Varsity sports will be back at McMaster in September, VP says
McMaster Marauders varsity athletics will return in September, says a vice-president of the Hamilton university.
McMaster held a virtual town hall on Thursday to address student questions about the 2021-22 school year. Associate vice-president (student affairs) and dean of students Sean Van Koughnett said sports are happening.
“Yes, a varsity season will be playing,” Van Koughnett said. “It might look a little different from what people are used to seeing. I know that for the football team, they usually start training camp earlier in August. Their first games might be pushed out farther into September.
“As for what we can do in a gym environment (for indoor sports), we await direction from the province.”
McMaster is a member of Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and U Sports. The former organizes all varsity competition in the province and U Sports, the national governing body, stages Canadian university championships.
Ontario Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Lisa MacLeod did not mention OUA on Monday when she talked about a return to play for professional sports teams.
Van Koughnett also said that McMaster’s fitness facilities will open in September, in accordance with provincial regulations. Student fees will not be opt-outable.
McMaster refunded $5.9 million in student fees in 2020-21 while its facilities were closed due to COVID-19.
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