The excitement was palpable as Branksome Hall marked the opening of its award-winning Athletics and Wellness Centre (AWC) with exciting celebrations throughout January.
On January 23, Branksome hosted Wellness Day, when all students from JK to Grade 12 were finally able to tour their new building and share their excitement. Branksome welcomed some very special guests in honour of Wellness Day: Curt Harnett, Olympic Medalist in Cycling; Michelle Li, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist in Badminton; Paige Schultz, Pan Am Games Medalist in Swimming; and Marnie McBean, Olympic Medalist in Rowing. These inspiring athletes interacted with students, offering demonstrations of their sport and shared in the excitement!
Former CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon and Branksome Hall Principal Karen Jurjevich officiated at the opening ceremony and pep rally, and fitness instructor Garfield Watson warmed up with crowd with an aerobic workout alongside Branksome mascot Ribbit and Pan Am Games mascot Pachi. Wellness Day also included student workouts, yoga and dance demonstrations.
Branksome Hall’s award-winning Athletics and Wellness Centre is located at the corner of Mount Pleasant Road and Elm Avenue, making it a new Rosedale landmark.
"This state-of-the-art building is an invitation to wellness-to a world of possibilities," says Principal Karen L. Jurjevich. "For generations to come, it will provide girls with facilities that will encourage them to weave physical activity, recreation and healthy food choices into their daily lives."
Designed by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA), the contemporary building received a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence in late 2013.
The nearly 68,000-square-foot (6,300-sq.-m.) building includes two saltwater swimming pools, a gymnasium, a dryland rowing centre, dance and yoga studios, a fitness centre, a rooftop terrace, a 300-person dining hall that specializes in simple, delicious and healthy meals.
As environmental sustainability is important to the school, the Athletics and Wellness Centre has a green roof above the dining hall, dance studio and part of the gym, which helps reduce the urban heat island effect. It also has high-efficiency lighting, and solar-control frit patterns, which help to reduce heat, and prevent birds from hitting the glass.
Visit www.branksome.on.ca/awc to find out more!