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Algoma U has big plans for 'the Leach'

Tuesday, April 01, 2014   by: Darren Taylor

Photo by Kenneth Armstrong, courtesy of Algoma University 

Algoma University’s George Leach Centre will expand.

$2 million in funding for the expansion, from the Ontario government’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), was announced Monday by Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti during a visit to the Sault by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

The funding will allow the George Leach Centre (GLC) to expand by 10,000 square feet and create five new jobs.

“It’ll be a huge improvement,” Algoma University President Dr. Richard Myers (pictured with Premier Wynne) told SooToday.com.

Speaking to an audience gathered at the Centre for Monday’s funding announcement, Myers said: “When the George Leach Centre was built we had a much smaller student population and no varsity programs…we’ve evolved to a point where the existing infrastructure is no longer adequate for current use.”

“As early as 2009 our institutional plan indicated there was a need to improve our facilities here at the Leach and the very generous financial support announced today will help us realize our dream…for that we’re very grateful.”

Myers told us: “The plan is to add two sets of locker rooms, which is a requirement from Ontario University Athletics to be in the OUA.”

“We’ll locate them in what is now currently the weight room and the old squash courts, and there will be a second storey addition on the front end of the building which will now be a larger, greatly enhanced exercise centre where all the cardio machines and weights will be, with nice windows overlooking the campus to the west.”

Pointing to the GLC’s gymnasium area, Myers said: “Currently we have some of the cardio machines tucked in corners, but now they’ll be up on the second storey in a new exercise room which will be large, spacious and very comfortable.”

As for the new locker rooms, Myers told Monday’s audience: “Because we have only two relatively small locker rooms, we often have to inform our students and our own varsity teams they can’t use the locker rooms because we have to turn them over to the visiting teams from other universities, so if they want to use our facilities they have to change at home.”

Along with the new locker rooms, Myers told us, will be rooms for coaches, trainers, and referees, which are requirements for any university competing in OUA-level sports.

Myers told Monday’s audience: “This is most welcome news as the GLC is a key part of the Algoma University campus and plays a critical role in recreation, health and wellness, and our varsity sports and the sense of community and pride that they help to build.”

Algoma University students, staff and faculty were present at Monday’s announcement at the GLC, along with members of various groups that enjoy the Centre’s facilities.

The GLC opened in 1992 for use by Algoma University students, with memberships available to the general public.

As well as serving as the home for Algoma’s basketball teams, its main gymnasium area has three regulation size courts which can be used for tennis, volleyball and badminton, and is surrounded by an indoor track for walking or jogging.

There are also squash courts, an aerobics room which can be used for many programs, such as martial arts, dance and yoga, a weight and cardio room, change rooms with saunas as well as a meeting room. 

Fitness testing is also available.

 

 

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Gurpy 4/1/2014 11:37:57 AM Report

Oh brother!!
itsme29 4/1/2014 11:51:32 AM Report

will someone do a count how many dam gyms we have in this town now? and here my taxdollar is updating another one...how are the private ones supposed to compete when there competition Is getting gov supplements to the toon of 2mill. the gov is out of control giving money away for stupidity.
Gurpy 4/1/2014 12:09:22 PM Report

Yes! And how much did Wynne`s airfare cost yesterday??
Beej 4/1/2014 12:17:47 PM Report

By the time the air fare, limousines, meals were all added up, a few grand.
A total waste of taxpayer money, she shouldn't even have been here, and she knows it.

Gurpy 4/1/2014 12:27:33 PM Report

Beej
I agree! She should have been in T.O. answering the question about the deleted emails. Arrangements were made only on Saturday! That flight cost a pretty penny!
Brietsy 4/1/2014 12:31:05 PM Report

I may draw some hate for saying this, but if she had announced a trip, then last second said: "I can't show up" how angry would of people been? how much more outrage would we be seeing here?
Gurpy 4/1/2014 12:42:41 PM Report

Briesty
I understand what you are saying but, the trip was only planned on Saturday. This was confirmed through the media and later re worded. Don`t be fooled by these people!
Brietsy 4/1/2014 12:55:22 PM Report

just bad timing I guess
ThinkAgain 4/1/2014 12:58:15 PM Report

Let the province go bankrupt
Beej 4/1/2014 1:02:47 PM Report

It doesn't take too many billion dollar blunders to make that happen.
B Boy 4/1/2014 1:24:08 PM Report

@Brietsy - the timing was completely intended.

A desperate attempt at appeasing some of the conveniently forgotten north while dodging any accountability for the cancellation fiasco.

Meanwhile, the other parties only pretend to care about the north as much as is needed to try & fool us into voting for them.

Smoke, mirrors and bull..
Status quo.
Gurpy 4/1/2014 5:39:48 PM Report

They continue to play us for fools! How many times do we need our intelligence insulted to realize our government is not competent or trustworthy? Not to mention the irreparable damage done to the province. Someone, anyone pullease call an election!!
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