Why curl at Laurier?
Wilfrid Laurier University, located in Waterloo, Ontario, offers undergraduate programs in a wide variety of the liberal arts and sciences, excellent undergraduate and graduate programs in music, and one of Canada’s largest and renowned business schools, The Laurier School of Business and Economics, which alone has more than 4,500 students enrolled in full-time, part-time, Ph.D. and Master’s programs, MBA, MABE, undergraduate and diploma programs.
Wilfrid Laurier University has many residence buildings and complexes that offer dormitory- or apartment-style accomodation in a same-sex or co-ed environment. Two buildings at Laurier’s Waterloo campus also offer an “Alternative Study Environment” with extended quiet hour regulations. All first-year undergraduate students at Laurier are guaranteed a place in residence, and about 80 percent of first-year students live in residence on campus.
If you are interested in pursuing a quality university education coupled with the opportunity to curl at a high level, here are some reasons to consider Wilfrid Laurier University:
- Laurier offers the most successful university curling program in Canada. Program graduates include world and Olympic champion John Morris, world champion Brent Laing, World University silver medalists Hollie Nicol, Danielle Inglis, Laura Hickey and Hilary McDermott, and Karuizawa gold medalists Laura Crocker, Sarah Wilkes, Jen Gates, and Pam Feldkamp. Combined, the women’s and men’s varsity curling teams have won twelve Ontario provincial championships, including four in the past three years. In addition, Laurier teams have won four of the eight national curling championships that have been contested.
- The Kitchener-Waterloo Granite Curling Club on Seagram Drive offers an excellent practice facility and residence for the High Performance Centre, only 150 meters from the main Wilfrid Laurier campus.
- Laurier is the only university in Canada to offer athletic scholarships to curling athletes.
- Laurier was the first university to offer a Junior Varsity program, in order to train additional athletes to complement the existing Varsity teams.
- All coaches in the Laurier Athletics curling program and the Golden Hawks Curling High Performance Centre are NCCP certified.
- The curling program at Laurier is the best-funded university-level curling program in the country.
- Curling athletes at Laurier enjoy the privileges that come with curling being a full status sport within the WLU athletic department.
- The curling program at Laurier pays curling club memberships for varsity and junior varsity athletes, allowing the athletes to benefit from curling club resources, including league play, in addition to those facilities offered by the school.
- At Laurier, the curling program supplements the university-level OUA and CIS competition schedule with additional events, including the Ontario Junior Curling Tour.
- Academically, Wilfrid Laurier University offers an excellent and broad range of well-respected undergraduate programs in most disiplines, along with recognized specialty programs in music, business, and economics.
- Academic supports are available to all Laurier athletes if required.
- Laurier is the only university program in Canada engaged in building a High Performance Centre for curling.