UBC Sports

Scream with hundreds of other blue-painted fans

The T-Birds are the most decorated varsity sports program in Canada.

Varisty Sports

Though varsity sports are still growing in popularity on campus, they are a great way to spend an evening with friends and hang out with the die-hard sports fans on campus. UBC Athletics has also been upping their game on overall varsity hype, so don’t be surprised if there is a t-shirt launcher or half-time fan activities at the games.

What’s more, UBC has some of the best teams in the country in its midst, including:

Women’s field hockey: six-time reigning national champions

Women’s soccer: USport silver medalist last season

Men’s track: NAIA reigning champions

Men’s and women’s volleyball: 4th place and 1st place at the 2016/17 USport championships respectively

Teams not to miss out on: volleyball, basketball, football and soccer. If you are looking for game hype, check out volleyball and basketball for sure — guaranteed great crowd at those games. And, of course, the big games for all Thunderbirds: Homecoming (football), the Winter Classic (hockey), and Courtside (basketball). Get your tickets, and join T-Birds’ nation to watch the games.

“UBC Thunderbirds Basketball! I’ve been following and going to games most of my life. When the right teams come to play, the atmosphere is super awesome and it’s just a great time to be with friends even if you have no idea about basketball as a sport!”

— Varoon Mathur

Recreational Sports

Hit up team sports at UBC Rec Intramurals: UBC Rec puts on intramural leagues each term ranging from soccer to dodgeball to volleyball. Make a team with your floor, your friends, your classmates, or sign up as an individual and dive right in to meeting some new people! If anything, it’s a chance to get an entertaining team jersey.

Hit the pool at the Aquatic Centre: The UBC Aquatic Centre just reopened its doors and it’s all shiny and new. They have a drop-in schedule, but also offer fitness classes including swim fit, aqua zumba and a springboard diving class.

Hit the yoga mat: A stereotypical Vancouverite pastime: yoga. There is a lot of it around campus, from the UBC Yoga Club to UBC Recreations’ Mind & Body Program held in the Ponderosa Commons Studio (unlimited yoga & pilates passes now available) to The Hot Box Yoga in Wesbrook Village.

Hit the gym: For those hoping to keep to their own workout routines, head to the gym in your residence or visit the BirdCoop for a communal gym experience. Weights and treadmills are all included. There are off-campus gyms that might be better, but the BirdCoop is the cheapest option.

Hit up clubs on campus: Hoping to try something new while at UBC? Check out the various clubs on campus for a plethora of options including: ballroom dancing, surfing, running, rock climbing and sailing. Scope them out on Facebook or visit AMS Clubhouse online to see what UBC has going on recreation wise.

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