By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
September 20, 2012, VICTORIA, B.C. – From Sept. 2012 to June 2013, the University of Victoria will commemorate its 50th Anniversary and the Vikes Athletics and Recreation department have marked Sept. 28-29 as their homecoming weekend. The two days are packed with campus-wide activities, as well as Vikes athletics alumni games, events and the Vikes Retro Party on Sept. 29.
The main event for the weekend is the Vikes Retro Party, which is set to wrap up the two-day festivities on Saturday night at 8 p.m. The party is open to all alumni and friends wanting to celebrate the legacy of excellence that is Vikes Athletics. The decade-by-decade celebration hosted in the McKinnon Gym at 8 p.m. will feature the Timebenders band for live music and dancing.
“The 50th Anniversary weekend is not only a time to celebrate the University’s last 50 years but also to celebrate the accomplishments and legacy created by the Vikes athletics alumni,” said Teri Kerr, Vikes Alumni Relations Officer. “We want to celebrate the legacy of excellence created over the past 50 years but also mark the entrance into UVic’s next 50 years – a new chapter and era, where we will create new memories and achievements.”
Vikes Athletics has a jam-packed schedule beginning on Friday, Sept. 28. There will be a special media launch at 10 a.m. at the UVic Bookstore announcing a new partnership between Nike, the UVic Bookstore, as well as Vikes Athletics and Recreation.
Also occurring on the Friday are regular Canada West season games for women’s rugby (vs. Alberta, 5 p.m.), women’s soccer (vs. Winnipeg, 5 p.m.) and men’s soccer (vs. Alberta, 7:15 p.m.). As well, the Vikes women’s and men’s basketball teams will face-off against their alumni counterparts in the McKinnon Gym at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.
At the half-time of the men’s alumni basketball game on Friday, former Vike and two-time Paralympian Janet McLachlan, has organized a wheelchair basketball five-on-five game for spectators to watch. McLachlan is Canada’s top scorer for the wheelchair basketball team and prior to a knee injury, competed for the Vikes women’s basketball program that won CIAU national championships in 1998 and 2000.
“This weekend is a unique opportunity for alumni across all sports and decades to re-engage with each other,” said Clint Hamilton, Director of Athletics and Recreation at UVic. “Student-athletes will return home to campus to celebrate and remember all the achievements and experiences from the past 50 years and also help carry the current generation of Vikes into the next 50 year celebration.”
On Saturday, Sept. 29, former Vike and Olympic rower Mike Lewis will be giving an alumni talk at 10:30 a.m. about his experiences after winning bronze for Canada in the lightweight men’s four at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Regular season women’s field hockey (vs. UBC, 11 a.m.), men’s rugby (vs. UBC, 3 p.m.) and women’s and men’s soccer action will continue on the Saturday, coupled with several alumni events. The women’s field hockey alumni will gather for a game at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s alumni group at 3 p.m.
Vikes Recreation is also hosting a 50 Days of Movement Challenge from Sept. 14, 2012 to April 5, 2013. This is an eight month health and wellness challenge to get people moving for 20 minutes a day and involves weekly prize draws.
For more information visit www.uvic.ca/anniversary or contact Teri Kerr, Vikes Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Officer at email@example.com or 250-472-4642.