There is a full weekend of events scheduled for Trent's Annual Homecoming & Head of the Trent Regatta (HOTR) this weekend (October 1st and 2nd).
Trent U will be a sea of green and white as members of the community, alumni, rowers and varsity athletes are welcomed to Symons campus for the 46th Annual Homecoming—a huge event for the community.
The Head of the Trent Regatta is the largest single day event of its kind in North America and the second largest amateur sporting event in Canada next to the Calgary Stampede.
Created in 1971 by Trent alumnus Chris Leach ‘70, today Head of the Trent includes over 1,200 athletes from more than 50 universities and clubs across Canada and the northern United States, and is also known as Trent’s official homecoming celebration. Races take place on the Trent-Severn Waterway, starting at the Parkhill Road Bridge and winding through the Trent Canal to finish at the Faryon Bridge on Trent’s campus.
“Homecoming is such an exciting time for our students, alumni and the community as a whole," says Deborah Bright-Brundle, director of Athletics and Recreation at Trent. "Homecoming provides a wonderful opportunity to recognize and honour our history while at the same time looking towards a very positive future."
The Homecoming and Head of the Trent Regatta weekend has grown to feature numerous varsity games including lacrosse, soccer, rugby and rowing. This year games will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Highlights of the 2016 Homecoming and Head of the Trent Regatta include:
Varsity Sports -> Stop by the Justin Chiu Stadium and the Athletics Centre, wear your Trent green, cheer on the Excalibur and join the 50th anniversary celebration of men’s rugby.
Alumni -> Check in with the Trent University alumni team on the Bata Library podium beside Champlain College, share what you’ve been up to and update your contact information. Champlain 50th Anniversary -> In celebration of Champlain College’s 50th anniversary—a community at Trent that has made an impact on thousands of people’s lives over the decades—there will be a special alumni garden dedication and reunion for Champlain College Alumni on the Saturday of homecoming.
Campus Tours -> Prospective students are invited to experience the spirit of the Trent campus and community. Tours run hourly from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday only from the Athletics Centre.
Rowing, rowing and more rowing -> Visit headofthetrent.ca for the full rowing schedule, start times, results and more information about the history of the Regatta.
Beer garden -> The Trent Rowing team’s annual fundraiser has moved to the Lady Eaton College parking lot (19+, $10 entry). Alumni skip the line with your alumni card or alumni wristband available at the Alumni Services table on the podium (until 3 p.m.; cover charge applies).