DOM BEDE GORMAN SQUASH CENTER
The Dom Bede Gorman Squash Center was named in memory of Dom Bede, an avid squash player and Abbey athletic director and coach for 25 years. The top-notch facility consists of eight international squash courts and is used for team, club and intramural play as well as for elite area tournaments. The Squash Center is one of the North East's premier Squash facilities.
The 17,000-square-foot Squash & Fitness Center, dedicated in May 2004, has added tremendously to the quality of life at Portsmouth Abbey School, both for recreational users and for our athletes involved in serious conditioning programs. Our fitness facility is better than what can be found at most prep schools and many Division III colleges.
The Boys' and Girls' Varsity and Junior Varsity teams play in the Eastern Independent League (EIL), which includes twelve New England independent schools. The Portsmouth Abbey Ravens also compete against traditional rivals St. George's, Tabor, and Pomfret.
Each year the teams participate in the two-day New England Championship Tournament.
HEALEY & SHEEHAN FITNESS CENTER
The 3,000-squash-foot Healey & Sheehan Fitness Center includes 60 stations, split among three areas: free wights, weight machines, and a cardiovascular area. All machines are top-of-the-line and are regularly maintained for optimal safety and performance. The Fitness Center is a safe environment for the students, and very user-friendly; all students and new faculty undergo an orientation at the beginning of each year to familiarize them with the equipment.
Many students use the Fitness Center in their leisure time and on weekends, which allows them to spend their time productively, learn more about fitness and staying healthy, and it is a positive social outlet for them. Many faculty and staff also take advantage of the facility during their free time.
Al Brown, director of athletics, noted, "Having access to this equipment and the faculty expertise to supervise conditioning programs has had a tremendous impact on our students' readiness for team sports. There is no question that this facility has improved the health, fitness and well-being of our student-athletes and the entire school community. We tried to design a facility to accommodate everyone," he added, "and are happy with the results."