This September, PacificSport Fraser Valley was proud to unveil a new dedicated strength and conditioning space with UFV through a grant provided by the 2016 Abbotsford BC Summer Games Legacy Fund.

The space that has been dubbed "The Cave" is an 850-square-foot room that now houses 10 spin bikes, two squat racks with platforms, a training sled, and a variety of other weight-training gear including dumbbells, medicine balls, and kettlebells. The garage-style overhead door on the south exterior wall can be opened on sunny days to facilitate outdoor spin classes.

The transformation of this former storage room within the Envision Financial Athletic Centre on UFV Abbotsford campus was made possible by a $33,000 grant from the 2016 Abbotsford BC Summer Games Legacy Fund, which was awarded jointly to UFV Athletics and PacificSport Fraser Valley. UFV's Cascades varsity and club teams, and registered PacificSport athletes will have access to the new facility for strength training, while community sport teams, groups, and programs will also have scheduled use of the space.

"As a program, I see [the new space] as a monumental leap for us from a strength and conditioning opportunity not only for our varsity teams, but for any students, staff, and faculty that want to get healthier through our Campus Rec program," commented UFV Athletic Director Steve Tuckwood.

"We're deeply thankful to the 2016 BC Summer Games for providing the funding to help our vision to become reality, and we're excited to partner with PacificSport to deliver services to the community."

In September, PacificSport Fraser Valley Executive Director Jared Kope joined members of the UFV President's Executive and stakeholders from the 2016 BC Summer Games board to tour the new facility for the first time.

"The new fitness space will meet the needs of a wide variety of users, from PacificSport's high performance registered athletes, to community sport organizations looking for space to work with their teams, to local Special Olympics programs," said Kope.

"Our athletes and the sport groups we work with are so keen t o find facility space to train, and we can already see how excited the community is."

Steve Carlton, president of the 2016 Abbotsford BC Summer Games, noted that it was like a dream come true. "It's really gratifying to see one of our partners, UFV, and PacificSport using the money in a way that will benefit so many for so many years to come. We're delighted about this - it's just awesome."

Kope added that finding space is always the hardest part when it comes to training. "We have the athletes, we have the experts through PacificSport and UFV, but how do we find them the space to be able to do what they need to do? This facility will be that for athletes in the Valley East, and that's what I'm really excited for."