Quest to end varsity athletics

Quest to end varsity athletics

Quest University is ending its varsity athletics program after the basketball season in March.

"We know this news will be a disappointment to fans of the Kermodes," president George Iwama said in a news release, Thursday afternoon.

"We're grateful to our wonderful athletes, and to all of you who have cheered in the stands. When I could, I was in the stands with you. But endings signal beginnings too, and I look forward to inclusive, vibrant wellness initiatives that will serve the whole Quest family."

Reasons for ending the Varsity program include plans to reorganize resources to better serve the broader Quest community, the school said in the news release.

The university cannot do this and also sustain varsity in the way it needs and deserves, Iwama said.

Possibilities for the future include more focus on sports clubs and intramurals; RecPlex improvements; general health and wellness programs, such as fitness classes, or shuttle services to recreational areas.

The university said it will assemble a working group and seek input from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others to ensure the best outcomes.

Quest will continue to offer the Leaders in Elite Athletics and Performance (LEAP) program.

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