Not enough women at UTM tryouts

This week, tryouts began for a number of intramural teams, and while a large number of men came out for a chance at sports glory, the number of female athletes in attendance dropped drastically from past years. Harbouring the impression that you will get cut from the team because you dont have the competitive juices to make it, many female students have apparently decided not to tryout at all.

However, that is simply not the case.

The RAWC and its various teams are aiming to recapture the glory and prestige of a championship trophy over their heads. But without any athletes, UTMs chances are surely slim. In order to attract more athletes, Jack Krist, program coordinator of the RAWC has promised to supply females with enough equipment in a number of sports such as ice hockey, soccer, and field hockey, as well as provide training time with their prospective coaches.

Even though tryouts are officially over, many, if not all, the womens teams are still accepting new applicants. The RAWC wishes to attract more women for the volleyball and basketball teams, citing that last year they were forced to shut down the hockey program due to a low turnout, a measure that the intramurals program does not want to repeat again this year.

To encourage students to try out for hockey, the RAWC has booked the Erin Mills Twin Arena from 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday nights to provide free skate time for students. The motive behind this generous foregoing activity is the opportunity for Krist and his staff to scout for prospective talent to fill their hockey rosters. The program is currently proceeding till February 8.

The tryouts were a resounding success for the mens teams, as a number of prospective athletes came out to show their mettle. Soccer, basketball and ball hockey were the top three sports in student turnouts.

UTM’s new soccer team is expected to face a number of challenges ahead, with over seventy students turning out for the chance to play. With the strong display of talent, the soccer team has a high chance of going all the way to the finals.

This year, the division 1 men’s basketball team has been plagued with the injury to point guard Elias Sibet. Sibet has since returned from to full fitness and the team is expected to be at or near the top of the league by the end of the school year.

So once again ladies and gents come on out and try out for our sports teams, you may have better luck than you might think.

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