Athletics Update - Winding down

Wednesday, June 08, 2022 - By: Blake Gage, Director of Athletics

Feelings are bittersweet as our third and final term of sport draws to an end. Our students have had a fantastic month and are excited for summer but knowing that these are our last few days with our Grade 12s is definitely not easy. With things returning to “mostly normal”, the month of May has once again become an extraordinarily busy time for our Brentwood athletes and their efforts have brought in some outstanding results. 

Our tennis team recently returned from the Provincial Championship in Vancouver, where they played their best tennis of the year, making it all the way to the final and claiming a provincial silver medal for their efforts. For our new Head of Tennis, Ms Tiara Hobbs, it was an impressive way to begin her time in this role. In golf action, we had perhaps our strongest results ever, winning gold at the ISA Championship, gold at the Island Championship, and seventh overall at the Provincial Championship.  

Our Senior Girls’ Soccer Team saved their best play for an impressive playoff push. They competed in the North Island Playoff, where they earned a berth to the Island Championship in Victoria. At Islands, the team hung tough with some of the top teams in the province and just missed advancing out of pool play.
The Senior Boys’ Rugby Team, after convincingly defeating SMUS to win the Island Championship, advanced to the provincials as the #1-ranked AA team. Despite the seeding, the team had an extremely tough draw—which became even more challenging after a number of key injuries. Nonetheless, they managed to beat a hard-nosed Rockridge team in the quarter-final and then had one of the most dramatic last-second wins we have seen and defeated a big and talented team from Collingwood 17-16 to advance to the final. In the final, the boys battled and gave themselves a chance to win but eventually came up just short against a very good team from West Vancouver Secondary. It was an impressive season and the boys brought home some well-deserved provincial silver medals.

Our Girls’ Rugby Team, despite being young and inexperienced, showed a great deal of progress this year. They qualified for provincials, where they finished 7th in the province, and with so many players new to the game and many of them in grades 9 or 10 now, the future looks bright for this team.

Finally, in rowing, Mr. Carr and his team of coaches took 45 athletes to compete at the National Championship in St Catharines, Ontario—commonly referred to simply as “St. Catharines” or “CSSRAs”.  Every single athlete made it to at least one final and the School brought home an impressive total of eight medals:
Junior Womens’ 8+
Junior Womens’ 4+
Senior Womens’ 8+
Junior Mens’ 8+
Junior Mens’ 72 kg 8+
Jr Mens’ 72kg 4+
Senior Womens’ 4x
Jr Womens’ coxed quad

This wraps up our Torch sporting updates for the year. We will have our spring term Colours and individual awards presentations on June 9 and we hope to see you at our closing and graduation ceremonies on June 17.

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