Athletics

Unique to the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, is that the University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics teams are housed within our faculty. Athletics offers students the opportunity to interweave their studies and research with applied and interdisciplinary experiences both inside and outside the classroom.  

Athletics News

Athletics and Research

HPTRC

The HPTRC, which is another facet of the “Alberta Model”, is designed as a unique training centre and living laboratory that incorporates the Faculty’s sport research and sport science expertise with high performance athletes who are continuing their sport development and preparing for elite competition.

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 34 national championships in the past 15 years and sit third all-time with 72 national titles. As well, 48 coaches have won CIS Coach of the Year awards in the last 43 years.

U of A Athletics is coming off a banner 2014–15 year that saw four teams win national titles. The Golden Bears repeated as champions in hockey and volleyball, while U of A curlers won both the men's and women's CIS titles. U of A teams are perennial favourites, especially in hockey, and U of A athletes have won national championships in a wider array of sports than any other Canadian university.

Athletes also compete nationally in the non-CIS affiliated sports of golf and tennis. The tennis team won its first national title in 2014.