Senior Tigers Update: June 1, 2023

The Tigers Track & Field Team qualified several student-athletes for the BC Championships which run June 8-10 at MacLeod Stadium in Langley. In order to qualify for the BCs, athletes must place in the top four at the Vancouver Sea to Sky (VS2S) Zone Championship Meet held May 23-24 at UBC. The VS2S Zone includes all schools from Vancouver, North and West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast and Howe Sound to Pemberton. There were several Tigers highlights from this meet which include first-place finishes on the track and in field events such as high jump and triple jump.

The YHS Junior 4 x 100m relay team is one to watch as they go after a Junior medal at BCs. Grade 8 standout Jaime A., will compete in the heptathlon on June 2 as well as several events at BCs. Grade 10 star, Sofia V. is also a multi-event specialist scoring excellent results in sprints, long jump, triple jump and relays. There are far too many talented athletes to mention! The Tigers are primarily a team of Grade 8-10s with just a few Grade 11 athletes this season. Next season, YHS has a serious chance to compete for a 2A title. Good Luck to all at BCs!

The combined YHS and St. George’s ultimate teams wrapped up their season this past weekend at the BC Invitational tournament in Surrey. Ultimate is a coed sport under BC School Sports (BCSS) therefore, for YHS students to participate, they must combine with St. George’s to form a team. Our combined teams are named TIGHT to represent Tigers + Knights. Our Junior and Senior Tight Teams played out their final games this past weekend. The Senior Tight Team had a tough battle with Argyle on Saturday losing on the last point of the game. On Sunday, they went on to win all their games finishing in 9th place. Congratulations to all the teams and special thank you to the coaches and staff who support our Ultimate players. A special thank you to our graduating Grade 12s Sarah G, Kate I, Amanda D-M, and Julia F.

Tight: Tigers + Knights (St. George's) Ultimate Team.
The Tigers Golf Team is travelling to Qualicum June 5-7 to compete in the 1A BC Championships. This is the first year for a competitive golf team at YHS. A school golf team requires a minimum of four golfers and a maximum of five can compete in a tournament. The lowest combined score of four golfers is your team score. YHS has had some excellent golfers in the past, but never four strong golfers to form a school team. Good luck to Lucy L, Martina L, Olivia Z, and Chelsie J next week. The future is bright for YHS golf as three of our team members are Grade 8s and the rumour is, there are some good young golfers in the Junior School.

The High School Mt. Biking BCs were in the Kootenay region this year which made it difficult for all our Tigers to attend. Nothing seems to stop Maddi W. from participating in everything she can and with the support of her parents, travelled to Rossland, BC to Red Mountain for the championship. Maddi placed 9th in Cross-Country and 8th in the enduro race. Congratulations! Next year, all four of our mountain bikers return and we welcome any new experienced riders to the team.

All student-athletes, managers, and coaches are invited to our afterschool BBQ year-end celebration. Students receive their participation paw pins and some awards are presented. There will be a BBQ and Rain or Shine will be available. Major athletic awards are presented on Thursday, June 8 at our year-end Bravo assembly and at graduation, for our Grade 12s.

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.