By Emma Glasgow, Athletics Coordinator

Since returning from Spring Break, the SMS Extracurricular program has been busy! Below you will find stories of courage, grit and triumph as the St. Margaret’s student-athlete embarks on a new season of learning through sport.

Badminton

One of our most popular athletic offerings at St. Margaret’s is the badminton team. With over 30 participants between Grade 8-11, we have a dedicated and talented group. Intrasquad competition is high as player vie for a spot at City Championships later this month. Competing in their first exhibition tournament, the team travelled to Spectrum this past Monday to play against other local high schools. Coach Stannard was impressed with the team’s overall play and looks forward to seeing players grow as City Champ’s approach.

Upcoming Dates:

Grade 9 City Championships @ St. Margaret’s School on Monday, April 29th.

Grade 10 City Championships @ Spectrum on Monday, May 6th.

Rugby 7s

Our joint team with Victoria High is officially a full member of the league. The team experienced their first win of the season besting Mt. Doug by a score of 32-5. Exciting ball movement and end-to-end runs resulted in trys for Tesnim Mtiraoui and Maelle Reed respectively. The next game will be played on Friday, April 26th at Claremont.

Track & Field

Both the MY and SY Track & Field teams began their season training with two Olympians, Head to Head Olympian Mentor Patricia Obee and resident Coach Deb Scott. The team worked through exercises for their mind and body to help better prepare them for the season ahead. In the time since, the SY Track team has had two meets. Boasting higher numbers than our previous season, many students have taken to the track to try new events, while others look to lay down their best time. The MY Track team will have their first league meet on Thursday, May 9th.

Top Ten performances so far:

Jamie Harker – 3000m – 1st

Melody Lin – Long Jump – 5th

Lily Mannall-Fretwell – 800m – 4th

Colette Reimer – 3000m – 2nd

Soccer

The Sr Soccer team had their first match of the season this week against a worthy opponent, the staff! A fun start to the day on Wednesday morning and the season, as the entire Senior School came out to cheer! Solid footwork from Lily Mannall-Fretwell, excellent saves by keeper Ariana DeWeever and a gritty defensive style kept things exciting for much of the match. After all was said and done, the staff came out on top!

Beyond SMS

Off campus, many of our students participate in high-level individual and team sports. Including: triathlon (Jamie Harker & Colette Reimer), Canada Rugby Academy (Maelle Reed), Wave Soccer (Julia & Lily Mannall-Fretwell), Figure Skating (Taylor Scott & Audrey Darrah), Dance (too many to name), Swimming (Riley Greenfield & Alex Myburgh) and Tennis (Bella Mattenly). Our SMS students are so highly engaged and highly successful that inevitably I have missed numerous names on this short list.

This past weekend is a great example as Grade 7 SMS student and Falcon Gymnastics athlete Isobel Neilson competed at the 50th Annual BC Provincial Championships for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics in Port Coquitlam.

Fighting back from an unexpected tailbone injury five days before competing she had an excellent day, winning the Junior Olympic 6 All-Around Provincial Championship Gold Medal with a 36.05. She also won a provincial gold medal for her floor routine (9.20), silver on beam (9.175), bronze on uneven bars (8.925) and placed fifth on vault.

Read the full story here.

 

Have a story about an SMS Athlete you want highlighted? Email Athletic Cooridnator, Emma Glasgow at eglasgow@stmarg.ca