SMUS athletes excel both on and off campus. Students Jeremy Bagshaw, Taylor Moon and Isabella Holt are some of our successful athletes excelling at a national level.
Grade 10 student Jeremy Bagshaw recently returned from the Junior National European tour representing the BC swim team. At the Luxemburg Open in Germany, Jeremy won a silver medal for the 1500m freestyle and a bronze for the 400m freestyle swim. In Switzerland, at the Geneva International, he won two bronze medals for the 100m-butterfly and 200m race.
Jeremy is in the pool eight to ten times a week. He swims with Island Swimming and is on the BC provincial team. Last month Jeremy represented SMUS at the high school provincials and won gold, silver and bronze medals.
Taylor Moon has reached the highest level of competition in her sport of novice ice dance. The Grade 11 student represented BC at the Canada Junior Nationals in Ottawa last month. After the Western preliminary competition, Taylor and her partner were named as alternates for the national team. But just three days before the competition, they received a phone call saying they would be replacing another pair and heading east to compete. Taylor placed sixteenth overall in Canada at the novice level.
Grade 6 student Isabella Holt also skated at the Junior Nationals in Ottawa, competing in pre-novice pairs. Isabella skates with Oak Bay Figure Skating Club and qualified to go to the nationals after placing fourth at the Bank of Montreal Section Championships in Kamloops last November. Isabella was awarded ninth place overall.
All three athletes agree balancing school and training is difficult. “It’s a lot of running around, but I manage,” says Taylor, who is on the ice six days a week, often practicing for two hours before school starts.
Jeremy, Taylor and Isabella train before and after school almost every day. “It’s really tough, but I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it,” Jeremy says.
“I love the thrill of competing and all the people watching,” says Isabella.
Jeremy will compete in the Speedo Western Canadian Championships next week. Then in April, he will head to Montreal for Olympic trials.
Taylor is looking forward to performing in the Racquet Club of Victoria’s presentation of “Peter Pan on Ice,” which opens in March at the Archie Browning Sports Centre. She will play the roles of Wendy’s mother, a fairy and a Native girl.
Isabella has completed her season and has begun training for next year.