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Sporting a healthy life

September 4, 2013

Sporting a healthy life
Competing in intramural sports at Western has offered student Alex Vincent more than a healthy social break from her studies.

When you ask Alex Vincent what she’s most proud of so far from her Western Experience, she says finding her “niche among the 37,000-plus students.”

“I’m proud to feel like I have a place and role on campus,” says Alex, whose high school graduating class numbered 35 students.

“I’m less like a number and more like a part of what makes Western a university that people want to attend.”

That confidence can partly be attributed to Alex’s involvement in intramural sports at Western. In the past three years, she has competed in basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer.

“Intramural sports have not only allowed me to stay active during the school year, but have also given me the chance to meet a lot of new people, especially people I might never run into on campus otherwise,” says the third-year health sciences student and recipient of The Parents’ Fund Award in Health Sciences.

With more than 1,400 teams, roughly 14,000 students play and compete each year in Western’s intramural sports program – one of the largest of its kind in Canada.

The high rate of participation speaks to the impact recreation and sports has on student success at Western.

“Competing in intramurals and staying active provides a healthy social break and an opportunity to refocus my body and mind by spending time with friends outside the lecture hall and library,” Alex adds.

Entering her final year of the health sciences program at Western, she has her eyes set on a health promotion career – particularly overseas.

“I’m learning a lot about the factors that influence health in the whole of one’s life. It’s made me interested in global health promotion, and how inaccessible health care is in developing countries,” says Alex, whose dream is to work for the World Health Organization.

Until then, Alex will focus her attention on her studies and extracurricular activities at Western. “Participating in student clubs and intramural sports helps me get out of my shell and meet some amazing people,” says Alex.

“My education at Western doesn’t only come from textbooks but from the people I work with, the volunteer committees I sit on and the sports teams I compete on.

“All of this has made Western more of a home – where I learn, live and play.”

Recreation and sport
From basketball to ultimate Frisbee to inner tube water polo, Western offers a range of intramural sports leagues for students. Levels of play vary from recreational to competitive. Visit Western Athletics to discover more about Western's intramural and varsity programs.

This article appeared in the 2013 edition of Western's Parent Connection
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