Olympic spirit alive at VIU

Olympic fever is spreading at Vancouver Island University.

  • Wed Feb 10th, 2010 7:00am
  • Sports

Dave Ross registered to volunteer two years ago. He’ll work as as a load zone attendant at the Main Media Centre in downtown Vancouver.

Olympic fever is spreading at Vancouver Island University.

Hundreds of VIU students, staff and faculty are taking part in the Olympics, either as volunteers or spectators.

Steve Van Schubert, athletic therapist and instructor in VIU’s physical education department, was assigned to the medical team at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

“I’ll be providing on-site care and athletic therapy services to long-track speed skating athletes,” said Van Schubert. “I’m totally pumped. I have been over to Vancouver for the past couple of weekends doing orientation and covering athlete training sessions.

“The facilities are amazing, and the organization has been excellent. The medical team that I am a part of is outstanding – physicians, therapists, nurses, paramedics – all with exceptional skills and experience.”

VIU administrative assistant Kyla Bruce will be working as a host at Canada Hockey Place, and English instructor Sherri McKinnon, who lived in Japan for four years, will be cheering on one of her former Japanese students competing in the speed skating competition on Feb. 15.

Theatre instructor Eliza Gardiner is taking a Nanaimo troupe of singers and dancers to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Gardiner was selected to share her original music at the Olympics, including a ‘Strolling Player’ gig at Pacific Coliseum, and Whistler Olympic Park.

VIU student Dave Ross registered to volunteer for Vancouver 2010 back in Feb. 2007. He’ll work as a load zone attendant at the Main Media Centre in downtown Vancouver.

Several students in VIU’s Recreation and Tourism program are also volunteering or working during the Olympics.

Third-year student L-A Shibish is volunteering at the NBC Media Centre in Whistler, while Janice Johnson is assisting with logistics organization for transportation. Shantel Genest is a volunteer driver, while Brendan Fletcher will operate a tour boat around Burrard Inlet.

Amanda McKichan, a third-year recreation and tourism student, will be working for the men’s alpine races up in Whistler.

Joanne Simister, recreation and tourism professor, will be cheering loudly for her niece, Meaghan Simister who is a member of the Canadian Luge Team. Retired forestry professor Barry Ostrand is volunteering at both the Olympics and Paralympics and Patricia Adam, accounting instructor at VIU, will be working on the ladies alpine course at Whistler.

Olympic fever is spreading at Vancouver Island University.

Hundreds of VIU students, staff and faculty are taking part in the Olympics, either as volunteers or spectators.

Steve Van Schubert, athletic therapist and instructor in VIU’s physical education department, was assigned to the medical team at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

“I’ll be providing on-site care and athletic therapy services to long-track speed skating athletes,” said Van Schubert. “I’m totally pumped. I have been over to Vancouver for the past couple of weekends doing orientation and covering athlete training sessions.

“The facilities are amazing, and the organization has been excellent. The medical team that I am a part of is outstanding – physicians, therapists, nurses, paramedics – all with exceptional skills and experience.”

VIU administrative assistant Kyla Bruce will be working as a host at Canada Hockey Place, and English instructor Sherri McKinnon, who lived in Japan for four years, will be cheering on one of her former Japanese students competing in the speed skating competition on Feb. 15.

Theatre instructor Eliza Gardiner is taking a Nanaimo troupe of singers and dancers to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Gardiner was selected to share her original music at the Olympics, including a ‘Strolling Player’ gig at Pacific Coliseum, and Whistler Olympic Park.

VIU student Dave Ross registered to volunteer for Vancouver 2010 back in Feb. 2007. He’ll work as a load zone attendant at the Main Media Centre in downtown Vancouver.

Several students in VIU’s Recreation and Tourism program are also volunteering or working during the Olympics.

Third-year student L-A Shibish is volunteering at the NBC Media Centre in Whistler, while Janice Johnson is assisting with logistics organization for transportation. Shantel Genest is a volunteer driver, while Brendan Fletcher will operate a tour boat around Burrard Inlet.

Amanda McKichan, a third-year recreation and tourism student, will be working for the men’s alpine races up in Whistler.

Joanne Simister, recreation and tourism professor, will be cheering loudly for her niece, Meaghan Simister who is a member of the Canadian Luge Team. Retired forestry professor Barry Ostrand is volunteering at both the Olympics and Paralympics and Patricia Adam, accounting instructor at VIU, will be working on the ladies alpine course at Whistler.