In this image: A group on a sailboat in the water.

Over February reading week, Dalhousie’s sailing club travelled to St. Petersburg, Florida, to compete in the CICSA Midwinters regatta.

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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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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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Every year, coaches are tasked with finding ways to get the best out of their athletes. Coaching through the COVID-19 pandemic at Dalhousie University has presented several challenges to that mission. Many coaches felt coaching this year was tougher without many games being played. Some Nova Scotia universities, including Dal, began playing some exhibition games in early February 2021. But then new provincial COVID-19 restrictions, announced on Feb. 26, shut down games again.

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After 11 years as head coach of the women’s basketball program at Dalhousie University, Anna Stammberger will retire this spring. She will be succeeded on an interim basis by current assistant coach Anton Berry on April 1, 2021.

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Hockey

In early February, Dalhousie University, the Saint Mary’s University (SMU) Huskies and the Acadia University Axemen and Axewomen organized an exhibition schedule slated to last roughly five weeks. But on Feb. 26, Nova Scotia Public Health declared a circuit-breaker to counter recent COVID-19 case spikes in the Halifax area. As part of the measures, games were cancelled for four weeks and effectively killed the schedule.

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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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Together with Scotties teammates Emily and Mackenzie Zacharias, Karlee Burgess and Lauren Lenentine won the World Junior Women’s Curling Championships in Russia last year. Burgess has represented Canada four times at the World Juniors and won three times. Lenentine won twice in three tournaments, and together with Burgess won in 2018 and 2020. Between titles in 2019, they helped Dal win an Atlantic University Sport (AUS) championship. This year’s Scotties was the team’s first major senior tournament together, representing Manitoba as one of the three wild card outfits.

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Thousands of sports business and management students graduate each year with hopes of starting careers in the sports industry. For sports management students across Canada, 2020’s post-graduate job hunt was no different than it had been in previous years. That is until the COVID-19 pandemic forced much of Canada to go into lockdown.

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Since the Nova Scotia government eased restrictions on gathering limits for sports on Jan. 25, 2021, intramural programming has been in the process of returning. Programming will be limited to basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer and e-sports for the semester, and will be limited to only Dalhousie students, rather than allowing for outside participation like in recent years.

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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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