Student Speak

Why you should become a Ridgeback athlete

Posted by Zahra Mustansir on June 4, 2019 at 9:06 AM

In my first year I decided to dive right into the university experience and tried out for the women’s novice rowing team. Despite being a complete beginner, I was invested in learning and wanted to get fit.

Our university is always looking for recruits and you can apply to be part of sports teams in the beginning of the school year. If you’re interested, there are currently 16 varsity sports team including the recently approved varsity basketball teams.

Joining a Ridgeback team was such a rewarding experience for me, here’s why:

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Mixing your passions with your academics

Posted by Kari Clarkson on May 14, 2019 at 9:03 AM

A major part of deciding where to attend university can be finding a way to combine your interests and passions with your academic studies.

Once you have a short (or long) list of schools you’re interested in, check out what extracurricular activities they offer, clubs, groups and varsity sports teams.

Odds are, you’ll find a way to combine one of your passions with your studies.

Just ask Forensic Psychology student Doraianna Filippo. She is a fourth year student whose passion for dance has led to her joining our university’s varsity dance team.

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Basketball will be hitting our courts next school year

Posted by Kari Clarkson on January 10, 2019 at 9:03 AM

If you’re planning to start as a Ridgeback in the 2019-2020 school year, you’ll be part of a special year for our athletics department.

This September, our university is excited to introduce women’s and men’s basketball to our group of varsity sports!

The new teams were made official last May when our university’s bid for basketball was approved by Ontario University Athletics.

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What I would tell my first-year self

Posted by Robynne Henry on April 14, 2016 at 11:23 AM

What would you tell your first-year self? That's the question we asked to Ridgebacks hockey team left wing player and Communications and Digital Media Studies student, James Woodcroft. 

"Take a stab at anything," Woodcroft says, "Because nothing is too far away, as long as you dedicate yourself to accomplishing your goals."

Woodcroft originally found the idea of being a student-athlete daunting. While playing in the OHL with the Windsor Spitfires, he was approached to be recruited for the Ridgebacks.

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An interview with Hunter the Ridgeback

Posted by Robynne Henry on April 13, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with our mascot, Hunter the Ridgeback. We discussed what it was like to represent UOIT at sporting events, how you could represent your school as Hunter, and some of the best experiences while cheering on student-athletes at UOIT.

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Ridgeback Rowers 10 years strong

Posted by Robynne Henry on March 18, 2016 at 11:33 AM

4 a.m. wake up calls. Six days a week. Catching crabs, Power 10, coxie, and Head of the Trent.

The words above are just some of what you'd learn when trying out for or being a part of the UOIT Ridgebacks rowing team, which just celebrated their 10th season at UOIT this past fall, and was among the first athletic programs established at the university.

"I wanted to be involved outside of the classroom, and at the time, UOIT only had tennis, rowing and hockey," explained rowing team alum and current team manager of the rowing team, Christie Atwood. "Rowing is a unique sport so the fact that UOIT offers it makes the athletic program just as unique."

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Ridgebacks hockey teams succeed on and off the ice

Posted by Robynne Henry on February 26, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Determination and a love for the game are crucial for any athlete to succeed, especially when the game they are playing is loved by their nation. With the honour of representing their school on the ice, members of the men's and women's UOIT Ridgebacks hockey teams have the unique opportunity many athletes don't. As the Ridgebacks program is still relatively new, student-athletes have the chance to make a name for themselves and UOIT.

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Ontario Tech University Ridgeback makes the cut for cancer

Posted by Robynne Henry on February 18, 2016 at 2:25 PM

One of the core building blocks in the Ontario Tech University athletic program is community involvement. Recently, the Ridgebacks have called on fellow athletes, students, fans, staff and faculty to help a cause close to one Ridgebacks team member's heart.

The support of the Ontario Tech University community can make a huge difference for a Ridgeback while fundraising during the school year, and could offer them a large platform to raise as much money as possible. This was the case for Carissa Giesbrecht, who plays attack on the women's lacrosse team. She raised money and donated her hair to the Canadian Cancer Society and their partner Pantene Beautiful Lengths this past February.

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Why should I be a part of the Ontario Tech University Ridgebacks?

Posted by Robynne Henry on February 8, 2016 at 10:52 AM

Choosing the right university to go to can be a daunting decision, especially taking into consideration everything that goes into a university education outside of homework and classes. From extracurriculars and student life to the diverse athletic options, opportunities to become involved may be a bit overwhelming

But, fear not! I've done some research for you on Ontario Tech University's diverse and dynamic athletic program and spoken to current athletes, alumni and staff from the athletic department to see why becoming involved in sports at Ontario Tech University is so important for an undergraduate experience. 

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