June 9, 2015 – The Ahuntsic Indiens women’s team has earned berths to four consecutive National Championships. Now, they will get the opportunity to host the best soccer squads from across the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association.
Collège Ahuntsic of the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) has been awarded the 2016 CCAA Women's Soccer National Championship. The bid was approved today in Fredericton, NB, during the Association’s annual general meeting. The tournament will be held in Montreal, QC, Nov. 9-12, 2016.
“It is a great honour and privilege for Ahuntsic to be given the opportunity to host the Women’s Championship,” said Christian Moisan, Athletic Director at the institution. “Our men’s and women’s teams have competed in nearly a dozen National Championships over the years, and it is now our turn to contribute to the CCAA’s development in both Québec and greater Montréal.”
Ahuntsic has partnered with the Association régionale de soccer Concordia (ARSC) to give student-athletes the opportunity to play in a brand new soccer stadium, slated to open this summer.
“It’s exciting to see Ahuntsic come forward as host,” said Marlene Ford, CCAA Women’s Soccer Convenor. “They have been an extremely strong team since joining Division 1 Soccer in Quebec, and always represent their province well at Nationals.”
During the 1980’s and 1990’s, when soccer was a men’s only sport at Ahuntsic, the College competed in six national championships, winning a medal each time (three silver, three bronze). But recently, it’s the women’s team at Ahuntsic which has dominated.
The Indiens, Division 2 Provincial Champions in 2008, 2009 and 2010, joined Division 1 in 2011. Since then, they’ve proudly represented Quebec at National Championships every season – an exceptional accomplishment for a new te am on the National scene.
Ahuntsic, one of Quebec’s 12 original CEGEPs, won bronze in 2011 before capturing gold at the 2012 CCAA Women’s National Championship in Charlottetown, PE, at Holland College. Last year in Medicine Hat, AB, the Indiens dropped the bronze medal contest 2-1 at the hands of Seneca College.
“We plan to utilize our experience as participants by incorporating our favourite features from recent National Championships,” said Moisan. “Input from our student-athletes has been very helpful in guiding our decisions as we prepare to host a successful championship that is memorable for everyone involved.”
The 2015 CCAA Women's Soccer National Championship will be hosted by Fleming College in Peterborough, ON, Nov. 11-14.