Sports

FOR SOME, VACATIONS and exercise seem to be mutually exclusive. If you’re on vacation, you don’t exercise, and if you’re exercising, it’s not a vacation. Running shoes are tossed aside in favour of flip-flops and heels because “I won’t need these where I’m going.” The result: Many people come back from vacation feeling exhausted and …

EVERY CASUAL FAN knows things like coaching, weight training, talent, and strategy are important factors in building a championship sports team, but one crucial ingredient is often overlooked: Recruiting. This week, the Fulcrum spoke to the Gees’ men’s basketball team’s two newest members about their games and the recruiting process. Cruising to the Garnet and …

Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff WHAT’S IN YOUR fridge? That’s the question Health Services has been asking throughout the month of March. In partnership with the Dieticians of Canada, Health Promotions under the University of Ottawa Health Services have been travelling across campus trying to expose common nutrition myths and inform students about healthy eating. …

Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff I’M CANADIAN, AND proud of it. I follow Canadian politics and read Canadian literature. I have a Canada Day poster on my wall and I’ll tell people to shut up when our national anthem is played. I also get decked out in red and white to cheer on my favourite …

Top five household items you can use to work out with 1. Stairs Walking or jogging up and down stairs can provide a great cardio work out, as well as effective toning of the legs and butt. 2. Backpacks A weighted backpack can be a great addition to lunges and squats. For a better centre …

Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff SIXTY-FOUR TEAMS, ONE winner—how could you not watch this sporting phenomenon? Every year, the top college teams from the East, Mideast, West, and South come together for a massive three-week, single-elimination tournament known as March Madness. The winner of this tournament gets a gold-plated wooden National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) …

Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff FIVE YEARS AGO, the University of Ottawa partnered with the Ottawa Lions Athletic Club to create the track and field team we know today. The recruits to the program have been training for only a short while, yet they have proven they can compete with far more experienced athletes in …

 Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff ON JULY 27, millions of people will be glued to their computers and televisions to watch one of the greatest sporting events in history. That’s right—preparation is underway for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, and Canada has less than five months to ensure its athletes are organized and …

Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff THE GEE-GEES MADE the most of the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) Regional East tournament on March 9–10, using it as the ultimate practice for the upcoming CIS championships. The University of Ottawa women’s basketball team (19-3 regular season, 3-0 playoffs) took home a convincing 75-69 win against the University of …

AFTER 13 YEARS of teaching various fitness classes for the University of Ottawa’s Sports Services, Siobhán Rock taught her last class in May 2011 after noticing some surprising physical changes while pregnant with her third child. “I started tripping at one point, I tried running after my two year old and I couldn’t run. I …

NORMALLY, IF A friend asked me whether I wanted to spend my Sunday morning doing aerobics for four hours instead of sleeping in, I would tell them to kick rocks in flip-flops. When I was asked to participate in the annual Aerobic-a-Thon put on by the University of Ottawa Sports Services, which raises funds for …

Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff LAST YEAR, THE Gee-Gees saw one of their own make it to the 2011 Canadian Football League (CFL) draft, chosen 29th by the Calgary Stampeders. Now two more University of Ottawa athletes have the opportunity to take that leap, having completed the 2012 CFL evaluation camp in Toronto.Fourth-year receiver Bogdan …

Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff THE GEES LED an incredible season this year, with a record 16-consecutive-game winning streak, their first Capital Hoops victory ever, and to top it off, they managed to win the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) gold medal match against the Windsor Lancers—a team that beat the Gees at the last three …

Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff “WORDS ARE, IN my not-so-humble of opinions, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” Yes, those wise words were spoken by Professor Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of the fictional school of wizardry in the world of Harry Potter. But over the past weekend, they could just as easily have been applied to …

MONTREAL (CUP)—A CROWD-FILLED INDIGO bookstore in Place Montréal Trust Feb. 2 to hear former Montreal Canadiens goaltender and politician Ken Dryden talk about his book, The Game, and weigh in on the concussion crisis currently rocking the hockey world. The event was put on as part of Canada Reads, a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-run endeavour to …

Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff THE UNIVERSITY OF Ottawa track and field team will be travelling to the University of Manitoba to take part in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championship meet March 8–10. The team’s exemplary performance during the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) meet Feb. 24–25, and their results during the Super Saturday meet …

FROM A YOUNG age, I hated taking instructions from anyone, including my parents. When my mom would tell me to take a nap, I would retort: “I’m not tired. If you’re tired, why don’t you take a nap?” The first year I had a school photo taken, my mom refused to let me have the …

ON MARCH 3, the University of Ottawa women’s basketball team (19-3 regular season, 3-0 playoffs) was called to the centre of the court to accept the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) trophy after winning the gold medal match against the previous OUA champions the Windsor University Lancers (20-2 regular season,2-1 playoffs). “I think that is the …

DESPITE A ROUGH start, the University of Ottawa women’s basketball (19-3 regular season, 2-0 playoffs) team came out on top in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) semifinal match against the Brock University Badgers (15-7 regular season, 1-1 playoffs) 63-49. The first half of the game saw the Gees uncomfortable on their own court. Fifth-year centre …

THERE IS NO rest for the weary athlete. While most students were relaxing at home during reading week, the women’s volleyball team (13-5 regular season, 2-1 playoffs) made it to the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Final Four. The Gees made it all the way to the gold medal-match where they claimed silver and proved  they …

Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff “WHO DOESN’T LIKE swinging swords?” Marc-André LeBlanc, second-year student at the University of Ottawa and veteran épéé fencer, explained fencing is a lot more than just waving around a blade, although it’s fun to think so. The University of Ottawa fencing team transcended club status on Feb. 11 and 18 …

EXERCISING AND BED are quite similar. Whenever I see half-asleep zombies doing a lethargic step-up, step-down on the StairMaster at the gym for the umpteenth day in a row, I liken them to a set of bed sheets that haven’t been changed in months and months. Just like bed sheets, you need to switch up …

THE GEE-GEES CAPPED off their team’s swimming season Feb. 23–25 at the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) championships, hosted by the University of Montreal Carabins. Eighteen athletes from the University of Ottawa were in attendance, having qualified by matching national timing standards at one or more of the season’s regional meets. “A lot of people were …

Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff THE 2011–12 VARSITY playoff season is almost at an end. The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees have had a good season, but as of now, only two teams remain in the running for a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) spot. The Fulcrum gives you the rundown of how our teams did in …

It’s not just about how you play the game Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff WATCHING A SPORTS game is exhilarating. Over the last week, I’ve attended three playoff games and watched two online, and I have to say I was impressed. The power and speed at which these athletes play are incredible. But what is …

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