Department of Human Kinetics goes from barn house to school house

Posted: January 6, 2004

Langley, B.C.—While Vancouver revels in the glory of one of its greatest sports moments—winning the opportunity to host the 2010 winter Olympics—Langley too is in the wake of its own athletic landmark. This December, Trinity Western University’s Department of Human Kinetics celebrated its official transition into a School of Human Kinetics.

TWU faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters, gathered for the ceremony which celebrated past and present milestones. “There has been significant growth and change in our program over the years,” says Blair Whitmarsh, PhD, Director of the School of Human Kinetics and sport psychologist. “I think back to the four-year BA degree that came in 1981, and the name change from Physical Education to Human Kinetics in 1999. Now the new School of Human Kinetics is a great achievement for us.”

As a school, the human kinetics program provides students with the theoretical foundations and practical experiences necessary for success in sport related professions. “Being a School indicates that this is not just an academic program,” says Whitmarsh, who is also a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with international experience. “It indicates we are a professional program that incorporates academic training with professional and applied training.”

The physical education program at TWU began in 1962 as a two-year program with classes held in a refurbished barn aptly called the “barnasium.” Then in 1969, the David E. Enarson Gymnasium was built—the largest in the Lower Mainland at the time. Today, this building is home to the University’s CIS-level athletic teams and TWU’s new School of Human Kinetics.

The school offers a host of academic programs including a bachelor of human kinetics with stream options that include kinesiology and physical education, and a bachelor of arts with majors in human kinetics, sport and leisure management and more.

As part of its professional training, the department also emphasizes student leadership and already has students working throughout the community as teachers and coaches. “We’re now in a position where we can get involved in the community and help in the areas of sport, recreation and athletics with excellence.” As a school, Whitmarsh envisions those opportunities increasing.

“The School of Human Kinetics is, and will continue to be, a place of exciting growth for Trinity Western University,” says Whitmarsh.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

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