Looking Ahead in Athletics

The 2009-2010 school year got under way last week with SMUS athletic teams boasting some serious potential in the pre-season.

The Senior boys soccer team, losing only a handful of players to graduation last year, looks particularly strong and the boys will get their first big test this coming weekend, as we host the ISA Tournament. Interest in soccer remains high, for the fourth consecutive year, we will also run a competitive B-team in the high school league.

Both the Senior girls volleyball and the girls field hockey teams will get their games underway this coming week with local tournament action. The Senior girls volleyball team is looking to make some big strides this year as they build to the AA provincial championships in December, hosted at SMUS.

Once again, rowing numbers are huge – over 80 kids showed up to the first day of tryouts. The team will accommodate about 54 athletes in addition to a middle school crew. Water and land training begins this week, as the crews prep for their opening regatta in early October.

Cross-country also had a good turnout at their first training day. The programme will feature a new Grade 9 team in an effort to bolster the junior ranks.

A new sport in the fall lineup is ballroom dance. Over 25 students turned up to an information session last week and training will hopefully begin next week. This team will compete in a number of local ballroom dance competitions throughout the season.

Over the summer, several of our athletes competed for Team BC in their respective sports at the Canada Summer Games in PEI. Here are the results:

  • Jeremy Bagshaw:silver medal (and four other top five finishes) in swimming
  • Derek Stedman and Liz Fenje: three silver medals in rowing
  • Johnny Humphries, Mike Fuailefau, Wonjin Kim, Beau Parker, Tom Bridger and Chad Margolus: silver medals in rugby

Also, congratulations to Dave Pollen and Fynn Kehlfor for taking gold in the rugby U14 Interprovincials and to Joe Furness for his gold medal in the U16 competition!

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