Rebels athletic program at RRC Polytechnic permanently shuts down programming

The Rebels athletic program at Red River College Polytechnic has been permanently shut down, reports CBC. The institution’s teams were paused in June 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and RRC Polytechnic has confirmed that they will not be returning to play. RRC Polytechnic’s director of student support services Laureen Janzen says that finances did not have a role in the closure of the athletics program, and CBC reports that the institution has opted to instead offer a more holistic approach to wellness through a new campus well-being unit, which will provide virtual fitness classes and consultations for students. Assistant coach and former player Ryan Poirier has expressed disappointment in the decision and its impact on student athletes. CBC Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.