16 varsity squads pass stage one of UBC Thunderbirds sports review
The University of British Columbia has released the stage one results of its sport review, and 16 varsity sports have secured funding for the 2014 year. No sports were excluded from stage one, according to GoThunderbirds.ca.
There are 29 varsity sports at UBC, and the remaining 13 will be invited to the review's second stage, which will occur at the end of February.
"Another month of uncertainty will be difficult for many," said the university's Athletics and Recreation director Ashley Howard. "But we need to keep our eye on the prize: higher achievement for our varsity teams, a top-notch experience for our student athletes and a sustainable future for the UBC Thunderbirds."
$800,000 in total additional funding will also be increased and added to UBC's varsity sports, starting in April, 2014. That number supports the budgets for both varsity sports and the Athletics and Recreation Department.
"Overall, advisory assessment team members were consistent in their evaluations and we are basing our decision on their findings," said UBC students vice president Louise Cowin. "The process has been revealing and is leading us to boost financial support for the teams."
The 16 sports that passed stage one are...
Team Sports: men's and women's Basketball, women's Field Hockey, men's Football, women's Ice Hockey, men's Rugby, men's Soccer, and women's Volleyball.
Individual Sports: men's and women's Cross Country, men's and women's Rowing, men's and women's Swimming, and men's and women's Track and Field.