With the snow flying, basketballs bouncing and the swimmers swimming, we have officially closed the book on an amazing term of Junior School Athletics. Like every other term, our Term 1 Athletics includes an individual sport (cross-country running) and a team sport (volleyball). The cross-country running team is made up of girls from Grades 3 to 7, and we had four volleyball teams: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7A and Grade 7B.
This past fall we had a record number of participants in Cross-Country, as our team grew to 75 girls! Many thanks to the coaches who worked very hard with the girls to prepare them for competitions at four meets, including two weekend races, as well as the ISEA Championships. According to Head Coach Lela Ling, the season was highly successful, and the girls performed extremely well, highlighted by the team’s 3rd place finish at the ISEA Championships!
The volleyball season also saw excellent participation numbers with 30 girls on both the Grade 5 and Grade 6 teams. For the third consecutive season, we also had enough Grade 7 players to support two teams. Well done girls! Like all of our other Jr. School athletic endeavours, the volleyball seasons concluded with the ISEA events. Both Grade 5 and 6 teams went to their ISEA Playdays. The format of an ISEA Playday places an emphasis on participation and experience, rather than a focus on the outcome of games. In Grade 7, the teams participated in their ISEA Tournaments. This shift in the format introduces a more formal event to our ISEA competitions, and gives the girls a chance to be crowned “champions”. This year our 7B team finished 4th in their tournament and our 7A team brought home the silver medal, losing a hard fought final to WPGA. All of the volleyball coaches reported excellent effort from our Tigers, and all of our coaches were very impressed with the coachability and improvement of our teams.
With nearly 160 girls participating it was another great term of co-curricular athletics in our Junior School. Congratulations to all our young Tigers, and a BIG THANK YOU to all of our coaches!!!
Cross-Country Running: Lela Ling (HC), Madeleine Abbott, Kim Ryerson, Angela Kingerlee, Keira Pearkes, Danika Murray, Alison Waterhouse, Jennifer Sharpe and Jason Camp.
Grade 5 Volleyball: Erin Reindl, Alexis Lum
Grade 6 Volleyball: Megan Dalziel
Grade 7B: Tara Avenia, Danika Murray
Grade 7A: Monique Marcotte, Michelle Russel (’09)