Varsity sports at Camosun College will not resume during 2020-21 school year after the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) announced the cancellation of the athletic season.
Collegiate sports had already cancelled competition for the fall semester as well as all winter Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Championships due to COVID-19.
The decision comes as British Columbia experiences a surge in coronavirus cases across the province.
“This was a difficult decision,” said Jake McCallum, President of PACWEST. “However, our priority is to ensure the health, safety and well-being of member institution’s student-athletes, coaches, athletics programs, and their surrounding communities.”
The decision will impact Camosun’s five varsity sports programs, including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s volleyball and men’s golf.
“While the PACWEST’s decision to cancel the season comes as no surprise, it is still so disappointing for our athletes,” said Camosun College President Sherri Bell in a statement.
“We will continue to support our athletes on every possible level, and stand by our commitment to prioritize the health and safety of the college community which includes our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans.”
Camosun is extending the use of its counselling, academic advising and financial aid services to any athletes who are in need of support.
“The college is aware of the many challenges facing students in these difficult times and extends a sincere thank you to the college support services staff, community health professionals, essential services and all others who are working to protect and keep us safe and healthy,” adds Bell.
PACWEST suggests that the “unique geography” of the conference, coupled with the regional specific Provincial Health Officer (PHO) guidelines, also played a factor in the decision to cancel the season.