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What is a Ridgeback?

ridge•back  /'rijbak/ 

A Ridgeback is a dog that is powerful, loyal, tenacious and focused, and embodies our university’s identity. Our faithful mascot—Hunter—is a Ridgeback who represents our 250+ varsity student-athletes, and intramural and extramural teams, as well as everyone that steps foot on our campus to learn.

What makes YOU a Ridgeback?

Varsity teams

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Curling
  • Dance
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse*
  • Rowing
  • Soccer


  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • E-Games
  • Flag football
  • Floorball hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Volleyball


  • Flag football*
  • Ice hockey
  • Volleyball

Sports clubs**

  • Cricket
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Ultimate frisbee
*Currently only offered as a women’s team.
**Sports clubs are subject to change every year.
Hunter the Ridgeback mascot
sports offered at the varsity level
goals scored by varsity hockey teams since the program began
students register for intramural programming each year
Ridgebacks won their first ever Ontario University Athletics' (OUA) championship with women’s soccer
award recipient for the OUA’s mascot of the year

OUA women’s lacrosse league MVP, rookie of the year and coach of the year were all Ridgebacks

OUA women’s lacrosse awards

Nicole Martindale, 2019 MVP
Nicole Martindale, 2019 Most Valuable Player
Caitlyn Cote, 2019 Rookie of the Year
Caitlyn Cote, 2019 Rookie of the Year
Liane Chornobay, 2019 Coach of the Year
Liane Chornobay, 2019 Coach of the Year

About athletics and recreation

What it means to be a Ridgeback

Health and wellness services

  • Athletic facilities
  • Chiropractors
  • Counsellors
  • Fitness classes
  • Gym membership
  • Health insurance plan
  • Ice skating
  • Indoor running track
  • Massage therapists
  • Medical doctors
  • Mental health counsellors
  • Mood walks
  • Online webinars
  • Personal training
  • Pharmacy
  • Self-defence classes
  • Support groups

1000+ group fitness classes every year

Daily ice skating is free for students at the Campus Ice Centre

We compete

Athletics and recreation
Our 8,400-square-metre, fully-equipped Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre offers a gym membership, fitness programs, recreational leagues and more. If you’re looking for a little competition, our Ridgebacks’ teams contend at all levels. Other on-campus activities range from yoga, pilates, boot camps and spin classes, to personal training, sports clubs, intramurals and extramurals. We’ve got something healthy for everybody.