New passion, new season, same goal

The football team was wrapping up their sixth straight day of training camp. This final session of the near week-long run wrapped up around 11 p.m., with the surrounding campus dead-quiet. Most students have yet to move into residences. Eighty-five players reported to camp on day one, Aug. 27. The coaches are tasked with trimming that roster down to between 50 and 60 students before the season opener on Sept. 18 against the University of New Brunswick-Saint John Seawolves. The players have worked tirelessly over six days to catch the coaching staff’s attention.

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Rediscovering his hometown

While gazing across the Dalhousie University campus, Tigers men’s soccer team player Jack Ellis feels like he’s been here before. And he has, kind of, now returning to where he was born and his parents played university soccer nearly three decades prior.

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The best of 2019-2020

With Atlantic University Sport (AUS) and other league competition returning this month, it’s time to get ready for the roller-coaster ride a full season of university sport presents us. What better way to prepare for the season to come than by revisiting some of the most exciting, inspiring and overall fantastic moments from Dalhousie University Tigers players, teams and more in the last full season of 2019-2020?

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State of non-varsity sports

As Dalhousie University prepares to welcome students back to campus, athletics and recreational activities are expected to look more normal than during the online 2020-2021 school year.

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Return of the rink

Tigers athletic director Tim Maloney revealed plans for the new Dalhousie Events Centre in a statement on June 22. The Dalhousie board of governors voted in favour of the rink’s construction that day. It’s slated to be ready by fall 2023. The arena will be built on the parking lot between Wickwire Field and LeMarchant Place, where the Dalhousie Memorial Arena stood until 2012.

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2021-2022 Tigers fall preview

We last saw the Tigers in the U SPORTS final eight men’s basketball championship against the Carleton University Ravens on March 8, 2020. The resulting silver medal was the team’s highest-ever finish. The women’s volleyball Tigers were scheduled to play in the U SPORTS championship the weekend of March 13, before U SPORTS cancelled the tournament the day prior. At the time of this writing, it’s unclear whether spectators will be allowed back in most games, but here are some varsity teams’ first appearances at home in 2021-22.

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Courting the big leagues

The Maritime Women’s Basketball Association (MWBA) is set to tip off in April 2022. With national team and professional players expected to join MWBA teams, it could soon become one of Canada’s top women’s basketball leagues. The league has drawn interest from Atlantic University Sport (AUS) and Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) players too. Potentially eligible players include members of the Dalhousie University Tigers women’s basketball team.

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Game over for now

In this image: Dalhousie University's Overwatch team plays Overwatch.

In a regular year for the DeSS, the society attracts roughly 60 to 70 gamers across several games. This year, president Sahib Dhillon said, the number is closer to 25 people over four games. In-person events between local teams are highlights for DeSS players each year, the lack of which due to COVID-19 is affecting current participation.

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Rock in the community

Soon after discovering a love for rock climbing on a waterfall chasing trip, Shelby Hallam began frequenting rock climbing gyms in Halifax on a near daily basis. She invested in her own climbing equipment like harnesses and took up different types of climbing like top-roping. The best part though? Joining the Halifax climbing community.

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Dal athletics staffer calls it a career

Pat Nearing, after nearly 30 years working in university athletics, is fully retiring after stepping down from coaching the soccer team in 2019. Throughout his time working in university sport, he’s also coached minor soccer teams around Halifax and provincial soccer programs.

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