Saskatchewan Polytechnic reopens gyms, athletics program still shuttered

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Reversing a decision from earlier this year, Saskatchewan Polytechnic announced Monday it will reopen its gymnasiums and fitness centres.

In May, the post-secondary institution closed the doors to the activity facilities at the Moose Jaw, Saskatoon and Prince Albert campuses, sparking outrage among students, culminating in a protest at the Saskatoon campus.

“We’ve decided to reopen the fitness centres and gyms as of Aug. 8,” said Terence Carswell, associate vice-president of human resources at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic said the changes came about after a review from a “wellness steering committee” comprised of students, staff and faculty.

The committee looks at different dimensions of health, including “community, life, body and mind” wellness, Carswell said.

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Moves to lay off seven staff members and axe the school’s sports team in the Prairie Athletic Conference won’t be reversed.

“I think that the [student participation] numbers that were involved with the athletics program were probably one of the biggest factors,” Carswell said.

The committee will continue to review its options around intramural sports going forward.

-With files from Global’s Adam MacVicar.

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