Campus Life

Renovation plan to aid women's hockey

The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women's hockey team has never really had a place to call home. Thanks to a city of Lethbridge plan to undertake a major upgrade of the Nicholas Sheran Leisure Centre, that will soon change.

The renovations will provide a major benefit to the Horns who, for years, have had to store their gear in unused washrooms, and did not have access to proper change facilities or other services – on home ice.

This is a massive shift for us as a team," says Pronghorns women's team head coach Chandy Kaip. "To finally have our own space and locker room area will make our home ice a better place for us to play. Anything that encourages success helps the team. As well, the new facilities that are being designed for all women to enjoy hockey should go a long way to making the sport more accessible."

The renovation plan includes the construction of change rooms in the arena for use by female patrons, creation of an athletic training centre, installation of an elevator, modifications to stairways and the parking lot, and upgrades to the refrigeration system. The project is estimated at $1.8 million, and will begin construction in the spring of 2010 with a planned completion in March 2011.

In acknowledging receipt of federal funding, Lethbridge Mayor Robert Tarleck says, "This is a clear demonstration of the commitment of the city of Lethbridge to barrier free access for women to athletic facilities."

Lethbridge Member of Parliament Rick Casson announced a $500,000 contribution to the enhancement project and further development of the recreational facility. The federal contribution comes in the form of its Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program, and will complement the $1.3 million municipal commitment to this project.

"I'm pleased that our government is supporting improvements to the Nicholas Sheran Leisure Centre, as the renewal of this facility will ensure all users have access to a full range of recreational opportunities long into the future," states Casson.

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