By Melissa Lafrance on June 4, 2019
This month, we feature a recap of the 2019 Staff and Faculty Sports Day, which took place on May 3 and brought together UBC employees to take part in fun and collaborative challenges.
It was a record-breaking year for one of UBC’s largest events for faculty and staff. Hosted by UBC Human Resources and UBC Recreation, the annual Staff and Faculty Sports Day saw more than 800 participants from over 130 different departments, units and faculties in Vancouver and the Okanagan being active and having fun. Teams of four to six colleagues competed in a variety of fun recreational challenges and activities that could only be accomplished through collaboration and team spirit.
In Vancouver, the prize winners included:
- UILO So Good (Top Competitive Team Award)
- Team Peeps (Top Team Spirit Award)
In the Okanagan, prize winners included:
- Blue & Gold (Top Points Team)
- The Health Angels (Most Spirited Team)
- The BLUEs Brothers and the GOLDen Girls (Best Dressed Team)
Sports Day Benefits
In a post-Sports Day survey, over 92% of Vancouver participants noted that the event had a positive impact on their sense of community with colleagues at UBC.
One participant said that “the event really helped [them] get to know [their] new colleagues.” Because it was their first year working at UBC, taking part in Sports Day “really makes you feel like a part of a community.” Another participant thought Sports Day was “a great event that brought people in [their] unit together just for fun. It built a great sense of belonging.”
Paul Cyr, captain of UILO So Good, the top competitive team in Vancouver had this to say about this year’s event:
Sports Day provides a fun and social event to help build team spirit while getting a break from the usual workday routine. Having so many participants from all across UBC adds to the experience and sense of community.
Jonathan Easey, captain of Team Peeps which received the UBC Vancouver Top Team Spirit Award shared the following:
Our team had a fantastic time in this year’s Sports Day! This was our second year participating, and after the fun and camaraderie of last year we were eager to participate again. We know that we won’t ever be the fastest or the most competitive team time-wise, so we just like to have fun and cheer each other on as much as we can. We love getting to let loose, wear funky costumes and run around campus having a blast doing different activities, so winning the Spirit Award two years in a row really is such an honour for us. It’s great that the organizers see the value in having fun and supporting one another as a team in addition to competing for the best time.
Relive Sports Day
Hope to see all of this year’s participants – and some new faces – at the 2020 Sports Day. In the meantime, stay active with your colleagues!
Photo Credit: UBC Recreation