Sports

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 40 national championships in the past 18 years and sits third all-time with 78 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 25 consecutive years with at least one national championship win. No other school in Canada has an active streak that long. The streak was kept alive in 2017-18 thanks to a record 16th University Cup title for the Golden Bears hockey team, and national titles won by both the Bears and Pandas curling rinks.

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 Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation was the first university faculty of its kind in the Commonwealth when it was established in 1964.

In 2017-18, the U of A added 174 Academic All-Canadians to its roster, including 157 from a U SPORTS sanctioned sport—a national record for a single year. Academic All-Canadians are student-athletes recognized for maintaining an average of 80 per cent or better over the academic year while competing full-time for a varsity team. The U of A leads the country with a total of 2,907 Academic All-Canadians.