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into one of the best in the country,"
says athletics director Pierre Arsenault.
"She has done a fantastic job guiding
our unique Mount Allison approach
to intramurals and has expertly built
a program that combines the utmost
quality with everyday access for our
students. The definitive statement on
her work is our astoundingly high
interest and participation rates of
nearly 50 per cent of the student body."
With her personalized approach to
the program, Robinson has increased
the participation in intramurals two
fold since the 1980s. This has resulted
in more than 12 leagues with over 138
different teams. Most of the squads
are co-ed and the sports offered vary
from golf, softball, and ultimate Fris-
bee to curling, hockey, and dodgeball.
Unlike many larger universities that
charge their students fees to play,
Mount Allison boasts no real partici-
pation costs for their intramurals and
on many occasions has even arranged
schedules to accommodate students'
Robinson is now in her 27th year of
hosting Mount Allison's intramural
Spirit Night, which is a fun evening
of costumes, team games, and house
rivalries that acts as an icebreaker to
kick start each year.
Between 400 and 500 students
usually pack the gym in themed
costumes trying to win the coveted
Golden Sneaker Award for the best
Mount Allison residence.
For the event's debut in 1986, hun-
dreds of students came to participate
in Rodeo Nite, competing in events
like the heavy horse pull, chuckwagon
races, bull ride, and pony express.
Regardless of the era, Mount Allison's
intra muros mission has remained true
and constant over time. Its purpose,
like the University's, is to help educate
the whole student -- to provide a
diverse range of sports, fitness, and
recreational opportunities that
promote healthy, active lifestyles, lead-
ership, sportsmanship, and teamwork.
And Mount Allison continues to
provide it in its own personal way --
with inclusiveness, interest, school
spirit, and lots of fun via friendly
rivalry -- just like it first did in 1935.
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