TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto’s Governing Council gave the final stamp of approval on November 27 to build the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. A state-of-the-art hub for sport and exercise research, sport medicine, training and competition, the facility will bring a much-needed resource to U of T and Ontario.
In the planning stages for several years, the Goldring Centre will house international-level basketball and volleyball courts, a relocated and expanded David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic, a range of sport and exercise research labs, and a strength and fitness centre accessible to all U of T students. It will also be a place where U of T’s growing list of key partners – including the Canadian Sport Centre Ontario, Swim Canada and the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport – can converge in support of the region’s top athletes.
The Centre has had many champions, including key donors such as the Goldring, Kimel and Stollery families. It also gained huge momentum earlier this year with a $22.5 million investment from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. “We are so grateful for the initiative and foresight of the Goldring family, who kick-started the project with their generous lead gift,” says Professor Ira Jacobs, dean of the Faculty of Physical Education & Health, under whose jurisdiction the Goldring Centre will reside. “Their support, together with the generosity of the Kimel and Stollery families and the investment by the Province of Ontario, will help create a magnificent legacy in the decades to come for scores of athletes, coaches, researchers, students, and the greater community.”
Promise of the Goldring Centre has already helped recruited talented new professors, including Dr. Greg Wells, a well-known exercise physiologist who has shaped the training programs of world-class athletes including triple-Olympic medalist and current world champion kayaker Adam van Koeverden. Fostering a ‘sport institute’ environment that Ontario has long hungered for, Goldring will be a resource for top athletes not just as a place to train and compete, but as the site for innovative research that will impact training, coaching, healing and overall athlete development.
“There has been a void within the high performance sport community,” says Jacobs. “We need a place where researchers and scientists can collaborate with coaches, policymakers, athletes and sport medicine specialists. Only then can we make the big discoveries in sport science, and be able to test them rigorously and apply them quickly.”
A groundbreaking ceremony will take place this winter, with construction slated for completion by 2014.
More details on the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport can be found in the feature story in fall issue of Pursuit magazine.