Saturday, December 5, 2020
Pilots 2021 Winter Sports Seasons Cancelled
Providence Athletics has announced that the MCAC has cancelled the upcoming 2021 winter sports seasons.
The Manitoba College Athletic Association released the news yesterday that winter sports seasons for volleyball, basketball, and futsal have been cancelled due to the Provincial Response Level still being at critical (Red) with no signs of changing soon.
Head Coach of Women's Volleyball, Kyle Guenther, shared his thoughts on the news by saying, "It doesn’t come as a huge surprise with our season being officially cancelled yesterday, however, the reality does start to sink in for what that really means for us. I feel for our athletes who won’t get a proper send off after they are done academically at the end of this school year. It’s really unfortunate that this will be their last “season”. As a coach, we work so hard to put the right pieces together in the off season to be successful. We have a great 1st year class along with our core of returners that I believe could have had a lot of success this season. It’s tough to know now that we won’t have the opportunity to see any of that through.
We will move forward this year still hoping to train together and build on our good form we were showing in practice. A big goal is to return as many of these great athletes as we can for next year in hopes to reach the success we thought we could this year.”
Athletic Director, Scott Masterson, had this to say about the news, "At Providence University College, we believe it is important that we stand with the Provincial government and the restrictions that are in place to keep everyone safe. It is for this reason that we are in support of the MCAC’s decision today to cancel the remaining Winter sport seasons.
We are very disappointed that this is how this year has turned out. We had a lot of hope going into September that our seasons would be able to move forward. We are thankful for all the athletes who have chosen to be part of the Pilots family for this season and we are encouraged by how many of our athletes are staying engaged with their teams and their studies.
We must now turn a lot of our focus and attention on planning for the 2021-2022 seasons and we are very much hoping for, and looking forward to, a more ‘normal’ year. It will most likely be our first year as full members of the CCAA and we are really focused on putting the work in now to give our athletes the best opportunity to compete for a national championship.
We are thankful for all the supporters we have and we value your prayers as we continue to navigate through this difficult year and plan for the next.
With the news of these cancellations the athletic staff turns their attention even more so to recruiting and working hard to better Pilot's athletics.