SUDBURY – Cambrian College is taking a step away from provincial varsity competition in women’s basketball for the 2017-18 season. Each year, the College evaluates the merits and viability of each varsity program, and after much deliberation, a difficult decision was made to suspend the women’s Golden Shield varsity basketball program.
The team struggled for the past two seasons, winning only two games in 2016-17. Looking ahead to 2017-18, Cambrian actively sought a new coach with appropriate credentials who would be a good fit for the College and the program, but that search was not successful. The College has advised varsity staff and players, as well as the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) of the decision.
The College and the Cambrian Athletic Association, which is a student government organization, will continue to offer intramural basketball and a range of competitive sports in 2017-18. The varsity program has shown tremendous momentum and strength in the past season, with teams and individual athletes breaking records and earning provincial and national recognition and medals.
Cross-country runner Mary Strain earned a provincial gold and national silver medal. In addition, soccer striker Tiffany Johnson broke a provincial record in 2016, becoming the OCAA’s All-Time Leading goal scorer with 62 career goals, and 28 in a single season. Cambrian’s women’s soccer team earned OCAA bronze and will compete at the Provincial Women’s Soccer Championships (October 26-28) which will be held at the James Jerome Sports Complex in Sudbury.
Cambrian strongly encourages its students to try out for varsity teams and to participate in intramural sports. The College is committed to providing the best possible experience for student-athletes, who graduate with not only a certificate, diploma, or degree, but with well-developed physical and inter-personal skills.
- The College has advised the OCAA that Cambrian would not be fielding a women’s basketball team for the upcoming season, and under the OCAA regulations, the College will not be able to field a team for 2 seasons (until the 2019-20 season).
- For the upcoming season, Cambrian will compete in the OCAA in six sports: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country running, and men’s and women’s volleyball.
For further information regarding Cambrian College Varsity Athletics, email Tim Yu, Manager of Athletics, at email@example.com, or call 705-566-8101, extension 7450.
705-566-8101, extension 6375