By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – It is both an exciting time and era for the University of Victoria as the new Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities is set to open in the Spring of 2015. Before the campus expands to include this bigger and brighter building it is only fitting that we take a moment to celebrate and reflect back on the many memories inside McKinnon Gym.
Built in 1975, the McKinnon Gym has been home to Vikes Athletics, the school of exercise science, physical and health education and recreation users from the campus and community. The building is iconic for the gymnasium floor, home of the Vikes basketball programs, as well as the indoor pool, dance studio, squash courts and main lobby area.
The building was named after legendary Victoria sports community member Archie McKinnon (1896-1984) who coached Canadian athletes at four Olympic games and was a swimming and track and field instructor at the YMCA.
Whether you were a student, faculty member, varsity athlete, recreation user, fan, family member or future Vike you have a memory inside McKinnon Gym. As the building of CARSA draws nearer, it only seems fitting that time is taken to explore the many memories of McKinnon gym to date.
This is an opportunity to recognize an important chapter of UVic’s history, as the campus transitions to utilizing both McKinnon Gym and now also CARSA in the spring of 2015.
Your stories or photos from your memories in the classroom, during exam time, working out, swimming or playing sports in the gymnasium are all welcome. Written submissions should be a minimum of 150 words, while photos can also be posted with a caption online at facebook.com/iheartmck. Submissions due by Feb. 5, 2015, and will be a part of a celebration at the final varsity basketball game.
The varsity basketball teams will grace Ken and Kathy Shields Court inside McKinnon Gym for one last time on Feb. 14 in their final regular season home games. The women tip off at 5 p.m., while the men play at 7 p.m. Join us on Valentine’s Day in a special “I heart McKinnon” night dedicated to all of the great memories in McKinnon Gym and the many more to come. #IheartMcK