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March 7th, 2021

Dear Members,

Welcome to UBCO’s Recreation Newsletter, a way of connecting with all of you to keep you informed of Recreation updates, announcements and upcoming events now. With the exception of this issue, new issues will be released on the last Sunday of every month.

As we wrap up Move UBC month, I’m hoping that you continue to find ways to move more, move well and move in ways that are comfortable, empowering and motivating for you, year-round. I’ve formed a virtual running group with some friends on past sports teams in a way to stay connected. Now, I was never one to love cardio let alone like it - however, when I created an accountable, virtually social environment for this activity, I discovered that I really enjoyed being outdoors with only myself and my thoughts. Running (let’s get real - it’s a jog) helped to release the cooped up energy I was generating and I found that I could still connect with my friends through activity. Not only that, I was much more productive afterwards. This March, I challenge you to find ways to connect with friends through physical activity in a safe, socially distanced way whether it be sharing your activity photos, joining them on virtual recreation activities or creating an activity challenge leaderboard.

- Crystal Westgate,

Physical Activity & Wellbeing Coordinator


In this issue:

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Updates & Announcements

Move UBC's Movement Break Challenge Winners 

  • The Faculty of Management won the Movement Break Challenge with a total of 2387 recorded breaks! There was a total of 4,799 movement breaks during the month of February!

Athletics & Recreation Student Applications 

  • Student applications are now open and close on March 19th 
  • Learn about available positions here
  • Apply

New Hangar Sign-up Button

  • Book your Hangar workout sessions easier with the new sign-up button on the home page: access here 

Member Connect Story

"I was inspired to register for the Physical Activity Coaching Program because of hip, neck and back pain that I started dealing with while working from home (I think almost everyone can relate on that one). My coach has been encouraging me to incorporate movement breaks into my day and shares helpful strategies to remove barriers so I can be more successful with my activity. This has created such a difference in my work from home life and I am feeling better already after a month of being more active. A month ago Tylenol helped manage my back pain, but it is no longer need since I introduced yoga/walking/standing breaks."

- Shannon Hohl,

Graduate Administor, School of Engineering


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Which Recreation Summer programming are you most excited about?


Virtual events and programs

Cooking Classes with Sam!

Date: Tuesday March 9th & 16th
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: Zoom

Follow along with live, easy instruction, through the comfort of your own home! Meals include Pesto Gnocchi and Ratatouille! Program registration is $10 which includes both classes. Ingredients are not included in the program cost. 


Can't make these sessions? We have another program running from March 23rd - April 13th! Register 

Virtual Fitness Classes

While we adjust to new routines due to physical distancing measures, it is important to stay active for your physical and mental health. We are offering free virtual classes to provide a convenient way to move your body and revitalize your spirit while working and studying from home. Check out our fitness page (below) for live and recorded classes!

Check out the UBCO Recreation Youtube Channel with recorded group fitness classes!

Class Schedule

Would you participate in live fitness & yoga classes if offered during the summer?

Physical Activity Coaching

Online coaching sessions will be 30 minutes set in a time that fits into your day. Coaching sessions help to break down barriers, set goals and suggest ways to fit activity into your schedule. Sessions are free and open to all of our UBC community.


Art Classes with Layla!

Date: March 10th - 31st on Wednesdays
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: Zoom

Join Layla Wednesdays at 7:00 PM to create a masterpiece every night, meet new friends, and learn a new skill!

You will need to purchase the class materials for this program. Lists will be provided after you register. Program registration is $10.00 for four classes. 


Ice Cream Party! 

Date: March 11th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Decorate your own ice cream sundae to socialize and destress from midterms. It’s free to register and by attending you have the chance to win gift cards to your favourite ice cream shop!


Esport Chess Tournament

UBCO Recreation is partnering with UBCO Esport Club. Get a group of friends together and join us online for a great, social night! 

Date: March 12th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Join through the UBCO Esport Discord Server the night of the event

DIY Wood Sign Paint Night 

Date: March 17th 
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
Location: Zoom 

Join Rustic Chalk Decor for a fun, social night of painting! You will learn how to apply stencil, paint and remove stencil all with colours of your choice to create your wonderful personalized wood sign!


Lunch & Lift 

Date: March 24th & April 21st 
Time: 12 - 1 p.m. 
Location: Zoom 

Lunch & Lift is a series of free 2-in-1 interactive wellbeing workshops consisting of a 30-minute movement class, followed by a 30-minute interactive wellbeing session facilitated by a UBC wellbeing professional. 

*March 24th is only open to Graduate Students


Staff & Faculty Sports Day - Save the Date!

Your favourite event is back and better than ever! This FREE event for faculty and staff will be held virtually for both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan campuses. To accommodate for our diverse staff, and our different working and living situations, Staff & Faculty Sports Week will host a variety of synchronous and asynchronous activities as well as Just for Fun and Competitive options. Stay tuned for more information!

Registration starts March 22nd @ 12pm and ends April 16th @ 5pm


On-Campus Events & Programs

Badminton Ladder

Date: March 8th - April 26th
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Gymnasium

Join us for the Winter Badminton Ladder. This will provide you with friendly competition to improve your skills and meet new people.

Open to UBCO Staff & Faculty and Students.


Yoga Classes

We are now offering in-person yoga classes! Classes are offered Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Check the schedule to view classes! These classes are also offered virtually. Pre-recorded classes can be accessed on our YouTube channel.

Reserve your Spot

Hangar Fitness & Wellness Centre

Yes! The Hangar is still open! There are precautionary COVID-19 measures put in place which can be learned about here

All individuals entering the facility will be required to wear a face covering, including during activities. Please complete your COVID-19 Self-Assessment before visiting the gym.

Bookings open 7 days in advance and must be reserved 24 hours in advance to your appointment. Book appointments early as time slots are limited! 

If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment time, please cancel online (if >24 hours in advance) or by phone (if <24 hours in advance) so we can accomodate other members. Instructions to cancel online are on your receipt. 

Become a Member!


UBCycles is a hub for all biking activities on UBC’s Okanagan campus. UBCycles offers short-term and long-term rentals, workshops for a variety of skill levels, and tools for bike repairs. Currently UBCycles is available by appointment only. Book here.

Learn More


Register & Play 

Our Register & Play opportunities will get you into the gymnasium where you can borrow sports equipment for recreation during scheduled supervised times.

  • Participants must have a valid membership for the Hangar Fitness Centre to access the gymnasium.
  • An Intramural Sport Manager will be in the gymnasium (Intramural Office on South Court) where you’re able to borrow sports equipment. Note: your student card is required to borrow equipment.

Due to COVID-19, we are not allowing ‘drop-ins’, all activities in the gymnasium must be pre-booked and all participants must wear masks. 




Join us for Nourish-U this March for nutrition month! A 31-day journey to transform your relationship with food.  Submit answers to reflective questions for a chance to win daily prizes. Complete all 31 days to be entered to win the grand prize - an air fryer!



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