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Sports communications: Off the clock with Jill Clark

Jill ClarkJill Clark, Varsity Blues,
Sports Information Coordinator,
Kinesiology & Physical Education


Jill has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) for 10 years.


“This is my fifth year working with the Varsity Blues. Previous to that, I played varsity hockey since 2003.”

What do you do off the clock?

I still like to play hockey. I also like to hang out with my friends, travel and spend summers at the cottage. However, this summer, I will be spending part of my time volunteering at the International University Sports Federation’s (FISU) 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, as a communications officer.

What is the Summer Universiade?

The Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival. It happens every two years in a different city and is only second to the Olympic Games.

How did you first become interested in participating in the FISU world university games?

I know a few of my peers from other universities that have worked at the FISU Games and have had nothing but positive things to say. When Beth Ali, our director of athletics, suggested I apply, I jumped on it right away.  The added bonus of travel is always a nice touch too!

Have you done communications for other games or participated in games in other ways? If so, describe the role(s) and where?

I recently volunteered with the Ontario Summer Games this past summer in Toronto, and I have also worked on national championships hosted here at U of T, but this is my first international Games experience.

What (or who) inspires or influences your work?

Our student athletes. When I played for the Varsity Blues, I was always thinking about ways to promote the team, our brand and filling the seats. I was lucky enough to become a staff member right after graduation. It gave me the opportunity to help promote all of our programs.

The improvements our department has made in the past five years are incredible. It’s a great and fun environment and always amazing when student-athletes benefit from our ideas and work.