Athletics Review: March 2, 2008

This week the Athletics Department would like to recognize some athletes who have done some amazing things in the past few months.

Squash: Tyler Olson (Grade 9)
At the Squash Canadian Open held in Niagara-on-the-Lake on December 8-11, Tyler Olson finished in fourth place in the under-15 category. He beat players from Columbia, Mexico, and Canada but lost to an Egyptian player in the semi-finals.

Next Tyler competed in the U.S Open held at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Prior to the tournament he spent three days, in and around Boston, exploring Harvard and MIT. Tyler was impressed with Harvard’s 12-court squash facility and ivy-draped brick buildings. At the U.S. Open he again finished fourth by defeating the Egyptian player who beat him earlier, but then lost to the number one seed from England in the semi-finals.

His next major tournament was the B.C. Junior Open, held at the Jericho Tennis Club in Vancouver on January 25-27. Tyler played up a division (to have tougher matches) and ended up winning the Under-17 category without dropping a game.

At the Nanaimo Open on February 8-10, he entered the Men’s A division and did extremely well, making it to the semi-final before losing to the number one ranked player in B.C. in the boys Under-19 division.

The season effectively wraps up in mid-April, when the Canadian Nationals will be hosted by the Victoria Squash Club for the first time in five years. As the one or two players above him (the rankings change periodically) both age-out before the Nationals begin, Tyler should be the number one seed, and number one ranked player in Canada for the tournament.

Rugby: Andrew Crow (Grade 12)
The Premier’s Athletic Awards took place February 11 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. The Premier’s Athletic Awards recognize the top female and male athletes from the provincial sport organizations and post-secondary institutions participating in the 2006/2007 B.C. Athlete Assistance Program.

Victoria’s Andrew Crow received the award for Rugby:

  • Captain of Rugby Canada U17 Team at the International Millfield Festival in England
  • Member of Rugby Canada/BC Rugby High Performance Academy
  • 2007 National Championships, Captain of BC Rugby U18 Provincial Men’s Team – Gold Medal
  • Member of St. Michaels University School Team – 1st Place, BC High School Championships

Swimming: Jeremy Bagshaw (Grade 10)
Jeremy was a member of the Swim Canada 2008 Youth and Junior European Tour team. The team was made up of 16 boys and 16 girls selected from the best performances at the 2007 senior and age group national swimming championships. Jeremy was in the younger group (Youth).

The team competed at the Championnats Internationaux de Genève on January 18-20, and at the Euromeet 2008 in Luxembourg on January 25 -28.

Jeremy competed in seven events in Geneva. He made finals in six of the events, getting bronze medals in the 200 metre individual medly and 100 fly, as well as fourth place finishes in 400 individual medly and 100 metre backstroke.

In Luxembourg he competed in six events. He got a silver medal in the 1500 meter freestyle, bronze in 400 metre freestyle and fourth in the 200 metre freestyle.

Badminton: Ross Prager (Grade 10), Helen Ip (Grade 9), Robbie Thomas (Grade 8) and Candice Ip (Grade 7).

These four SMUS students were in Cranbrook on February 21-24, representing their zone in badminton at the B.C. Winter Games. As a result of their superb play, the Lower Island Zone excelled at the Games. These students are also a key part of the SMUS Badminton team, who will be travelling to Prince George later this week for the upcoming B.C. High School Provincial Championships. In addition to their school team practices, all of these students train locally with private coaches Keith Anton and Brad Jawl, and all play, on average, six times per week.


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