2015 Athletic Awards

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by Lindsay Brooke, Athletic Director

The 2014-15 school year has simply been the finest ever in SMUS sporting history. Pride of place goes to the athletes and coaches who combined on an incredible “Triple Crown”, winning BC AA titles in boys soccer, boys basketball and boys rugby. One small step behind were girls field hockey and girls soccer, which missed out on blue banners by the slimmest of margins.

In addition, six teams won Island titles, while, of the twelve sports offering BC School Sports provincial championships, SMUS qualified for 10. In addition, school squash players and rowers left their mark on the national stage.

Last week’s Senior School Athletics Banquet, was just another reminder for me of the huge role sport plays at SMUS. Indeed, participation, enjoyment, performance and sportsmanship remain of vital importance, as reflected in the mottos of St. Michael’s (“Nothing is great unless it is good”) and University School (“A healthy mind in a healthy body”). To these, I would add a few final words: “To play is good, to win is better, but to love the game is the best.”

Congratulations to all of our athletes and coaches on an exceptional season. The following is a list of award winners from this year’s banquet.

TEAM AWARDS
Work ethic, attitude, leadership and sportsmanship, as voted on by teammates.
Boys Soccer – Callum Montgomery
Boys Rowing – John Throne
Girls Rowing – Acacia Welsford
Volleyball – Keeley CopelandSMUS-SS-AthleticAwards-J
Cross Country – Acacia Welsford
Field Hockey – Siri Knudsen
Sailing – Santiago Mazoy
Boys Basketball – Jake Wilmott
Girls Basketball – Robyn Noel
Squash – Jason Yoo
Tennis – Aline Halliday
Golf – Leif Skogland
Girls Soccer – Flora Manson-Blair
Track and Field – Abdul Shokoya & Kenny Shokoya
Cricket – Rachael Benjamin
Boys Rugby – Aidan McCleary
Badminton – Ryan Cui
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BILLY GREENWELL AWARD
Outstanding Male Basketball Player
Jason Scully

DALZIEL CUP
Outstanding 1st XV Rugby player
Josh Graffi
Max Pollen

NANCY MOLLENHAUER CUP
Outstanding Field Hockey Player
Flora Staunau

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR’S MERIT AWARD
Outstanding performance in sportSMUS-SS-AthleticAwards-Ss
Grace Thomas (Squash)
Acacia Welsford (Rowing)
Graeme Hyde-Lay (Triple Crown)
Matty McColl (Triple Crown)
Max Pollen (Triple Crown)
Jake Wilmott (Triple Crown)

OUTSTANDING JUNIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Outstanding all round performance and effort
Jasper Bosley

PEYTON CUP
Outstanding Female Athlete
Robyn Noel (winner)
Aveen Glen (runner-up)SMUS-SS-AthleticAwards-GT

PARENTS AUXILIARY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Outstanding effort, humility in victory, grace in defeat
Flora Manson-Blair (winner)
Ryan Cui (runner-up)

PARENTS AUXILIARY CUP
Outstanding Male Athlete
Graeme Hyde-Lay (winner)
Matty McColl (winner)

Check out all the photos from the Athletics Banquet at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

(photos by Brady Doland)

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