This morning’s Athletic Assembly in Ketchum Auditorium was a celebration of the spring sports successes.
The theme of the assembly, beyond recognizing sporting achievements, was the value of participation. The boys were reminded that taking part in a sport is more important than winning, and it’s better to have played and lost every game than to never have joined a team and participated.
Before the awards were handed out, Athletic Director Paul Bedard turned the microphone over to Bryce Neil, a grade 11 student who has been elected Head Prefect for the 2019-2020 school year.
“How can we be the best version of ourselves on the court, arena, field, or course?” Bryce asked at the full-school assembly.
He requested a couple of classmates to help answer this question. Oruese Erivwo, in grade 11, sustained an ankle injury and needed to work hard to regain his jump shot and Bryce asked him how he recovered his abilities on the basketball court.
“I had to continue shooting and running to strengthen my leg back to what it was before,” Oruese explained.
Bryce then called on Isaac Bradbury, captain of Varsity Soccer, who broke his leg this year. How did he get back in form? “Every day I did rehab with Drew Eidt (athletic therapist). He helped me maintain my strength so when I got back, I was ready to go 100 percent with the guys,” responded Isaac, a grade 12 student.
Bryce also spoke about Steven Liu, a grade 11 student who wakes up every morning at 4:30 to train for swimming and heads to the pool again after school. “He really values perseverance. Swimming provides the skills to perform and compete under pressure and stress. It motivates him in his everyday studies. It increases his confidence. Fuels his grit. Makes him a more complete person.”
Bryce said a lot of the responses talked about strength and after their respective setbacks everyone trained harder and persevered mentally to gain confidence in their abilities.
“If we tell ourselves we are the best, we can breed confidence. Confidence that allows us to set personal bests. Confidence that allows us to enjoy the process. Confidence that makes us feel good.
“Have confidence. Think positive thoughts. And know you can achieve success no matter what obstacles may come your way.”
Story by Julie Caspersen
MVPs and MIPs
Here are the Most Valuable Players (MVP) listed first and the Most Improved Players (MIP) listed second:
U14 Badminton – Hiram Chen, Ben Wang
U16 Badminton – Wing Zou, JulyAnh Nguyen
1st Badminton – Michael Hanrahan, Zi Yu Han
U14 Tennis – Alex Sinclair, Adrian Wei
U16 Tennis – Max Houghton, Jack Rankel
1st Tennis – Matteo Derbedrosian, PZ Zhang
Sr. Triathlon – Willem Grier, Neebin Elliott
Jr. Triathlon – Alex Ventin, Henry Paluch
U11 Track & Field – Mack Stewart, Owen Lewis
U12 Track & Field – Duncan McDonell, Brandon Yi
U13 Track & Field – Braydon Bruce, Charlie Jansen
U14 Track & Field – Christian Mitsis, Michael Zhang
Midget Track & Field – Franklin Zhang, Aiden van der Weg
Jr. Track & Field – Aaron Lee, Hanson Xiang
Sr. Track & Field – Caden Markle, Neebeesh Elliott
Jr. Golf – Troy Tsai, Ethan Mitchell
Sr. Golf – Hunter Kolm, Ahmed Shaikh
1st Cricket – Ben van Eeden, Martin Skachkov
U14 Lacrosse – Noah Roberts, Grey Berman
JV Lacrosse – Ian Morrison, Liam Stevenson
1st Lacrosse – Evan Brisley, Christopher Roy
U12 Softball – Parker Bifolchi, Usman Shakir
U14 Softball – Blake Duyn, Matteo Cercola
1st Baseball – Eugene Lee, Bill Starke
U14 Rugby – Alexander Nikols, Juan Pablo Hernandez Coss
U16 Rugby – Johannes Foltsmann, Jose Madrazo
1st Rugby – Alastair Binnendyk, Jason Grenier
Mark Oliver Award – Ryder Germain
Athletic “A” awards handed out
St. Andrew’s also honours its elite graduating student-athletes with an Athletic “A” award. The “A” is achieved by accumulating athletic points in the final two years of school.
10 points are awarded for each qualifying first team of which a boy is a full-time member. Additional points are awarded as follows: 5 points for a first team captain; 5 points for a first team MVP; 3 points for a first team MIP. A total of 60 points is required to earn an “A” and the following students reached this milestone in 2019:
Ryan Sutherland Pace
Ben van Eeden
Mr. Bedard also read a list of 19 boys who played on a first team in all three terms:
Alejandro Guraieb Abella
Sabastian Murphy Ives
Ryan Sutherland Pace
The Athlete of the Year will be announced on Prize Day, Friday, June 14.