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Mount Royal and WinSport hit the ice

Reviving an old tradition of accepting challenges from students to athletic activities, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Community Studies, Chad London, PhD, and Professor David Legg, PhD, looked to defend their 2-0 record (in basketball and badminton) on Nov. 5, at WinSport Canada's Ice House.

The challenge came as part of an important Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Mount Royal University’s Faculty of Health and Community Studies and WinSport.

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education students Grace Dafoe, a national-level skeleton athlete, and Dan Gyorffy, a former provincial-level bobsleigh athlete, teamed up as GyorffyDafoe, to challenge London and Legg (team LondonLegg) to skeleton and bobsleigh push races at the Ice House.

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Bachelor of Health and Physical Education students Grace Dafoe (right), a national-level skeleton athlete, and Dan Gyorffy (left), a former provincial-level bobsleigh athlete, teamed up as GyorffyDafoe, to challenge (faculty) Chad London (right) and David Legg (left) to skeleton and bobsleigh push races at the Ice House.
— Photo by, Christina Riches

Fun and games aside, the unique event culminated with an important signing of a MOU between Mount Royal University’s Faculty of Health and Community Studies and WinSport.

The MOU creates opportunities to collaborate on research or programs of mutual interest, increase collaboration and coordination of sport science services for the purpose of developing emerging athletes and coaches and joint advocacy with government, business and sport organizations on shared topics of concern.

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Bachelor of Health and Physical Education student Grace Dafoe, a national-level skeleton athlete, gets ready to launch at WinSport's Ice House.
— Photo by, Christina Riches

“This agreement aids WinSport in the ultimate pursuit of improving service delivery to the public as well as to the national teams,” said Steven Norris, PhD, WinSport’s executive vice-president and chief sport officer. “The expertise of institutions such as Mount Royal University can aid us in the pursuit of our particular aspirations, especially in our ultimate goal of becoming the world’s leading winter sport institute.”

Mount Royal will provide expertise in a number of key areas where WinSport is conducting research in human development and human experience across its facilities. In addition, the partnership provides students with workplace experience and on-the-job training, with WinSport afforded the opportunity to identify students with potential and give them opportunities for career development.

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Bachelor of Health and Physical Education student Grace Dafoe, a national-level skeleton athlete, gets ready to launch at WinSport's Ice House.
— Photo by, Christina Riches

“Partnerships like the one we are making official today with WinSport are core to our Faculty,” said Chad London, PhD, dean of the Faculty of Health and Community Studies at Mount Royal. “We are excited to share resources and collaborate on research and education initiatives with WinSport that create new and exciting opportunities for our students and faculty members alike.”
 

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Professor David Legg, PhD, aims to break faculty records on the skeleton at the WinSport Ice House.
— Photo by, Christina Riches

The unique MOU creates reciprocal opportunity for Mount Royal – as what Norris refers to as its “brain trust” formally begins to collaborate with what London refers to as WinSport’s “living lab.”
 

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Chad London, PhD, dean of the Faculty of Health and Community Studies, shows off his bobsledding skills at WinSport's Ice House.
— Photo by, Christina Riches

Despite the all-around winning feeling in the Ice House that evening, it must be noted that Team GyorffyDafoe had a little extra to celebrate, regardless of what Team LondonLegg may tell you (and their rigorous training regime).

— Brendan Greenslade, Nov. 18, 2014