Leaders in Canada
The University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics is one of Canada's premier intercollegiate programs. The U of A boasts 37 national championships in the past 17 years and sits third all-time with 75 national titles. As well, 49 coaches have won CIS Coach of the Year awards in the last 45 years. The man responsible for two of those coaching awards was hockey coaching legend Clare Drake, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.
Perennial favourites, U of A teams have gone 24 consecutive years with at least one national championship win. No other school in Canada has an active streak that long. That streak was kept alive in 2016-17 thanks to a fifth national title for Golden Bears soccer and a record-setting eighth national crown for the Pandas hockey team.
Sports are a big part of university life beyond the varsity ranks. Four alumni attended the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil: Carline Muir (track and field), Ben Saxton (beach volleyball), Lynda Kiejko (pistol shooting), and Tara Whitten (cycling).
The U of A ’s love of sport stretches to the classroom as well: the renowned Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation was the first university faculty of its kind in the Commonwealth when it was established in 1964.