January 23, 2007      
AD's Message

The fall athletics season has come and gone; some of our teams experienced success and others disappointment. Congratulations to our menís rugby team and the varsity club menís field lacrosse team for their participation in post-season play. The winter season is in full swing with our basketball teams in the thick of their schedules, the ski teams have hit the slopes (finally there is snow!), and the Polar Bear hockey team continues to play exhibition games in the area. Most importantly, though, is the fact that all our teams compete at their highest level and give the very best they can of themselves.

This fall Bishopís University took a positive step in joining "Excellence Sportive Sherbrooke,Ē an organization of all the major athletics players in the Sherbrooke area. This partnership enables Bishopís to be at the table when large sporting events are being organized in the Sherbrooke area which could have a spin-off effect for our University. Excellence Sportive Sherbrooke, for example, has begun planning and will submit a bid to host the Summer Canada Games in 2013.

I want to thank Dr. Michael Richardson for his dedication and work as our Womenís Head Soccer Coach. His efforts to raise the profile of Womenís Soccer at Bishopís are much appreciated. Darren Matthews, an Assistant Coach with Mike, will take over the Head Coaching duties. He has developed a good plan and is committed to taking the program to greater heights.

There was also a recent change in our football staff. Marc Loranger, the Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator for the past seven seasons, took over a similar position at the University of Sherbrooke. I thank him for his efforts and wish him the best of luck in his new endeavours. A search is on to replace Marc and news will be forthcoming as to whom we find.

On behalf of our coaches and student-athletes I would like to wish all of you the very best in 2007. Your support helps bridge the financial gap which continues to grow in Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Our coaches continue to work hard to recruit, train, and mentor the best student-athletes so that they can have as positive an experience as you had when you wore Gaiter purple. Thank you.

Go Gaiters!
Tony Addona
Director of Athletics

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