It has already been proven to me that Squamish is the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada.” Its attractions include the Stawamus Chief, Shannon Falls, Alice Lake Provincial Park, and many more. Visitors come to Squamish from all parts of the world to mountain bike, hike, climb, and kiteboard. With so many outdoor activities to participate in, staying fit and active in this town is very easy and accessible. However, sometimes when I have a lot of homework or the weather does not permit, exercising inside is the easiest way to stay fit. Luckily, Quest University provides its students with many high quality athletic facilities. In addition to a well rounded education, Quest has a commitment in promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, according to its mission. Quest’s indoor athletic facilities include a gymnasium, squash courts, a weight room, and two fitness rooms. In addition, Quest has an outdoor all-season artificial turf soccer field, two tennis courts, and a basketball court. There are a number of athletic events organized by students that utilize these facilities. My favourite activities are the intramural programs such as volleyball, squash, floor hockey, indoor and outdoor soccer, dodgeball, golf and many more. All these programs have allowed me to stay fit, meet new students, and develop new skills.
Throughout the year, there are free yoga classes offered every day of the week. These classes are led either by Yoga Teacher Certified students and staff, including our Dean of Students, Melanie Koenderman. In addition to yoga, every Thursday, our counsellor, Kathryn Weiler, leads a meditation class. I love going to yoga and meditation, especially when I feel very stressed due to homework, class, and work because they help me feel more relaxed, healthy, and inspired. One of my favourite parts of the Quest athletic facilities is the Bouldering Gym. I had never climbed before coming to Quest, however, going to this gym a couple of nights a week has helped me so much. The bouldering gym was designed by Quest students Jesse Horn and Mike Foley, built by Jesse, Soraya, Brittany, and holds were placed by Mike, Heather, Jesse, and other talented Quest students. Many of them stayed on campus throughout the winter break of 2010/2011, and worked really hard to get everything ready for students to use that Spring. The Kermode Cave bouldering gym has become a very popular place, especially for students whom share a passion for rock climbing. Quest has two workout rooms, the Olympic gym and the Cardio gym. My favorite part about the Cardio gym is the inspirational quotes on the walls, which were put up by the “Quest Body Love” club, one of the many clubs on campus. Every time I am exhausted from running on the treadmill, the quotes inspire me to push myself harder and achieve my goals. In addition to these two workout facilities, the Student Representative Council, with initiative from Kennedy Deren, recently purchased 8 new spin bikes for the upper gym. Kennedy often leads spin classes, which are very challenging but fun. She is an amazing person, and wants to see everyone reach their goals. On top of all, the view from the upper gym (where the bikes are located) is purely astonishing. With all the athletic facilities and equipment that Quest provides us, staying fit is a breeze! -Poema