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Niagara College’s Athletics and Recreation Department is running a women’s intramural hockey league (WIHL) this winter. As of Dec. 1, teams can sign up and pay the $700 registration fee per team on IMLeagues. Fees include ice time (50 minutes of straight run time), referees and jerseys for the students to keep.
“The intramural experience is about having fun, being active (and) making new friends and all of the social benefits that kind of come with that,” said Campus Recreation Co-ordinator Jenna Wilson. “It’s not about the competition. That’s just a by product.”
The league, which runs from Jan. 22 to March 21, needs a minimum of three teams, and female Niagara College students are welcome to play on both the open and women’s ice-hockey leagues. Games will be held at the Welland arena between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. start times, and students are required to be fully equipped with personal equipment.
The WIHL was an opportunity to determine and explore interest and popularity, says Wilson. More female representation in the college’s intramural sports is always a good thing, she says, adding NC wants as many students to come out as possible.
Teams consist of five players and a goalie. If enough students want to sign up as “free agents,” than they will be placed together on their own team.
“When you truly want to be there, competition and sport really sort of binds people into a different kind of friendship that you wouldn’t have elsewhere, and it’s really important and it has a place,” said Wilson. “…that’s why we have to be very careful to nurture it and mature it properly.”
The Athletics and Recreation Department staff want to know how students get their information on the fitness and sports programs it offers, and what barriers students face that prevent participation. Staff want to offer new and exciting sports for all students whether it’s a tournament or mini tournament. Once the NOTL campus gym opens in fall 2019, additional and flexible opportunities will accommodate more students.
“I hope students will take up the opportunity to sign-up and play,” said Wilson. “At the end of the day, it’s about the students. We want to heighten (their college) experience. Engaging the athlete in all of us is truly what we’re trying to do.”
Visit IMLeagues.com/NiagaraCollege for more information.