Over the past two decades, the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary, the Roger Jackson Centre for Health and Wellness Research at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre and the University of Calgary’s Human Performance Lab have come to reside alongside the Olympic Oval, within the Faculty of Kinesiology, giving high performance, varsity and every day athletes access to everything an athlete needs, including a university education.
Roger Jackson, one of the founders of the Olympic Oval project, now CEO of the Own the Podium 2010 credits the Olympic Oval’s legacy to a rare synchronization. “It is almost unique in the world because of the harmony of shared high performance, public and University of Calgary use. There are so many practical things about this building that make it so useful,” enthuses Jackson.
As well as giving high performance and varsity athletes a great experience, the Olympic Oval has also provided the general public with a world-class activity centre for public skating and running, as well as special events. Annually the facility hosts Papa John’s Family Fun Day, drawing up to 6,000 people to enjoy public skating and a variety of family friendly games and activities.
Hopefully the Olympic Oval will continue to draw Canadians to its high performance programs, summer camps, indoor running, public skating, World Cup competitions, special events and more—continuing the legacy that began with the 1988 Olympics.