By Emma Glasgow, Athletics Coordinator

The St. Margaret’s fall athletic season is in full-swing. The fall is always our busiest season and often boasts the highest level of participation. We pride ourself on providing athletic opportunities for all students regardless of experience.

MY Soccer
On Wednesday, September 26, nine girls aged 11-13 started a new sport and played in their first-ever soccer game. For some of them, this was their first experience competing on a sports team, or in an official match of any kind.

Although we lost 2-0 it was a very positive experience for everyone.

Volleyball 9-12
It’s another busy year for volleyball at SMS. Over the past two years this sport has seen significant growth and this year is no different. We have 12 students playing on the Sr. Volleyball Team and 17 students playing on the development team.

The sr. team had a successful start to their season besting Brookes Westshore two sets to zero. The team will play two more league games before hosting on Tuesday, October 16. We are looking forward to a fun season.

We take pride in on offering sport opportunities for all students. This year’s addition of the Development Team  has allowed for 17 more students to improve upon their skills, form new friendships and have fun. Students on this team have the opportunity to be “called-up” to the Sr. Team if needed throughout the season.

Cross Country 3-12
SMS Cross Country runners are all heart. Whether we are securing top 10 finishes (listed below) or competing in our first ever race, these runners really know how to gut-it-out. Once again, St. Margaret’s played host to the 2nd VISAA Cross Country Meet. Over 200 participants, spectators, and coaches had the opportunity to take in our beautiful campus and Twigg’s Trail.

Racers are already looking forward to the annual ISEA Cross Country Championships at Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC and Island Championships at Elk/Beaver Lake.

Top 10 finishers:
Iris Anderson, Grade 3 – 3rd & 1st
Nayla Atachahua, Grade 3 – 4th
Yashita Kaku, Grade 4 – 10th & 7th
Abby Nicholson, Grade 4 – 2nd & 2nd
Danica Vrabel, Grade 4 – 9th & 6th
Annika Akeroyd, Grade 5 – 3rd & 7th
Charlotte Bedford, Grade 5 – 4th
Riley Greenfield, Grade 5 – 2nd & 6th
Grace Tonks, Grade 5 – 3rd
Peyton Harker, Grade 7- 2nd
Lily Mannall-Fretwell, Grade 10 – 10th

Rowing
SMS Rowers took part in the annual Crabfest Skills Regatta on Sunday, September 30, at Elk Lake. The regatta was an excellent opportunity for our eight novice rowers to show off all the skills they have learned since the season start, and for our senior advanced woman to execute with precision and finesse.

On Thursday, October 11, the rowing team along with other high-performance athletes at SMS will have the opportunity to work with our Head-to-Head Olympian Mentor in Residence, Lindsay Jennerich. A combination of on-water work with the rowing team followed by a Q & A about what it takes to reach the upper-echelon of sport.