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Fit for a campus

Scarborough students have always made athletics an essential part of campus life

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2011 Pan Am Games bronze medallist Paige Schultz.

Even before the campus had its own gym, UTSC students were involved in sports and fitness, using area high school facilities to train and compete. It didn’t take long before the campus became an intramural powerhouse. UTSC is now gearing up to welcome athletes from all over the hemisphere as the campus prepares for the 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games.

  • Biology student Stan Bohonek (BSC, 1976) earned the bronze medal at the 1975 and 1976 Canadian Men’s Figure Skating Championships and represented Canada at the 1976 Olympics.
  • Cindy Nicholas (BSc, 1979) was the first woman to swim the English Channel non-stop both ways. She did this a record-setting five times!
  • Although doctors told her that her cerebral palsy meant she would never walk, student Kaley McLean competed for Canada in two swimming events at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.
  • In 2011,student Paige Schultz earned a Pan Am Games bronze medal as part of Canada’s 4x100-metre relay team.
  • UTSC athletes have demonstrated their athletic prowess in intramurals through the years by winning tri-campus championships. The 1970s and 1980s were a heyday as UTSC dominated in basketball, tennis, volleyball, football and hockey, and the campus continues to win championships every year.
  • In 2011 UTSC became a temporary home to the Canadian National Wheelchair Rugby Team, which spent a full week on campus for training camp.
  • Wheelchair Basketball Canada located its elite National Academy at UTSC in 2013, aiming for future Paralympic gold.
  • The tennis courts in the valley will be rebuilt to host wheelchair tennis in the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. And the just-completed Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre will play host to aquatics, fencing and modern pentathlon events during the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games and will leave a permanent legacy for the university and the larger Scarborough community.