UBC TSC Opens 2016-2017 Season With Five New Teams

 

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Welcome to the first UBC TSC Monthly Recap of the 2016-2017 Season!

Since the launch of the UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs in 2015, we are proud to announce that we have welcomed five additional teams to UBC TSC, namely Cycling, Dragon Boat, Equestrian, Quidditch, and Water Polo to join the incredible talent in the Alpine Ski, Lacrosse, Nordic Ski, Sailing, Synchronized Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate, and Wrestling Sport Clubs. With almost 300 athletes in the program, we anticipate that the second year of the program will bring massive success for all the teams.

To kick off the season, the student executives for each Sport Club came together for the inaugural UBC TSC Executive Retreat. Each Sport Club is managed by four student athletes with responsibilities encompassing: team management, administration, finances, marketing & communications, and travel & safety related aspects of their teams. The Executive Retreat was a day filled with workshops and activities to give them the tools to successfully run their teams in the upcoming season.

With the 2016-2017 season already beginning, some teams have already hosted try outs. A couple of TSC teams have also competed (and won!) in various competitions across the U.S. and Canada.

The Water Polo SC competed in Oregon on October 1st, and won its first official game as a TSC team! They also won their game on the week of October 10th, defeating Western Washington University.

Having completed their tryouts, the Lacrosse SC is preparing to defend their 2015-2016 CWFLL Tier II Provincial Title. Fifteen players from their 2015-2016 championship squad are returning, including leading scorer Phil Pomeroy, and goaltender Dean Grimm. This year, the team has added five new members to their roster. On September 24th, they opened their season by traveling to Victoria and defeating UVic with a score of 10-4.

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The Equestrian SC has selected their 2016-2017 roster consisting of 22 riders. The team held evaluation rides at the beginning of October and are now training for their first competition in Pullman, Washington on October 22.

On October 8-9, the Sailing SC traveled to Seattle to compete in the Cascadia Cup. Despite it being their first official regatta, the team’s first boat placed 5th, while their second boat placed 10th out of 12 boats.

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The Quidditch SC competed in the Octobear 2016 tournament in Calgary on October 1-2. They went undefeated with a 4-0 record, and defeated Edmonton in overtime to win the championship.

This year, to create a sense of community within TSC athletes from different teams, and also to give TSC athletes an opportunity to get to know their teammates, as well as athletes from other TSC teams, a Program Development team has been formed. The Program Development team will be in charge of organizing numerous social events throughout the season.

On September 14th, the first social event organized by the Program Development team took place in the Student Recreation Centre at UBC. There, TSC athletes from the 16 different teams competed in the first ever TSC Welcome Back Dodgeball Social which was a 2-hour long event filled with excitement, fun, and free pizza!

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Finally, the UBC TSC staff would like to congratulate the new TSC athlete, and wish good luck to all TSC athletes in the upcoming season! The UBC staff is looking forward to this upcoming season and hopefully, all of you are too!