Athletics and Recreation

Mohawk College offers several unique opportunities for students to get involved in sports and recreation activities. The department is headlined by the Mountaineers high-performance varsity program and includes extramural, intramural and recreational opportunities.

Athletics and Recreation receive tremendous support from the college and Mohawk Student Association in promoting athletics as a key element of the student experience while attending Mohawk College. Varsity teams participate in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) and offers ten sports between both men’s and women’s programs. Head to mohawkmountaineers.com for more information.
 

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Varsity Sports

The Mohawk Mountaineers athletics program is moving into a new era with a focus on three pillars: podium success, classroom success and community success. Varsity athletes are committed to competing at the highest level in both the classroom and on the field/court. Athletes must balance games, including road games across the province, frequent practices and team meetings, all while dedicating the necessary time needed to thrive academically.

The Mountaineers offer eight high-performance, league sports teams with soccer, volleyball and basketball each having a men’s and women’s team while rugby competes on the men’s side and softball on the women’s side. All eight teams compete provincially, battling for a spot in the provincial championships (OCAA) and ultimately, a berth in the national championship tournament (rugby excluded).

Curling and cross country are both tournament sports which see athletes compete in several hosted events ahead of the OCAA Championships with a CCAA national championship to close out the season. Both curling and cross country offer men’s and women’s teams.

All of our teams compete out of the Fennell Campus in Hamilton with the David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre (DBARC) being the centre of operations. Basketball and volleyball teams play out of the DBARC gym while the outdoor sports compete at various fields across Hamilton, including the Mohawk Sports Park.
 

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Recreation at Mohawk

There’s opportunities in sports for all who are interested across various levels, beginning with the extramural programs for those who are still looking for a competitive feel without the commitment needed at the varsity level. Extramural athletes compete against other colleges across the province in tournament style play. In the 2019-2020 school year, Mohawk offered seven extramural sports with some additions to come in 2021-2022.

There’s also opportunities across several different sports at the intramural level for those looking for more relaxed and casual competition. A list of intramural sports will be provided at a later date as recreation activities return to campus.

Beyond intramural and extramural, Mohawk also offers drop-in recreation sports. Drop-in sports are currently on pause but it’s a great way for students to get up and moving during the school year while enjoying some of their favourite sports and activities.
 

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Fitness Programs

We offer a variety of fitness programs to David Braley Athletics & Recreation Centre members. Our fitness programs include:

  • Bootcamp is guaranteed to make you sweat! This high-intensity class will engage every muscle in your body. This class will integrate equipment from the aerobics studio and fitness floor. The format of this class will vary each week!
  • HIIT is a full-body workout developed to leave you breathless. HIIT is a high-intensity interval training class. HIIT workouts include bursts of cardio and strength-based exercises coupled with active rest.
  • Muay Thai the “Art of eight limbs”, a traditional Martial Art that originated in Thailand all the way back in the 18th century. Many people refer to it as Thai Boxing or Kickboxing, however, Muay Thai is much more than that. There is many traditions that go along with this beautiful art, similar to how many other martial arts share values and historical traditions. It makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”.

  • POUND fitness is a combination of cardio and strength training exercise approach that includes rhythmic techniques. A full-body workout that usually lasts 50 minutes to an hour. Pound includes exercises that involve alternate squatting and standing to strengthen the inner and outer thighs, buttocks, core muscles, and back muscles. Many of the positions used in Pound are ideal for helping maintain and improve balance.

  • PiYo is a total-body fitness system designed to whip you into shape from head to toe. It combines the practices of Pilates and yoga to help you build strength and increase flexibility.

  • Resistance Bands Training, like dumbbells, barbells, or any other free weights, resistance bands provide external resistance that your muscles have to work against. We offer 15-20 lbs of resistance that can be applied to all directions of movement. With handles and foot strap attachments, you'll target every muscle in your body in unique ways. This new class will bring you new challenges, new accomplishments and new results!

  • Spin is a stationary indoor cycling class geared towards maintaining or building your cardio. Spin is a low-impact class, easy on your joints. You control the intensity of the workout by adjusting your own bike, making this a suitable workout for novice to advanced members.
  • STRONG by Zumba® is a great workout for fitness enthusiasts looking for a more challenging, high-intensity interval-training workout. The music in STRONG by Zumba® was crafted to drive the intensity in a challenging progression that provides a total body workout. This class will push you past your plateaus to help you reach your fitness goals faster. Using your own body weight, you will gain muscular endurance, tone, and definition, and you will experience an increased afterburn
  • Yoga will help you improve your strength, balance and flexibility through traditional yoga postures. Yoga will help you relax your mind while gently challenging, stretching, and relaxing your muscles. Bring your own mat or use the mats provided.
  • Zumba® is your ultimate workout dance party featuring easy-to-follow moves coupled with amazing, motivating rhythms. It gives you an interval-style workout; fast rhythms to get your heart pumping, combined with slower songs to maintain your heart rate.

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David Braley Athletic & Recreation Centre

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Stoney Creek Fitness Centre

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Contact Us

Matthew Ferreira
Director of Athletics & Recreation
matthew.ferreira [at] mohawkcollege.ca (Email Matthew Ferreira)

Matthew Schnarr
Supervisor of Varsity & Community Engagement
matthew.schnarr [at] mohawkcollege.ca (Email Matthew Schnarr)

Cam Black-Araujo
Sports Info Coordinator
cameron.black-araujo [at] mohawkcollege.ca (Email Cam Black-Araujo)

Athletics & Recreation Directory
Athletics & Recreation Directory link

General inquiries
athleticsandrecreation [at] mohawkcollege.ca (Email general inquiries)