Intramurals take over the ARC

Inside the world of BEWICs

Queen's PHE/KIN teams have traditionally dominated at BEWICs.
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Brittany Mclaren

This past weekend marked Queen’s annual BEWIC Sports Days. Casually referred to as BEWICs, the sporting marathon is one of the most highly anticipated parts of the Queen’s intramural calendar.

Held from Jan. 17 to 18, the longstanding BEWICs (nobody is actually sure what it stands for anymore) transformed the ARC into a battleground as faculties duked it out in a wide range of unique sports.

Typically, Queen’s intramurals feature classic sports like basketball, hockey, and volleyball. BEWICs drops these in favour of giving students the opportunity to get together with their peers and compete in offbeat events they couldn’t participate in on a regular basis.

With events like rugby basketball, floorball, inner-tube water polo, and water volleyball filling up the docket, participants unwind and have summer camp-esque fun with their classmates.

“It’s a lot of fun, you see all types of people,” said BEWICs referee Deshane Richards in an interview with The Journal. “There are first years that are still getting to know the campus, all the way up to 30-year-old medical school students battling it out in these games.”

Some of the games aren’t very intuitive. Even Richards has a hard time keeping them straight at times: “I’m big into rugby basketball, being a guy that played both for such a long part of my life […] I find myself having to draw on my knowledge from both to figure out the game sometimes.”

While BEWICs is supposed to be all about fun, it wouldn’t be a Queen’s-hosted event without some interfaculty rivalry.

Unsurprisingly, the classic rivalry is between the law and medical school teams.

The kinesiology department is a perennial powerhouse that always has plenty of teams competing to honour the tradition of the faculty. The reigning champions, runner-ups, and third-place winners all came from this department.

This year’s tournament was more of the same: Phe-nal Countdown took home bragging rights as the champions, followed by SKHS Grads in second place, while the Squadriceps took home bronze.

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