Leaders in Canada
University of Alberta varsity teams compete in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The U of A’s 12 women’s teams, known as the Pandas, and 12 men’s teams, called the Golden Bears, boast 35 national championships in the past 16 years and sit third all-time with 73 national titles. As well, 48 coaches have won CIS Coach of the Year awards in the last 44 years.
Perennial favourites, U of A teams have gone 23 consecutive years with at least one national championship win. No other school in Canada has an active streak that long. Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics kept that streak alive in 2015-16 thanks to Pandas curling winning the national championship, the team's second consecutive title.
U of A athletes have won national championships in a wider array of sports than any other Canadian university. Our athletes also compete in the non-CIS affiliated sports of golf and tennis, with the Golden Bears tennis team winning the national championship in 2016, their second in three years.
More than just our sports teams
Sports are a big part of university life beyond the varsity ranks. Nearly 27,000 students, staff, and community members participated in U of A fitness classes, sports leagues, recreational activities, and special events in 2015-16.
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.