Pack apply to host CIS Men’s Soccer Nationals
Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack want to host another CIS National championship. The WolfPack have entered bids to host either the 2017 or the 2018 Men’s Soccer Nationals.
“We looked at what championships we wanted to host going forward,’ said Thompson Rivers Athletics and Recreation Director Ken Olynyk. “ We felt with the advancement that our men’s soccer team has made under John Antulov, we thought this would be something we would be successful at. John has done a great job of recruiting and putting a competitive team on the field.”
He adds” “We wanted to look at something that was viable and reasonable and have a good chance of winning.”
Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) put a call out for bids in late April and TRU applied.
The WolfPack are the only school applying for the 2017 event. TRU, UBC and York have their bids in for the 2018 Nationals.
If successful, the top eight men’s teams in Canadian men’s university sport would play in a single knockout elimination championship at Hillside Stadium in November (9-12).
“We have had great support of the City of Kamloops, the rest of the university and of course KYSA (Kamloops Youth Soccer),” Olynyk adds. “We are excited about the opportunity to bring in this high level soccer.”
The WolfPack are no stranger to hosting championships. TRU has hosted CIS men’s volleyball and curling championships along with a number of Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championships: including men’s and women’s soccer nationals in 2008.
The official announcement on which schools won the right to host CIS Nationals will be announced in the next few weeks.