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SFU, Burnaby to run sport academy

June 26, 2008

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By Scott McLean

SFU’s athletics and recreation department and the Burnaby School District have signed an historic agreement to begin a joint sport academy housed at the Burnaby campus.

Secondary students at the new academy will get course credit for participating in a sport-specific curriculum that meets the provincial government’s physical education curriculum requirements.

The program will be open to students in Grades 8-12 at four of the city's secondary schools – Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby North, Alpha and Cariboo Hill – and will run over the first two blocks of the school day on alternating days.

Featuring swimming/diving and softball as the first two sports housed at SFU, the agreement is unique in that it is multi-sport based and centered at a prominent university.

The program also has the potential to grow beyond sports, age and developmental levels to include secondary students from around the globe.

“This collaborative partnership creates a flexible opportunity for elite athletes to seamlessly transition from secondary to post-secondary studies while pursuing academic and athletic excellence,” says Kathy Corrigan, who chairs the Burnaby Board of Education.

Students in the sport academy program will take three courses each semester plus one block each day designated for training or sport-specific classroom sessions at the SFU campus.

The minimum entrance requirement for the program is a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.50, and student-athletes will be required to maintain a GPA above 2.75 after one year in the program.

Students chosen for the sport academy will work with two programs renowned for developing elite-level student athletes. The Clan’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs have won a combined 28 NAIA National Championships.

And the Clan’s softball program has won three National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ national titles and features three prominent athletes on the current Senior Women’s National Team heading to Beijing this summer for the 2008 Olympic Games.
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