These Three Racketeers
It has not been an easy 6 months for the grad class of 2020. Though many returned for a socially distanced graduation ceremony in June, they had already lost their final term on campus, and all of the ritual, joy, camaraderie, and celebration that rightfully comes at the end of a Brentwood career.
But the Grad Class of ‘20 continues to make lemonade from pandemic lemons.
One such tale is of the three racketeers I encountered on campus yesterday afternoon.
Pasha Baradaran, Mathias Delage, and Liam O’Malley, three enthusiastic and talented tennis players, who also lost the competitive season in their Grade 12 year, have, at the enticement of Tennis Coach Marci McLean, returned this fall to assist her in coaching on the courts.
The three of them will begin online first year university (Liam at UBC, Pasha at UBC O & Mathias at Queens) while living on southern Vancouver Island as they return to campus to pass on their passion and skills to a new generation of Brentwood tennis players.
Coach McLean explained: “I had been in contact with the boys over the summer and knew they were coming to Vancouver Island to start their university careers online. When Mr. Gage gave the OK to hire more tennis coaches to assist this term, I was very excited to offer the positions to Liam, Pasha, and Mathias. We have spent many hours on the tennis court together while they were at Brentwood, with them as students and me as their coach. I am extremely happy to have them back again to work with me, this time on the coaching side. It is also going to be great for the returning competitive players who will have them to train and practice with. It’s a win-win for everyone."
Jim Ganley, Privett '34