Algoma U to Host 2016 OUA Wrestling Championships

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On February 13th, Algoma University will proudly host the 2016 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Wrestling Championships at the newly renovated George Leach Centre (GLC). The OUA Wrestling Championships are being supported by Tourism Sault Ste. Marie.

“We’re very excited to be hosting the 2016 OUA Wrestling Championships,” said Dr. Craig Chamberlin, President and Vice Chancellor of Algoma University. “Having recently joined the Ontario University Athletics, where all of our teams now compete, this event will allow us to showcase our athletics programs and facilities, while also exposing our athletes to the best competition from around the province.”

University athletics teams from across Ontario will compete in the OUA Championships, showing off the best talent the province has to offer. Those who podium, earning a gold, silver, or bronze medal, will qualify for the pinnacle of university sport, the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Championships in St. Catharines, Ontario at Brock University, from February 26th – 27th of 2016.

To help secure the OUA Wrestling Championships, Algoma University partnered with Tourism Sault Ste. Marie. In the past, the two organizations have worked together to bid on or host several major events, including the 2011 Ontario College Athletics Association (OCAA) Basketball Championships and the 2013 Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) Provincial Championships. Tourism Sault Ste. Marie and its industry partners purchased a portable basketball floor to accommodate these events at the George Leach Centre as well as at the Essar Centre.

“Our solid alliance with Algoma University has generated considerable successes in recent years, and we look forward to continuing this positive trend,” said Ian McMillan, Executive Director of Tourism Sault Ste. Marie. “Working with community partners to bid on or secure major events that draw visitors is one of our main activities. The 2016 OUA Wrestling Championships is a prime example of what can happen when people and groups work together for a common goal.”

For more information on the OUA Wrestling Championship, please visit www.algomathunderbirds.ca.

About Algoma University

Algoma University was established in 1965 and is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Algoma University is a small, undergraduate, teaching-focused university that places an emphasis on serving the needs of Northern Ontario. Algoma University offers a wide range of degrees spanning the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines. As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma University has a special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Aboriginal populations and other communities. Algoma University also offers satellite programming in Brampton and Timmins. For more information, please visit www.algomau.ca.

About Tourism Sault Ste. Marie

Between 2008 and 2014, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie has helped secure or support 392 sports tournaments and conferences. This activity has attracted well over 70,000 visitors and injected $33.7 million of direct spending into the local economy. These events have also generated millions more of dollars in indirect, induced, and spinoff economic activity for the community. Tourism Sault Ste. Marie is a division of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. For more information, visit www.saulttourism.com and www.sault-canada.com.