It’s that time of year again when the days get longer, the temperature rises, and the campus gets quieter. An academic year draws to a close for undergrads but for us grad students the work continues through the summer. We all know how painful it can be to work inside at our computers when the sun is shining brightly, taunting us to come out and play. With balance we can all have a summer filled with productivity and physical activity. Work hard, play hard, right?
I recently met with SGPS Athletics Coordinator, Chris Harris, to inquire about what kind of opportunities are out there for grad students, at Queen’s and within the Kingston community. Whether you are competitive or just like to play for fun, there are options for everyone.
- Co-ed pick-up soccer, every day at noon on Tindall field. Just show up and play. No experience is necessary.
- Greater Kingston Senior Soccer Association, men’s competitive league. Email the registrar to get on the free agent’s list. Visit www.gkssa.org for more information.
- Intramurals, email Duane Parliament firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the free agent’s list
- For competitive ultimate Frisbee action, email http://www.kingstonulti.ca/
- Frisbee golf will be organized by SGPS and will happen at City Park. Check the SGPS website for more details.
- Soccer, ultimate Frisbee, and softball, email Duane Parliament email@example.com to get on the free agent’s list
Kingston Sport and Social Club (KSSC)
- Largely Kingston residents over the age of 20. Many sports and activities to choose from each season. Check the website for more information: www.kssc.ca
Chris also mentioned some other activities that grads can look forward to, such as white water rafting on the Ottawa River on July 28th. For those seeking adventure, check the website fore more information: www.sgps.ca.
Any karaoke singers out there? On July 19th at 8pm, gather at Maru to join in the karaoke festivities. All are welcome so bring your friends.
Don’t forget to take advantage of your student card and head to the Athletics and Recreation Centre on campus. With the undergrads away for the summer it’s a great time to take advantage of the open space and availability. Furthermore, soccer balls, basketballs, pinnies and cones can be borrowed, and fields are available for use. So grab some friends, throw on some trainers, and check out the field schedules posted next to the equipment counter. Squash courts and ping-pong tables are also available for free with your student card. Just visit the front desk for information and equipment.
Chris is keen to get grads out and active this summer. “I’m open so if anyone has an idea come to me and we can work out a way to get it done. I love sporting events.”
No excuses now. Start planning your action-packed schedule.
Does anyone have any ideas for sports and recreation activities this summer? Is there anything else out there that grad students can join or attend?