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UBC approves 9 sport clubs for competitive status, including Ultimate, Wrestling, Tennis
The University of British Columbia has approved nine AMS sports clubs for competitive club status, which will take effect under the school's new and controversial sports model in September, 2015.
The nine clubs – men's field lacrosse, fencing, sailing, synchronized swimming, tennis, triathlon, men's ultimate, women's ultimate and wrestling – will now have equal status to the only five sports that were demoted from their previous status as varsity teams. Those five sports, or competitive clubs, are women's softball, men's and women's alpine skiing and men's and women's Nordic skiing.
"While the specifics need careful attention over the coming year of transition, we are delighted to confirm that enhanced learning for student leaders and the ability to officially compete on behalf of UBC will be core elements of the program going forward," said Ashley Howard, UBC's Athletics managing director (Ubyssey).
"These are the chief needs we heard loud and clear from our community. We look forward to supporting these clubs to reach their full potential."
According to the school's press release (*embedded below), AMS clubs were invited to apply for Competitive Club status in February, 2014 and each club had to provide information on itself covering five areas: competitive success, competition and progression; supports for competitive success; community support and tradition; partnerships; and fit with university mission.
Competitive clubs can compete in inter-collegiate leagues and competitions, but not in the varsity leagues – the NAIA or the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport).