Camrosians will have more Vikings to cheer for in the coming months, as Augustana Campus is thrilled to announce the addition of Men’s & Women’s Soccer and Golf programs to Vikings Athletics beginning this fall.
The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) ratified Augustana’s application to join the league in soccer and golf at their Annual General Meeting on May 7, 2013. Golf will begin competition in the ACAC in September 2013; soccer will follow in September 2014 after one year of exhibition play and team development.
“The additions of golf and soccer clearly strengthen Augustana. They add new opportunities for students and contribute to our philosophy of educating the whole person,” says Dean Allen Berger. He adds, “given our current financial circumstances, I am particularly grateful to Greg Ryan, Director of Athletics, for putting together a creative proposal that allows us to add these sports without creating additional budgetary burdens.”
This comes as good news to the staff in Augustana’s Prospective Student Office. For several years they have been fielding inquiries from students with interest in these two sports. “It’s never fun to tell student athletes that we don’t have a team in their particular area, especially when the unique academic environment provided by Augustana is a perfect fit for them as a student,” says Tim Hanson – Assistant Dean, External Relations. “Augustana has a good mix of athletic offerings and the addition of golf and soccer will round out our offerings.”
Greg Ryan, Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation is excited for the Vikings expansion. “Camrose is a tremendously supportive community, with a rich history in sport.” He adds, “the success of our bid to add these programs is a testament to the existing strength of Camrose’s golf and soccer communities. The Vikings look forward to offering these programs and continuing to lead sport development opportunities for young Camrose area athletes.”