VICTORIA – She Shoots She Scores! Fresh off of a spectacular performance by Canadian women at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics, the University of Victoria Vikes are kicking off a campaign celebrating women in sport in advance of a pair of upcoming national championships on home soil.
The campaign, She Shoots She Scores, aims to highlight women in sport through athlete stories and community events and is built around the CIS Women’s Rugby Championship in November as well as the CIS Women’s Basketball Championship in March.
The homepage for the event is shootscore.ca, featuring game times, athlete profiles and videos that give an inside look at the personalities of the Vikes athletes. Vikes athletes will also be present in the community, partnering with local schools and sponsors with the goal of inspiring the youth and promoting the importance of active healthy living.
“Hosting two national championships in one year is a unique opportunity for any school, but for the Vikes it represents a particularly special chance to celebrate and showcase the tradition of excellence of our women’s programs,” said Clint Hamilton, Director of Vikes Athletics and Recreation.
“Our student-athletes are among the brightest and most talented in Canada and we’re looking forward to watching the community rally around our women’s rugby and women’s basketball teams as they chase their respective national banners on campus.”
UVic’s women’s teams have won 30 of the school’s 48 CIS championships and 68 of 124 conference championships. A school that prides itself on national and international excellence, UVic sits safely among the top schools in Canada in women’s varsity athletics.
On the heels of rugby 7’s making its debut at the 2016 Olympic Games, the Vikes will welcome the top eight Canadian women’s varsity rugby teams to Wallace Field and Centennial Stadium from November 3-6. Last year, the Vikes emerged as Canada West champions and the team is set to compete with the best of the best once again this season.
Then, in March of 2017, the madness returns to the UVic hardwood for the first time in more than two decades as the Vikes look for their 10th CIS championship. The final eight women’s national basketball championships will be held March 9-12 inside the new CARSA Performance Gym.