Today marked the official opening of an exciting new facility for the University of Ottawa. The Sports Services High Performance Centre is a dedicated space with new equipment for Gee-Gees varsity student-athletes as well as students and members of the university community who are pursuing high performance training goals.
Over the past four months, work has been ongoing to renovate the space which previously housed three squash courts on the lower level of Montpetit Hall. The new 5000 square foot centre now features five sections of training space linked by a 25m speed running track.
“I cannot underscore enough how important this facility will be in allowing uOttawa varsity teams to address team preparation at a level required in order to be championship contenders, including our ability to recruit top student-athletes to uOttawa,” said Roger Archambault, Assistant Director of High Performance at Sports Services.
“The High Performance Centre will also enhance the overall student experience for all uOttawa students by alleviating pressure in our existing fitness centres. This is a significant commitment by the University and Sports Services to enhance the student and student-athlete experience,” continued Archambault.
In addition to the facility opening, Sports Services has also contracted Joey Kwasniewski for the new position of Lead Varsity Performance Coach. Kwasniewski will oversee the staffing of the facility as well as providing expertise in strength and conditioning training programs for the Gee-Gees teams.
“This centre provides all of our uOttawa varsity athletes with a home to come and train. It’s an area where everyone can come together with quality equipment in a quality space to work as one,” said Kwasniewski, whose focus is on movement-based training techniques. "We want to teach our student-athletes how to use, develop, and maintain their bodies and we’re going to build a culture together for our Gee-Gee Performance department.”
Sports Services is developing programming to serve the university community, maximizing the benefits of the new space and expertise. This programming will be directed by the Lead Varsity Performance Coach and Sports Services Manager of Fitness Programs. Sports Services also looks forward to potential partnerships with faculties and other student services on campus.
The High Performance Centre will begin its regular operations for varsity student-athletes on Monday, May 16. Programming for the university community will begin in the fall. The Centre will run on a bookings system which will offer timeslots to teams and individual sessions – access is limited to those who have been identified as part of an approved training group.
Sports Services also offers personal training in addition to memberships at its Health and Lifestyle Centre at the uOttawa Minto Sports Complex or the Fitness Centre at Montpetit Hall. Those existing facilities will have almost 500 active users redirected to the High Performance Centre, helping to manage the current high demand among users.