In 2015, athletes from throughout the Americas will journey to UTSC to compete for gold. They will challenge themselves like never before, set new standards for personal achievement, and perhaps set a world record or two, right here on campus.
The UTSC community – our students, faculty, staff and alumni, and our neighbours throughout Scarborough, Markham and Durham Region – will witness these feats of excellence first-hand, in our own backyard.
These experiences will inspire our community to incorporate notions of wellness, athleticism, healthy competition and leadership into our daily lives. After the Games, elite athletes from across Canada will continue to train here, and continue to inspire us all.
When the last Pan Am and Parapan Am medals are given out in 2015, the new centre will shift from hosting the international community to hosting UTSC students and the local community as a world-class, multi-use athletics facility.
With two Olympic-sized pools, a dive tank, a four-court gymnasium, an indoor running track and a rock climbing wall, the complex will offer a vast array of recreational and personal fitness programming. Activities will range from traditional swim and dive instruction to underwater hockey, inner tube water polo and even SCUBA certification training.
These programs will be inclusive and geared to diverse populations with a range of abilities, and the building itself will meet the highest standards for accessibility. Local residents – along with UTSC students, staff, faculty and alumni – will reap all the benefits of having a cutting-edge athletics facility just down the street. And if they’re lucky, they might occasionally find themselves swimming one-lane-over from a future Pan Am, Olympic or ParaSport gold medalist.
The new centre will provide UTSC students with innovative experiential education opportunities linked to their academic programs of study.
With first-class training facilities, a sports medicine clinic, three multi-use teaching studios and a highly anticipated centre for high-performance sport, our students will be exposed to the very latest in technology, equipment and athletic theory.
Internships, coaching programs, ample social areas and an abundance of flat programmable space will further contribute to UTSC’s unique campus atmosphere. Meanwhile, UTSC’s research faculty will be able to plumb the scientific depths of extreme biological performance.
Located at the corner of Morningside Drive and Military Trail, the facility will be a striking new landmark in the region. Visible from the 401, the building’s iconic architecture will transform UTSC’s presence in the community and serve as an impressive gateway to our campus.
Long before the athletes arrive, the facility will act as a catalyst for economic revitalization and investment in the area, and it will generate new employment opportunities for local residents and UTSC students. The complex will become a hub of activity, collaboration and community for the eastern GTA, underpinned by a shared belief in the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle.
The same values that make a great athlete – dedication, hard work and a willingness to push boundaries – are the same values we strive to instill in our students here at UTSC. In 2015, our campus will host the world, and we can’t wait to experience the excitement. But 2015 will just be the beginning.