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At the University of Ottawa, everyone is a Gee-Gee!

Origin of Gee-Gees name

The University of Ottawa’s traditional colours have long been garnet and grey. Before the team had an official nickname, sports teams were often referred by their team colours. The Ottawa sports media began calling the team by the colours’ initials, “GG”. Eventually, the team name of Gee-Gees stuck. Since a Gee-Gee is also the lead horse in a race, the logo of a horse encompassing two letter Gs was adopted as the official logo. The logo exemplifies the speed, determination and spirit which have become benchmarks of the team.

Gee-Gees Mascot

Sports Services offers six types of programs:

  1. Recreational
  2. Fitness
  3. Camps
  4. Intramurals : one of the highest participation rates in Canada (1 in 8 students)
  5. Competitive Sport Clubs (18)
  6. Eleven varsity teams in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) 


Sports Services is one of the largest student employers on campus. There are positions available for students with a variety of skills.

  • More than 2,000 students use the sports facilities daily.
  • Special programs like outdoor education and activities, certifications, etc. are offered both on and off campus at a reasonable cost.
  • All uOttawa students can attend Gee-Gees regular season home games for free (except football and Capital Hoops)

Student memberships

All University of Ottawa students with valid registration automatically have access to Sports Services facilities. All costs associated with student memberships are included in student ancillary fees.

A student membership includes access to:

  • Fitness centres
  • Aerobic classes (over 30 group fitness classes per week)
  • Montpetit Hall pool during public swims
  • Squash
  • Recreational activities in the Montpetit gymnasiums, on Matt Anthony field and in the skating rink
    • Badminton, volleyball, basketball, swimming, soccer and martial arts
    • All recreational activities are non-structured and teams are made up on the day of the activity