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Join us at Laurier

Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

You know what they say about all work and no play. We offer state-of-the-art facilities where you can take fitness classes, participate in intramural sports or compete in varsity athletics.


Fitness and Recreation Facilities

The cost to access campus fitness centres is included in your tuition, so don't just sit there. Climb a rock wall. Take a dance class. Give yoga a shot! If you’ve got the energy, we’ve got a program for you.

Waterloo Athletic Complex

The Athletic Complex in Waterloo includes an Olympic-size pool, a triple gymnasium, dance studios, and a large fitness centre. Outside, Alumni Field offers a full-sized, FIFA-certified, artificial surface for both intramurals and club teams. University Stadium is home to Golden Hawk football, soccer, rugby and lacrosse.

Laurier Brantford YMCA

The Laurier Brantford YMCA has an aquatics centre with a two-tank pool, a double and a single gym, a fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment and Wi-Fi capabilities for fitness programs, three studios, multi-purpose spaces, and a lounge for Laurier students.

Intramural Teams in 22 Sports

Laurier earned eight straight Outstanding Intramural Achievement Awards from the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association.


Intramurals and Sport Clubs

Every year, half our student body participates in our award-winning intramural program. Whether you want to lace up your sneakers for dodgeball, sharpen your skates for ice hockey, or don a swimsuit for inner tube water polo, there is an intramural sport for everyone.

Looking for a social sporting experience? Check out our sport clubs, run by students for students. With more than 20 different clubs available, you can participate in a wide variety of competitive and recreational sports and activities, including men’s lacrosse, karate, ball hockey, equestrian and dragon boat racing.


Varsity Sports

Laurier has 550 varsity athletes on 22 varsity teams, including baseball, basketball, curling, football, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, rugby, swimming, cheerleading and more.

Cheer on our Golden Hawks as they compete in the Ontario University Athletics conference – Laurier has won 11 national and 19 provincial championships in the last 10 years alone.

Many of our varsity teams are based in Waterloo, but in addition to two varsity teams, Laurier's Brantford campus also has “extramurals” – tournament-based competitive sports – where the Golden Hawks compete in five sports against other colleges and universities across Ontario.

Interested in Varsity Sports?

Visit and complete the recruiting form, which will be sent directly to the coach. Except for football, every team hosts open tryouts, so don’t hesitate to come out and give it your all.

Varsity Highlights

  • 19 football players have been drafted into the CFL in the last 10 years, including three in the first round.
  • Laurier won three conference major awards in 2018/19, including the women’s rugby Russell Division MVP.
  • Men’s basketball had their best season in 40 years after winning the OUA West Division in 2018/19.
  • Men’s hockey forward Danny Hanlon won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 2019 World University Winter Games.

Contact Us:

Waterloo Athletic Complex

T: 519.884.0710 x3803

Laurier Brantford YMCA

T: 519.756.8228 x3139

Administration Office

T: 519.884.0710 x2184

University Stadium Hawk Desk

T: 519.884.0710 x3427


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