Ryerson alumnus Aaron Best led the Rams basketball team to a historic Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship in 2016, and is now making his mark in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) G League.
Growing interest in men’s and women’s curling at Ryerson has paved the way for the program’s first development squad.
Head coach Perry Marshall said that having an established program and presence in the Ryerson athletic department brings community awareness to the sport.
Cameron Lawrence clings onto a wall by the tips of his fingers, nearly upside down. He crouches down and prepares to use his legs to explode upwards to grab a finger hold about a metre above his head.
With a grunt, he leaps into the air and slaps the handhold above him, but he is not quite able to grab onto it, and he crashes down on the padded floor. Standing up, he covers his hands in a helping of chalk to dry up the sweat on his fingers and tries again. Then, hits the ground again. And over and over again, more than a dozen times.
Ryerson Athletics is reviewing its grade monitoring process among student athletes after the men’s soccer team was penalized for academic ineligibility by the Ontario University Athletics and U Sports.
An unnamed player failed to meet academic requirements back in September, forcing the team to forfeit its first six games. Had the wins stood, the team would have been in fourth place overall in the country.
The second season of fastpitch at Ryerson was a year of many firsts.
Last weekend the team made the trip west to Kitchener for their first ever appearance in the provincial championships and won their first ever playoff game in the process, following 10 wins in the regular season.