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.

Senior Tigers Update: May 18, 2023

Our Tigers Mountain Biking Team took to Whistler this week for the final season league race. Amelia, Maddie, Nicole, Ruby and Ms. Baldissera represented YHS well in the race. Hundreds of riders from all over the Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone took part. This is a fast-growing sport in BC schools and especially, those of us so close to the incredible trails on the North Shore.

For the first time ever for YHS, the Tigers Golf Team competed at the ISA Championships Monday and Tuesday. YHS golfers, Lucy (11), Olivia (8), Martina (8) and Chelsie (8) placed fourth overall among the eight teams. On Tuesday, they finished just three strokes behind third-place Shawigan Lake (SLS). 

How does the team scoring work? The score of the top four golfers are added up. YHS scored 327 to SLS’ 324. The only teams to beat YHS were SLS, West Point Grey (WPGA), and St. George’s.

It was a great two days at Squamish Valley Golf Club as the Tigers also took home three of the six prizes available. Of the 50 total golfers, Lucy tied for 10th overall and took home both women’s long drive competitions. Olivia won the “KP” closest to the pin, beating all 50 other golfers on that hole.

Next up: VS2S Zone Championships May 24 at McCleery.

YHS Tigers track and Field athletes endured the hot conditions and enjoyed great performances at the LMISSAA (Lower Mainland Independent Secondary Schools Association) Track & Field Finals. Nearly 30 athletes participated and many enjoyed personal bests and medal performances. These past two years, our Tigers Track Team is as strong as any in my memory and the future is bright. Some highlights include:

  • Tigers took gold medals in all three divisions of High Jump
    • Grade 8 gold: Jaime A
    • Junior gold: Nicole W
    • Senior gold: Maddie W

Our Junior 100m sprinters (Sofia, Liv, Sophia, Kate) athletes swept the podium placing 1, 2, 3 and 6 overall.