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Shaping Seneca's athletic programs

ON
CAMPUS

PHOTO: JOANNE RATAJCZAK

Linda Stapleton
looks back

HER GRADE 8 GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR told her to
become a hairdresser. But Linda Stapleton,
even though she wouldn't find her stride
until university, was determined to do
something else.
"I was good at sports and I loved that,"
said Stapleton, who recently retired from
Seneca as Director of Sport & Recreation.
She also had a strong interest in education.
So, after graduating from McMaster
University with a Bachelor of Arts and
Physical Education and the University of
Toronto with a Bachelor of Education, she
began to look for a way to combine them.
"It wasn't until I saw Seneca's ad for a
recreational clerk in the Toronto Star that
I knew that was my career path."
During her 42 years at Seneca, Stapleton
moved through the ranks from support
staff to manager and then director. Among
her many accomplishments, championing
student engagement and accessibility to
participate and excel in sport topped the list.
For example, she lobbied for a softball
diamond at Newnham Campus and started
a women's softball varsity program, making
Seneca the first Canadian college to play
in the National Junior College Athletic
Association in the United States.
As well, as part of Stapleton's commitment to showcasing college sports, Seneca
has hosted numerous Ontario Colleges
Athletic Association (OCAA) and Canadian

Linda Stapleton retired
from Seneca in August
after 42 years.

Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA)
championships. These include, most
recently, the OCAA Women's Soccer
Championships and the CCAA CrossCountry Running Championships in 2018.
And still to come, the CCAA Women's
Soccer Nationals in 2021.
In terms of fitness and varsity spaces,
Stapleton was instrumental in planning
the Markham fitness centre, the fitness
mezzanine at Seneca@York Campus,
the artificial field with seasonal dome
at Newnham Campus and the recreation
and fitness space in Magna Hall at King
Campus.
"The students are what has kept me
here for 42 years," she said. "I adore
them. Many of our staff were once student
athletes and leaders. I mean, someone
took a chance on me all those years ago,
and I think it worked out."

DID YOU KNOW?
The Seneca Sting is one of the
most decorated athletic programs
in the history of the Ontario
Colleges Athletic Association.

493
Medals
since 1967

14

National
championships

RED

2019

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