshall When is the last time the University of Windsor, or U Sports for that matter, added a new competitive varsity sport to the lineup? No seriously, I’m asking, because I don’t know, and it is hard to pin down an exact date. Nonetheless, it is safe to say that it has been a while, especially considering the rate at which society is constantly evolving. To the outside observer, the university sports menu looks stagnant.  It feels like the same 12 varsity sport offerings have remained constant through time. So, it is time to mix things up. U

By |Fri, Apr 9th, 2021, 3:39PM|Opinions, Sports|

Look Out for Esports

by: Derek Marshall While the COVID-19 pandemic has functionally limited the vast majority of Lancer varsity teams for past year, a new team has emerged amidst the restrictions. From the beginning of the fall semester, Lancer Gaming, the University of Windsor’s esports team, has been the only university team competing against other academic institutions. For those that aren’t aware, esports is the term used to describe the world of competitive, organized video gaming. Lancer Gaming competes against 16 other teams in the Ontario Post-Secondary Esports (OPSE) organization. OPSE is comprised of provincial universities and colleges. The organization has $24,000 in

By |Tue, Mar 16th, 2021, 2:22PM|News, Sports|

Restricted Assessment: Recruitment Amidst the Pandemic

by: Derek Marshall The recruitment of student-athletes can be a daunting task for varsity coaches during a normal year, let alone during a global pandemic. With the variety of ever-changing restrictions imposed by various levels of governing bodies, the difficult yet important task of student-athlete recruitment has changed over the past year. Rather than relying upon in-person observations of sought-after athletes at tournaments and games, coaches must now rely upon highlight tapes, game films and if regionally permitted, streams of live competitions. “There’s been no face-to-face contact interaction by coaches with specific student-athletes,” said Mike Havey, Director of Athletics and

By |Tue, Mar 16th, 2021, 2:10PM|News, Sports|

A New Look for Lancer Men’s Volleyball

by: Derek Marshall The Lancer men’s volleyball team taking the court, should there be a season beginning this September, is projected to be vastly different than the team that left the court last February. It has been nearly one year since their last competitive match, which equates to one entire season of competitive play forgone for the team. Coach James Gravelle and former team captain and first-team all-Canadian Pierce Johnson agreed that had the team been able to compete in the 2020-21 season, they were optimistic about their chances for victory. “It was looking to be one of our stronger

By |Tue, Mar 16th, 2021, 2:05PM|News, Sports|

Black History Month: A Time for Appreciation, Education, and Celebration

by: Justin Peters The month of February brings cold weather and a much-needed reading week. But more importantly, February ushers in a focus on Black History throughout the University of Windsor campus and the greater community. During the month, groups and teams within the Lancer community possess one common goal: to promote on-going learning about Black History and culture. Sharing history and culture is important. It helps to facilitate a deeper understanding of one another and allows individuals to connect on a socio-cultural level. Thus, Black History Month is incredibly important at the University of Windsor and the greater Windsor

By |Fri, Mar 5th, 2021, 12:29PM|News, Sports|
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