To students, faculty and staff on UBC’s Vancouver campus:
After considerable effort invested in a review of UBC sports, I am pleased to announce to Vancouver’s campus community stage one results, which confirm 16 varsity teams.
The remaining 13 varsity teams, as well as some interested AMS sport clubs, have been invited to a second stage assessment. We will announce final results of this second stage later in February.
To see today’s news release, which also announces a modest increase in varsity funding, please visit:
For a complete background on our sport review, and a detailed description of our evaluation process, please see:
We have taken this ambitious review to lay the foundation for a sustainable future, so our teams can reach for greater success, our student athletes can get the very best experience here, and so a greater number of students can participate in competitive sport.
Decisions announced today were based on a robust and systematic assessment of teams against objective criteria conducted by an advisory assessment team. I want to thank our staff and coaches, as well as the members of the advisory assessment team for their hard work.
The teams we are confirming today are:
Basketball: Men, Women
Field Hockey: Women
Ice Hockey: Women
Cross Country: Men, Women
Rowing: Men, Women
Swimming: Men, Women
Track and Field: Men, Women
I recognize this has been a difficult process for many. Our assessment is that UBC Athletics was on an unsustainable path. Other Canadian universities have been struggling with the same issues, have completed their own reviews, and chosen to focus future investment on a smaller number of their strongest teams.
We are now building a foundation for future excellence around a core of strong UBC teams, in which student athletes are able to get what they need to reach their full potential.
Louise Cowin, VP Students