Junior Tigers Update: May 18, 2023

The days may be long, but the months seem to be very short! All of a sudden we find ourselves with one remaining practice before our final Track & Field competition of the year. On May 26-28, our Tigers will be running, jumping, and throwing with 1000s of other children at the BC Elementary Track & Field Championships at Minoru Park, in Richmond. This is a wonderful event for to wrap up our season, and we are looking forward to watching our young Tigers pursue their personal best results. 

The past two weeks we found our team in the middle of some fun and competitive Track & Field experiences. On May 11, the Grade 3 portion of our team travelled to Crofton House School (CHS) for our annual Grade 3 Mini-Meet. This event brings together over 60 young athletes to compete in the following four events: long jump, shot put, 60m, and a shuttle relay. The students, always nervous at the beginning, soon found their footing and had an amazing experience. Many thanks to our coaches for supporting the athletes, and a big THANK YOU to CHS for hosting such a wonderful event. 

On May 15, we sent a group of selected athletes to the ISEA Track & Field Championships. It was a scorching hot day, which actually lends itself nicely to those athletes who love to sprint, throw, and jump. It is less exciting for the middle-distance athletes, but we can report that all of our Tigers handled the conditions like seasoned veterans. The coaching staff was very proud of our Tigers’ performance on the track, and how well they managed the heat off of the track. At the end of the competition, there were many, many personal bests, and the Tigers returned home with 3rd place in the Girl’s Team category. Congratulations to everyone!

On May 18, both of our Junior School Ultimate teams participated in ISEA Ultimate events. Our Grade 6/7 team played in the B Tournament and performed very well. It is always a unique experience for our Tigers as Ultimate is a co-ed sport. The Tigers finished the day with strong results, even if they did not win as many games as they would have liked. Our coaches (Ms. Garner and Ms. Dyck) have preached effort and commitment all season long, and they were extremely proud of the team in both of those areas. In addition, the Tigers played with fantastic “spirit”, showcasing high levels of respect for both the rules and their opponents. 

The Grade 5 team also did an admirable job of playing hard with a high level of spirit. At this level of play, scores are often kept, but the results are not. The Tigers returned home very proud…and exhausted. Although Ms. Abbott organizes the team, we have several Senior School coaches who have provided amazing coaching and leadership to our youngest ultimate players. Sarah G. (‘23), Julia F. (‘23), Mandy D. (‘23), and Madison X. (‘27) are true examples of service leadership. In particular, we are going to miss our three graduating coaches who have contributed a lot of their time and expertise over the past five years.