Athletics

High Performance Training and Research Centre Unveiled

High Performance Training and Research Centre unveiled

Already a world leader in physical education and recreation, as well as boasting one of the most successful varsity athletic programs in the nation, the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation took another leap forward on Thursday, May 9th, with the unveiling of the High Performance Training and Research Centre (HPTRC).

Taking a cue from Own the Podium’s mission to lead the development of Canadian sports to achieve sustainable podium performances at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the HPTRC’s mission is to cultivate champions, as well as athletes who will represent Canada at the highest levels, while developing the field and careers of undergraduate/graduate strength & conditioning coaches and driving unique sport research. The HPTRC, which is another facet of the “Alberta Model”, is designed as a unique training centre and living laboratory that incorporates the Faculty’s sport research and sport science expertise with high performance athletes who are continuing their sport development and preparing for elite competition. Nationally carded athletes, as well as student-athletes from Golden Bears and Pandas programs, and athletes identified by the Alberta Sport Development Centre – Capital Region, the Canadian Athletic Coaching Centre, Canadian Sport Centre, and The Steadward Centre, will work hand-in-hand with physical conditioning coaches and experts in biomechanics and exercise physiology from the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation.

At 9,000 square feet in size, the HPTRC features multiple Olympic weightlifting sets and platforms, squat cages, pull-up stations, an extensive collection of weights, as well as gymnastic, dynamic, and acceleration mechanics areas, state of the art metabolic conditioning bikes, and adapted equipment for para-sport athletes. Opened to athletes in September of 2012, the HPTRC joins a list of innovations in sport development and sport science at the University of Alberta that includes the Alberta Sport Development Centre – Capital Region (2008), led by Michael Cook, and the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre at Foote Field, a legacy of the 2001 IAAF World Championship in Athletics.

Matt Gutsch • Communications • (780) 492-7214