A fresh look for Selkirk College athletics reflects the rugged beauty of the region while maintaining an important connection to post-secondary history.
Earlier this year, the college reached out to students, employees, alumni and community members about the Selkirk College Saints look, logo and name. Through online input and commenting via Rossland-based ThoughtExchange, it was clear that the name Saints should remain in place and a new logo would be welcomed.
“This college is part of the fabric of our community and the athletic program is an important element of what we offer to the region,” says Selkirk College Vice President of Students & Advancement John Kincaid. “The outreach has helped determine that many people place high value on the Saints name and the historical connection to the many athletic teams that have proudly represented Selkirk College over the last five decades.”
The college gathered more than 200 thoughts during the process that posed the question: Please explain, in as much detail as you like, how you feel about the name Selkirk College Saints and team’s logo and colours.
“We received a broad range of feedback and we appreciate every person who took the time to get involved in the process,” Kincaid says. “It was quite evident that our community cares very much about Selkirk College and Saints athletics. We are excited to maintain our strong connection to our past while forging ahead with a refreshed logo.”
Selkirk College currently has one varsity team with student-athletes competing in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL). When the team opens the regular season in October, players will be wearing a newly designed crest on the fronts of their jerseys. The new look prominently features the mountains that are a geographical symbol of life in the Selkirk College region.
“It’s a great new look, the players are going to be proud to pull that jersey over their heads and play for the crest on the front,” says Kim Verigin, Selkirk College’s Department Head for Athletics, Recreation & Student Life. “We will stick with the colours that have come to represent excellence in the BCIHL, but the new logo really reflects our connection to the West Kootenay and Boundary region.”
The Saints will unveil their new jerseys when classes resume in September and the BCIHL regular season gets underway in October.
Learn more about Selkirk College athletics and recreation at: selkirk.ca/athletics.