CALGARY – The Mount Royal University Cougars are happy to announce the appointment of Kerri Downer as the department's new Head Athletic Therapist.
"I am very excited about this opportunity and being given the chance to take this step forward in my career," said Downer. "Becoming a Head Athletic Therapist at a post-secondary institution has been a goal of mine since I was introduced to the profession during my undergraduate Kinesiology degree at the University of Western Ontario. The fact that this goal has been realized with years of hard work, striving to improve myself for this role is very rewarding and satisfying."
Downer joins the Cougars from the University of Calgary where she worked intimately with the Dinos from 2007-2018. From 2009-2015, Downer worked exclusively with the football team before overseeing soccer, field hockey, volleyball and basketball the past two years. Downer's work experience also includes her time as a member of the Waterpolo Canada Senior Men's Integrated Service Team from 2011-2017 that included international travel to various training camps and competitions around the world. On top of that, Downer has also worked part time as a Clinical and Research Assistant at the Benson Concussion Institute, located within the Group 23 Sports Medicine Clinic at Winsport. She's been there since 2011.
Downer's education includes a Bachelor of Kinesiology from Western University, a diploma in Sports Injury Management from Sheridan College and she became a certified Athletic Therapist, CAT(C) in 2001 when she passed the national certification exam.
"I am looking forward to getting to know the athletes and coaches and doing the best I can to help put the most competitive teams on the field, court and ice surfaces they play on. The program is undergoing some significant changes so having the opportunity to help mold the department and our delivery of service is something I am very excited about. Having a role in training future athletic therapists enrolled in the Athletic Therapy program at MRU is also something I am passionate about to allow the athletic therapy profession to continue to grow and develop."
Downer is expected to begin her time with the Cougars on June 18.