By Emma Glasgow, Athletics Coordinator

“We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”


It may be cliché to begin with a quote, but last weekend many of our senior athletes demonstrated the truth of this ancient scholar.  Whether in a rowing shell or a pair of running spikes, the SMS athlete took to the course in celebration of their very personal, repeated efforts to be truly excellent. Often in life and in sport, the process leads to a “final” event of finite length and time to demonstrate one’s ability. By no means does this moment define a person, or a season, it is merely another experience to add to the dossier of life, but that shouldn’t diminish the accomplishment. When a school of our size has a cohort of elite level athletes challenging for podium in City Championships or qualifying for provincials in their secondary sports, it is something excellent to celebrate!

Cross Country 3-12

The Senior Cross-Country team saw three athletes, Jamie Harker (9), Lily Mannall-Fretwell (10), & Colette Reimer (12), represent SMS at the BC High School Cross Country Championship in Nanaimo, last Saturday. In their largest and most competitive fields of the season, each athlete showed grit and determination to battle through wet, cold, race conditions. In the junior race, Harker and Mannall-Fretwell were two of 239 of BC’s top cross-country runners placing 30th and 145th respectively. In the senior race, Reimer lay claim to a ribbon, placing a phenomenal 17th of 226 of the province’s top runners.

This marks the end of the season for Harker and Mannall-Fretwell. We look forward to seeing them continue to compete in athletics on the track this Spring and hopefully the cross-country course next fall. For Reimer, this marks the end of an era for her competitive cross-country career. We look forward to seeing her continue to pursue her passion in triathlon and hopefully don the SMS singlet once more on the track this Spring!

Provincial Results

Jamie Harker – Grade 9 – 30th

Lily Mannall-Fretwell – Grade 10 – 145th

Colette Reimer – Grade 12 –

*Amended Grade 3-5 Results

Danica Vrabel – Grade 4 – 4th VISAA Champs

Fallon Mackenzie – Grade 4 – 14th VISAA Champs


Rowing 9-12

The St. Margaret’s Rowing team took to Elk Lake last weekend in the season’s culminating event: City Championships.

This year’s team was comprised of nine novice rowers (all brand new to the sport!) and five experienced rowers (2-3 years’ experience). The sport of rowing is unique in that it may be one of the only sports in which you win backwards! From a cardiovascular standpoint, it blends anaerobic and aerobic energy systems, often depleting the former. From a muscular standpoint, it blends strength, endurance, power, speed and flexibility. It is pushing and pulling through to the end of a race despite your entire body feeling as though it might blow-up. It is all muscles and athletes working in tandem to find the sweet spot, the perfect glide, the calm in the storm.

The challenge of the race alone is an accomplishment to celebrate, so when an SMS crew comes 2nd in the Experience 4x, it is a beautiful thing to see. Four separate athletes working together towards the same goal.

Though many of our novice athletes will not be returning next year, we hope they have discovered a life-long sport. For those that will be back, we are excited to see what their continued dedication and effort will result in.

Top Results

Jr Women Experienced 4x – Ana Bird, Stephanie Wardell, Nina Corwin, Ally Roberts – 2nd

Sr Advanced Women 1x – Stephanie Wardell – 3rd

Sr Advanced Women 1x – Ally Roberts – 4th

Jr Women 2x – Ana Bird & Ally Roberts – 5th


Volleyball 9-12

The Senior Volleyball team concluded their season last Tuesday in playoff action against GNS. The team is so disappointed that the season is over but look forward to celebrating with the Development Team on Thursday, November 15th over pizza and plenty of game play!

A big thank you to Coach Cheveldayoff for all her work this season with the team! They made huge improvements and are already asking for more tournaments next season. Congratulations on a fantastic season of growth and development for all those involved in the program.


MY Basketball

It was a basketball filled week for the SMS teams in Grade 6-8. Both the Recreational and Competitive teams took to the court in their cardinal and white to represent the Pandas with pride.

In their first jamboree, the recreational team saw three competitive teams from around the city, making improvements against each opponent. The well-seasoned competitive team played two games in week 3 of their season. The team showed great perseverance in their second match-up of the week against PCS reaching their offensive and scoring goals for the game!

Up Next:

Competitive Team: Wednesday, November 14th @ Dunsmuir; Game Time: 5:15-6:15 pm

Monday, November 19th @ North Saanich; Game Time:  3:45-5:00 pm

Recreational Team: Wednesday, November 21st @ Colquitz; Jamboree Time: 3:45-6:00 pm


Beyond School Sports – Figure skating

Congrats to Audrey Darrah who competed at Team BC Sectionals this past weekend and qualified for the Skate Canada Challenge which will be in Edmonton this year. Audrey was in second position after the short program, with a huge personal best and ended with a personal best combined score and a 5th place ranking to qualify her for Nationals. (The Skate Canada Challenge is Pre-Novice Nationals, since this category does not go on to Nationals). Congratulations Audrey for representing SMS at the elite level.