Athletics Review & Tours

Friday, March 01, 2013 - By: Blake Gage

March will be an exciting and rewarding month for our athletes as the third term is fast approaching with Spring Break tours priming the way for our competitive rugby and rowing seasons. For more than sixty of our students, rugby’s France Tour and rowing’s California Tour are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they and their teammates will never forget. In team sports, the strength of athlete relationships is often a critical component of success and nothing brings a group closer than travelling and experiencing new cultures together.

Learning to manage oneself in a foreign language, visiting historic sites, or even trying different culinary delights are all benefits that our students will experience travelling through France. The competition on the rugby pitch, of course, will also be outstanding; playing against such experienced and skilled opponents will definitely pay dividends for our team when they return to compete in British Colombia.  

Our rowers should also see some excellent competition as they will race in high profile regattas in sunny Southern California before returning home for their competitive season. We wish all our travelers a safe journey and look forward to hearing about their many adventures. If you would like to follow these tours, you can do so through the Rugby Tour Blog and Rowing Tour Blog.

A look back at the second term focuses on Squash, Basketball and Hockey as the main competitive sports of the term and all of these have enjoyed successful seasons.

Our Hockey team is in the midst of hosting the 14th annual Ross Cup Tournament this weekend which is traditionally one of the premiere high school hockey tournaments in the province. We should see some very competitive action. Winning the Showcase game earlier this month against SLS in a thrilling shootout was also a highlight for the team and its boisterous fans.

The Squash team participated in a number of competitions around the island, most recently at the Pacific Northwest Tournament hosted by Saint Michaels University in Victoria where Natalie E won the consolation round in the U19 girls category and Elliot H the U19 boys division. Blair W also travelled to California where she earned top honours in a tournament there.

Our Senior Girls Basketball team hosted the South Island playoffs February 14-16 and showed well, finishing 5th in the south. With 36 points, Brooke L lit up the scoreboard (and Mr. Patel’s wardrobe) thanks to a bet that was made between the two; neon green is not his colour! Brooke was also named to the All-Island team for her performance throughout the season. The Junior Girls also finished an excellent season coming second in the Mid-Island. Many of them also got valuable experience playing up for the senior team so the future looks bright for our girls’ program.

The Junior Boys’ Basketball team also finished an excellent season winning two tournaments and finishing second in Mid-Island league play. Finally, our Senior Boys have captured a piece of history by winning the 2013 AA Island Basketball Championship and as a result, earned their 5th consecutive berth to the AA provincial championship in Kamloops from March 6 through 10. Go Brentwood!

Mr. Blake Gage, Director of Athletics

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