Most college varsity sports scrubbed for entire winter

Lambton College’s Esports team defeated Conestoga College 3-0 in a Rocket League match Oct. 16.

The Lions lost their season opener to Sault College in the Ontario Post-Secondary Esports league action, and were sitting in a six-way tie for fifth in the 13-team league last week.

While Esports are still going, Lambton’s other varsity sports have been indefinitely idled.

The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association cancelled the entire winter schedule earlier this month due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. The decision impacts al men’s and women’s teams, including basketball, badminton, curling and indoor soccer.

“It was a good decision. Health and safety first. It’s just too bad that we can’t play,” said James Grant, Lambton’s athletics manager.

Lambton teams will continue to train as long as it’s safe to do so, he said. And it’s possible Ontario colleges could organize unsanctioned matches between themselves in the spring, provided local health units and municipalities agree, Grant added.