Trojans Intramurals are back again this year for another great turnout.
“Intramurals have been around a long time, but there have been times when it wasn’t as formal as it is today,” Jared Hidber, SAIT Athletics and Recreation‘s programmer, said of the program, which rolled out in September.
According to Hidber, more than 500 students this fall, 60 fewer than last year, applied to join the six different intramural sports SAIT Athletics and Recreation offers.
Dodge ball and ice hockey were the most popular intramurals this year, the same as last year.
“It’s popular because of the fun and positive atmosphere around dodge ball, but hockey is Canada’s game,” said Hidber.
Katie Smith, a first year respiratory therapy student at SAIT, explained that she uses intramural dodge ball as a way to socialize with her friends and classmates.
“It’s my first year here and it’s important to make a few friends,” said Smith. “I want that ‘college’ experience.”
Smith’s classmates decided to form a team so they each could gain the best post-secondary experience possible.
“Some of us want to just hang out, but most of them are super into it,” said Smith.
Many people want to be athletic, but don’t have the opportunity, explained Cassidy Rae, a student of Media Arts at Alberta College of Arts and Design (ACAD).
“It’s important for students to unwind and enjoy a little fun here and there,” said Rae. “Not all of us run, but some of us can whip a ball.”
All SAIT students, SAIT Apprentice students with a Wellness Centre membership, and ACAD students, are eligible for Trojan Intramurals.
“It’s awesome because I don’t just hear about the experience through word of mouth,” said Rae. “I finally get to experience it myself.”
SAIT Athletics and Recreation department will host a year-end intramural banquet in celebration of the participation of each student.
The banquet will be held at The Gateway, in the Campus Centre, on April 18, 2017, from 6 to 9 p.m.
“It will be interesting having everyone mingle rather than compete,” said Rae.