A look at BEWIC

Over 1,000 students and 32 teams swarm ARC for annual competition

On Saturday, BEWIC Sports Days participants gather at the ARC for an awards ceremony.
On Saturday, BEWIC Sports Days participants gather at the ARC for an awards ceremony.
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Team Aesculapians dive to keep the play alive in water volleyball.
Team Aesculapians dive to keep the play alive in water volleyball.
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Kevin Proudfoot reaches for a point in rugby basketball.
Kevin Proudfoot reaches for a point in rugby basketball.
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There was unusual commotion at the ARC this weekend. Over 1,000 students spent Friday and Saturday camped out at the building to compete in four made-up sports.

The 27th-annual BEWIC Sports Days tournament consisted of 32 co-ed teams competing in rugby basketball, inner tube water polo, floorball and water volleyball. BEWIC co-ordinator Duane Parliament said the tournament has been growing steadily in recent years.

“[It] started as a co-ed-crazy-silly-fun weekend a long time ago,” he said. “They’ve been doing it ever since.”

The tournament wasn’t solely results-based. Teams were ranked partly on competitive results and partly on sportsmanship shown towards officials and opponents. .

Team B.Ed. Bugz came first overall in BEWIC. Team Athletes In Action won the Spirit Award.

Rugby basketball
Winner: Team KO

Rugby basketball sticks to the rules of basketball, but the players use an awkward rugby ball. Players can travel three steps in any direction without dribbling, then must pass or shoot.

“The rugby basketball was a little nuts. It’s hard to grasp the idea of it. You are kind of playing basketball, handball and rugby,” Hayley Pollak, PheKin ’15, said.

Inner tube water polo
Winner: Team Con-Ed #1

Inner tube water polo was an original BEWIC sport. Players can’t stand on the bottom of the pool and can’t hold or push off others’ tubes as they attempt to score.

“One of the good things about BEWIC is the opportunity to play different sports, which is why rugby basketball and inner tube water polo were ideal when it started,” BEWIC co-ordinator Duane Parliament said.

Floorball
Winner: Team Power to Change

“When the Jock Harty Arena was demolished for the Queen’s Centre, we needed a replacement sport for broomball, which is when floorball was introduced,” Parliament said.

The game is similar to hockey. All players, except the goalie, use floorball sticks in the game.

Water volleyball
Winner: Team PHEranKINsteins

“When we moved from the PEC to the ARC, we needed a fourth sport to replace volleyball, so volleyball was replaced with water volleyball,” Parliament said.

Water volleyball was played in the ARC pool and follows the rules of volleyball. The ball can touch anywhere on a player’s body, but can’t hit the water.

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