Sports clubs attack Western’s campus

Kendo, triathlon clubs among zany groups recruiting members

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Western's Kendo club

Jon Purdy

WAX ON, WAX OFF...DAMN RAPH, PASS THE PIZZA. While Splinter is nowhere to be found, Western’s Kendo club is one of the many exciting clubs available on campus.

As the second half of the school year begins, Clubs Week returned to the University Community Centre atrium, as numerous athletics clubs are recruiting new members.

A plethora of sports had booths set up this week in hopes of reaching students at the beginning of the semester. There are clubs for obscure sports like paintball, conventional ones like squash and badminton and even a Kendo club for students interested in a little swordplay.

“It’s a great way to meet like-minded people if you’re interested in athletics and staying fit,” said Jackie Taylor, running representative for the UWO Triathlon Club.

Taylor described the club.

“Outside of our regular training " running, cycling and swimming " we have a lot of social events,” she said. “Bowling, snow-tubing, karaoke and a lot of fun things.”

Mustang Paintball president Ivan Barker also stressed his club’s social activities.

“We go out and play [paintball] games,” Barker said. “We also do pizza nights, pub nights " it’s a little bit of everything.”

Barker added there’s no heavy commitment required.

Other clubs take a more serious approach. For example, Athletes in Action takes a religious perspective on sports and community work.

“We’re a Christian sports mission which works on campus with athletes of various levels " varsity athletes, community athletes or just athletic-minded people,” said city director Adam Rumball. “We have a program that involves such things as pickup sports, and we do socials including events off campus.”

Many claimed the new semester is a good time to join a club; Tae Kwon Doe club executive Andrea Fernandes said new members can get right into the swing of things.

“We have new members all the time, and the class is geared so that even if you don’t know anything about the martial art, there are people who can always help you learn,” she said.

“We can start from the beginning. People can do their own thing if they’re higher belts, and if you’re a lower belt there’ll be higher belts helping you.”

Fernandes added that joining an athletic club is a great option for students interested in fitness.

“[Joining the club is] a good way to learn your self-defence and also it’s a good workout if you want to stay in shape,” she said.

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