First Term Sport: The Same, But Different

Monday, November 23, 2020 - By: Will P, Whittall ‘22

As first term sport comes to an end and students look beyond the horizon and into the frenzied world of term two, let’s take a moment to look back at the highlights of an athletic term unlike any other. First term - for three sports programs here at Brentwood - is usually jam-packed with games and competitive action, so the COVID-19 pandemic has forced coaches and athletes alike to get flexible and creative in order to create a functional and enjoyable program without any games. Coaches for all three sports have worked tirelessly to create these programs, and it is fair to say that their efforts most definitely paid off.

Despite the obvious disappointment of missing out on their competitive season, the Girls Volleyball program had a great first term filled with many highlights. Among those, Grace D, Alex ‘22, says, were the colour-themed practices held every Tuesday as well as the Halloween event where the girls were split into teams and each had to create their own costume. She agreed that due to the pandemic, first term wasn’t exactly how any of the girls would have wanted it, but “It was really nice to have this season to focus as a team and work together to form a strong bond.”

Another sport which is usually competitive in the first term is Girls Field Hockey. Emily P, Mackenzie ‘22, noticed how the girls were able to stay positive, saying “Despite being unable to play any games, we continued to have high spirits throughout the term while still improving our skills for the seasons to come. This term was a great opportunity to develop next year’s players and a chance for the girls to bond.”

The Boys Soccer team also, unfortunately, missed out on their competitive season, but still had an eventful and memorable first term. Scrimmages in learning groups gave players their fix of competitive action, and a focus on more fun, skills-based drills allowed for a fulfilling first term that saw a lot of improvement from the boys. “We were obviously disappointed about not being able to play any games, but I think that the competitive drills we were able to run somewhat made up for the games that we were missing” said Fabian H, Whittall ‘22.

Although first term sport this year was definitely very different than in years past, all of the Brentwood athletes are incredibly lucky to play the sports that we love in the midst of a pandemic. A huge thank you goes out to all of the coaches and everybody who helped put together a successful first term of sport.

Now, onto term two.

Will P, Whittall ‘22

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