Sports in Brief: month of May

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Your sports round-up for the month of May.

Junior Gaels program creates positive change

The Junior Gaels are beginning to prepare for their upcoming seasons at Queen’s. The Junior Gaels program is a new initiative that encourages local youth to pursue sports further, along with a post-secondary education. 

Junior Gaels include students from the Kingston area and local youth sports teams through a partnership with Queen’s Athletics. The program has been successful so far, generating interest from youth athletes and the community at large. 

The Junior Gaels have many opportunities within the program. They’re able to learn from current athletes, gain input from Queen’s coaches, and attend Junior Gaels specific events at the ARC. 

This environment fosters relationships between Queen’s and promising athletes, giving them valuable exposure to U Sports personnel and potentially opening the door for later recruitment. Most importantly, the program shows the students involved they’re capable of continuing their athletic ambitions beyond high school. 

— Alina Yusufzai

ARC gym under renovation for the upcoming school year

Part of the ARC gym is closed for the summer as parts of the main level are renovated. The changes include the Q Services desk, entry gates, Q Shop, and the student and alumni lounges. The workout areas remain open during the renovation, but access is only available through Mitchell Hall. 

Signs have been posted on the doors of the ARC, directing gym-goers towards the Mitchell Hall entrance. The renovation prohibits access to the main floor of 

the ARC North. All member services will be available through the ARC South Q Services desk. 

The renovations will include a new exit gate and two entry gates, a Q Services counter with no barrier and a separate ticket counter to allow guests easier access to ticket services. 

As well, the renovations will include more meeting spaces, a larger Q shop, and a renovated alumni lounge for larger meetings. The current changes are set to be finished by September.    

— Alina Yusufzai

Richardson Stadium to play host to national football tournaments

Football Canada, the city of Kingston, and Queen’s University have partnered to bring two youth tackle football tournaments to Richardson Stadium this July. 

Nearly 480 athletes competing in the Canada Cup and the Under-16 Eastern Challenge will descend upon Kingston for games that will be played between July 5 and 13. 

The Canada Cup will feature eight teams representing provinces across the country, while teams from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario will compete in the Eastern Challenge. Admission is free.

—Jack Rabb

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