Athletic Department


Athletic Director / Head of the Department of Athletics
Mr. D. Cates, BKin, MA
Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Patricia Bennett


Varsity Manager
Mr G. Dubé, BComm (SPAD)
Varsity Coordinator
Mr J. Girard, CD
Fencing programme Coordinator and Head Coach
Mrs P. Howes, CHPC - BA, National Coaching Institute diploma in high performance coaching, NCCP IV Fencing, Accreditation Maître d'Armes
Men's Hockey programme Coordinator and Head Coach
Mr A. Shell, BCOM, CA, NCCP Level 2
Men's Rugby programme Coordinator and Head Coach / Sports Information Officer
Mr S. McDonaugh, BEd (Phys ed), BA (Psych)
Men's Soccer programme Coordinator and Head Coach
Mr V. Mendes, HR Marketing, Ontario Soccer Association Provincial "B"
Men's Volleyball programme Coordinator and Head Coach
Mr S. Leknois, CD I, NCCP III Volleyball
Women's Soccer programme Coordinator and Head Coach
Mr C. Beaulieu, National Coaching Institute diploma in high performance coaching, BSc H.K., NCCP IV Soccer, Ontario Soccer Association Provincial "B" License
Women's Volleyball programme Coordinator and Head Coach
Ms. Joely Christian, BA (Applied Studies), NCCP Level 3
Athletic Therapist
Ms J. Hudson, CAT I

Physical Education

Physical Education Manager
Mr S. Robert, BSc (HK), CSEP-CEP, NSCA-CPT, NCCP Level I- Olympic Weightlifting, PICP Level II- Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Commando Krav Maga Level 3 Instructor, STW Level I – Fascial Stretch Therapist, CHEK HLC Level 1
Physical Educator Aquatic programme Coordinator
Mr N.J.M. Breuvart, CD, CSEP-CPT, NCCP I Soccer, NLS Instructor and Examiner, NLS Open Water, Swimming Inst, Bronze Sail IV Sailing, Canoe Inst Level I, First Aid Inst, Personal Trainer Level I SPI
Physical Educator Collective Sports programme Coordinator
Ms K. Mazerolle, BKin, CSEP-CEP, NLS, NCCP II Volleyball, Basketball, Special Olympics, FMS Level 1 and 2, SPI - Personal Trainer, Can-Fit Pro - FIS, BOSU Trainer, Fitness Kickboxing, Jump Rope Level I, Rappel Master (Tower), Commando Krav Maga Level 2 Instructor
Physical Educator Curriculum Development Coordinator
Mr T. Deren, BSc (HK), MSc, CSEP-CEP, FMS Level I, NCCP Level I
Physical Educator Evaluation programme Coordinator
Mr S. Mitchell, BA Kin, CSEP-CEP, CSCS, NCCP Level I – Olympic Weightlifting, Rapple Master (Tower), Commando Krav Maga Level 2 Instructor
Physical Educator Individual Sports programme Coordinator
Mr B. Bennett, CD, CSEP-CPT, NCCP II Volleyball, Commando Krav Maga Level 2 Instructor
Physical Educator Military Skills programme Coordinator
Mr J. Blanchet, CD, CSEP - CPT, Rappel Master
Physical Educator Supplementary Physical Training Instructor
Ms E. Thompson, BKin, CSEP-CEP, NLS, FMS Level I and II
Physical Educator Combative programme Coordinator
Mr J. Ridley, B.Eng.Sc, CSEP-CPT, CHEK I, NCCP III Theory, 4th Dan Master Instructor taekwondo, 1st Dan Hapkido, Commando Krav Maga Level 3 Instructor

Recreation and Intramural

Recreation and Intramural Manager
Mrs E. Gibson B.A. Soc, NCCP Level 1 Gymnastics, NCCP Coach Stream Hockey
Recreation Coordinator
Mr Craig Palmer, CSEP-CEP, B.A. Honours Kinesiology
Intrmural Coordinator
Mr Ryan Thompson, CSEP-CPT, Honours Sports Management

General Information


As an integrated part of the Royal Military College, the Athletic Department supports the mission of RMCC by providing operationally oriented physical education, competitive intramural sports, varsity and recreational club programmes for officer-cadets. These programmes provide extensive leadership development opportunities in an atmosphere that helps instill the values of the Canadian Forces, the College and the Department. This is achieved through mandatory Cadet involvement in physically and mentally challenging activities.


The Athletic Component of the Royal Military College will provide programmes of excellence that contribute to the development of outstanding leaders for the CF who value physically active and healthy lifestyles. These programmes will enhance the national reputation and profile of the College and help attract outstanding athletes.


to your team and/or squadron including obedience of superiors, e.g., coaches and team captains. Loyalty should always be upward first.
hinges on consistently giving precedence to ethical values in our decisions and actions.
Physical courage is a self-evident requirement for contact sports. Moral courage, related to integrity, is also necessary.
Persistence, hard work, meticulous attention to detail and perfection of athletic skills all describe diligence in the athletic context.
implies treating people, groups and situations justly, equitably, and without bias.
is the ethical obligation that exercises and maintains integrity. Responsibility implies an obligation to be accountable, competent, and caring.
the desire to pursue excellence is fundamental to being an outstanding leader and officer.
Physically Active and Healthy Lifestyle
to maintain a good personal level of physical fitness and a healthy body.
striving to finish and/or to win against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, difficulties, pain and/or setbacks.

Goals and Strategies

The Athletic Department's goal is to help attract high quality officer candidates and to develop them into outstanding junior leaders.

Goals in the Department can be described as department or programme oriented and are as follows:

  • to maintain diverse athletic programmes, i.e., Physical Education, Competitive Intramural Sports, Varsity and Recreation;
  • to provide athletic programmes that encourage and provide opportunities for development of leadership, physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle;
  • to take advantage of the flexible and willing support of the RMCC Club and Foundation;
  • to take advantage of the Red and White Club for recruiting varsity athletes;
  • to take advantage of the reduced Varsity programme to focus and increase College support for the remaining Varsity sports;
  • to increase the presence of the RMCC Athletic Department on the Internet and in local, provincial and national media;
  • to improve upon the historic performance of RMCC Varsity teams;
  • to gain greater control or influence over the recruiting and selection process for candidates to facilitate the recruiting of Varsity athletes;
  • to provide recruiting centres, through the Red and White Club, with accurate and correct Athletic Department information for new recruits;
  • to acquire expanded facilities to facilitate RMCC hosting of athletic events and competitions;
  • to establish a stable departmental budget; and to contribute to the rationalization and coordination of demands on officer-cadets' time.

Facilities and Equipment

RMCC's athletic facilities are shared with those of CFB Kingston and include a large triple wood floor gymnasium with various combinations of basketball, volleyball and badminton courts; one field house which includes one 200-meter indoor track and four large sports courts; one 25-meter, 8 lanes pool; one small warm-up pool; one weight training and cardio area; an arena; eight soccer fields; five outdoor tennis courts; six squash courts, two martial arts rooms, and an artificial turf field covered year round by an air supported dome.

With its location on Lake Ontario, the College has excellent facilities for recreational sailing and boating.

In addition to the athletic facilities, use is made of nearby military recreation facilities, which include an eighteen-hole golf course and a curling rink.

Equipment is provided for participation in the Physical Education programme, Varsity programme, Competitive Intramural Sports programme and Recreational programme.


Physical Education Programme

The aim of the Physical Education Programme is to:

  • develop a basic knowledge of physical education theory and philosophy;
  • develop physical fitness through a programme of strenuous physical activities;
  • develop sports skills and introduce the fundamentals of team play as commonly practiced by members of the Canadian Forces (CF);
  • develop skills in lifetime sports which have both a social and a fitness value;
  • develop leadership and organizational abilities through opportunities in various team and individual activities; and
  • award military and/or civilian recognized qualifications

Officer Cadets participate in two consecutive compulsory 50 min periods. The Physical Education Programme is divided in two folds:

  • the development and maintenance of a high level of physical fitness which will enable all officer cadets to attain the required standard on the Royal Military College physical fitness test; and
  • the development of officer cadets who are knowledgeable and experienced in fitness training methods, who are capable of performing a variety of sports skills and military activities, and who have the ability to organize and administer athletic events.

Physical fitness testing takes place two times a year i.e. during the Fall and Winter Academic semesters.

PPT and FORCE Evaluation

To meet the Athletic component Leadership level Progression (LLP) requirement students must successfully pass thePersonal Physical Tesat (PPT) Standards as outlined in the Course training Plan (CTP). Further, every officer cadet must pass the Canadian Forces Minimum Physical Fitness Standard (MPFS) in accordance with CF policy. Currently the FORCE Evaluation is the MPFS.

Varsity Programme

The aim of the varsity programme is to achieve competitive excellence. This will mean different things to different sports; however, the aim in general is that:

  • RMCC become a highly respected opponent in terms of competitive challenge and sportsmanship;
  • RMCC is the smallest university member of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) with a student population of 900 officer-cadets in the undergraduate programme. It has to overcome a talent deficit through recruiting, outstanding preparation and performance;
  • provide an opportunity for students to participate in organized, highly-skilled and competitive athletics;
  • instill, through the demands of training and competition, self-discipline, the desire to excel and willingness to compete in a team effort;
  • create a college "esprit de corps;"
  • provide an opportunity for interaction with other contemporary university athletes thereby bringing RMCC into the focus of the civilian community;
  • improve physical fitness; and
  • provide leadership opportunities.

The Royal Military College of Canada offers an extensive varsity sports programme for students capable of participating at a higher skill level.

RMCC competes as a member of the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) in the following sports: fencing (men and women), hockey (men), rugby (men), soccer (men and women) and volleyball (men and women).

The varsity programme is an extension of the physical education programme and thus contributes to the achievement of the overall aim by instilling a high degree of self-discipline, the desire to excel, and the willingness to sacrifice personal interest for coordinated team effort. The Varsity Programme also provides an opportunity for involvement with contemporary university students, thereby bringing the Royal Military College of Canada into the focus of the civilian community.

Competitive Club Programme

The aim of the Competitive Club Programme is to provide members the opportunity for training and competition that is appropriate for their level of competition. While in their competitive season, members are exempted from the Intramural Sports Programme allowing them more time to develop and improve their skills.

The clubs compete in various competitions at the Local, National and International level in the following sports: Rowing, Running (Cross-Country and Track), Sailing, Swimming, Taekwondo and Women’s Rugby.

Intramural Sports Programme

The Intramural Sports Programme has a two-fold purpose.

  1. First, it provides each cadet with the opportunity to develop sports skills and apply the principles, which are taught in the Physical Education Programme.
  2. Second, it provides each cadet with the opportunity to compete in a variety of team sports on a weekly basis.

The Intramural Sports Programme is composed of sports leagues within the college, where each squadron forms teams to compete. The programme is compulsory for cadets who are not varsity or competitive club athletes

The fall and winter term Intramural Sports Programme offers leagues such as soccer, hockey, ultimate, handball, water polo, ball hockey, basketball, dodgeball, and flag football. Optional Intramural sports offered are badminton, pickle ball, tennis and squash.

The programme is organized on a seasonal basis. The fall programme runs from October to the end of November, and the winter programme runs from January to the end of March. Responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the programme is given to the cadets themselves under the supervision of the Intramural Coordinator, thus affording them an opportunity to develop qualities of leadership. In addition to playing, cadets are expected to learn and carry out the duties of team captains, game officials, and league convenors.

All officer cadets must participate in the Cadet Wing Sports Days offered each Fall and Winter. Additional Wing tournaments are organized for various activities such as flag football, Ball hockey, soccer, ultimate and beach volleyball.

All officer cadets must participate in the Cadet Wing Sports Days which include Tabloids, the Harrier cross- country race and Winter Sports Day. The Wing tournaments normally offer activities such as flag football, Ball  hockey, soccer, ultimate and beach volleyball.

Recreational Programme

The aim of the RMCC Recreational Programme is to:

  • Offer a diversified program that supports the interests of the OCdts;
  • Provide opportunities for leadership training and development;
  • Increase visibility by promoting club accomplishments;
  • Offer an enjoyable program that increases morale;
  • Promote a balanced lifestyle

The RMCC Recreation Association includes 18 Recreational Clubs and 6 Competitive Clubs. All students and staff at RMCC are permitted and encouraged to participate in the Recreational Program. The Competitive Clubs are: Rowing, Running, Sailing, Swimming, Taekwondo and Women’s Rugby. The list of recreational clubs is subject to change depending on the interest but they currently are: Astronomy, Climbing, Chess, Curling, Debating, Judo, Expedition, Paintball/Airsoft, Photography, Flying, Rowing, Running, Sailing, Scuba, Skydiving, Stage Band, Swimming, Taekwondo, Theatre, Multisport, War Games, Windsurfing, Women’s Rugby and Yacht.

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