Athletics

St. Mary’s University’s Athletic Community

Student-athletes are at the heart of St. Mary’s University’s vibrant sporting community, and we believe that student-athletes are the epitome of true grit and resilience.Student-athletes are at the heart of St. Mary’s University’s vibrant sporting community, and we believe that student-athletes are the epitome of true grit and resilience.

As a member of our esteemed athletic program, you gain access to facilities and training resources. Our talented coaches and mentors provide expert guidance, nurturing your skills and instilling in you the values of teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship. Together, we foster an environment where every athlete can unlock their full potential and leave an indelible mark on the sporting world.

But it’s not just about the victories and accolades; it’s about the lifelong friendships forged on the field, the memories created in the heat of the game and the immeasurable personal growth that comes from being part of a team. StMU is a close-knit family, and you will find a community of like-minded individuals who share your passion, ambition and drive for greatness.

Vision

St. Mary’s University’s Sport and Wellness Department will be known across Canada for leadership and excellence in university sports and will attract talented and passionate student-athletes, such as yourself, committed to academic and athletic excellence. Our dedication and work ethic will set the standard of excellence for small universities across Canada. Our irrepressible sense of purpose will be a source of inspiration, excitement and pride within the university community. Our holistic approach will engage and challenge you to grow in a supportive environment where your passion for the sport is channelled to positive ends beyond the playing field.

Mission

St. Mary’s University is driven to produce superb student-athletes who are ambassadors for their sport and role models in their community, reinforcing in them a commitment to excellence that enriches the university community and attracts other talented students to the pursuit of excellence and personal development. StMU celebrates and promotes the accomplishments of our student-athletes, coaches and staff within the university and the greater community.

History of Lightning Athletics

Lightning basketball teams began competing at this level in 2012. In 2014, the Lightning introduced our Cross Country program and began competing in indoor track in the 2017/2018 season.

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