Ms. Ayotte has been an amazing coach and mentor for our track athletes for many years now. Not only has she coached, she has also been one of the key organizers at all the North Shore meets. Sadly, Ms. Ayotte is leaving Collingwood to take a new position at Fraser Academy. This is fantastic news for Ms. Ayotte but not for Collingwood track. Not only will her athletes miss her always sunny personality and her first-rate coaching, but it also means that we will be deprived of her terrific meet summaries. We wish Ms. Ayotte the best. Here is Coach Ayotte's last report as the Collingwood track coach:
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Collingwood’s Morven campus houses our 600 Grade 8 to 12 students.
Students learn in a secure, vibrant and enriching atmosphere where strong school spirit, a sense of belonging and pride of accomplishment prevail. With a dedicated faculty, all students participate in Academics, Arts, Athletics and Service — the components of The Four Strands — essential to a good education and the growth of a well-rounded citizen.
We are ranked as one of the top five university preparatory schools in British Columbia, with a national reputation for speech and debate, the performing arts, outdoor education, global service projects and a fully developed Advanced Placement program.
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The golf team returned this week from Castlegar with the BC AA silver medal. The team overcame a poor opening day and roared back into contention with some terrific play in the second round. In the end, they finished a mere one stroke out of the first. Here is Coach Payne's report:
The golf team is in Castlegar at the BC Championships. Yesterday, the athletes took to the course in very hot conditions. The Cavs are an incredibly talented group of golfers so they would not have been happy with their individual scores yesterday, but they are only five strokes off the lead so they are well within striking distance.
The senior rugby team bounced back from their devastating semi-final loss on Thursday with an outstanding 29-7 win over McMath to win the bronze medal at the BC AA Rugby Championships yesterday. The Cavs overcame an early 7-0 deficit to the Wildcats as they secured their 9th straight trip to the medal podium with a brilliant mix of forward power and outside speed and handling.
The senior rugby team entered their BC AA semi-final knowing that they needed to play a near-perfect game to defeat a formidable Brentwood side. While the effort was there all game long, a couple of major defensive blunders in the first half allowed BCS to take a 12-0 lead. While the Cavs battled back in spectacular fashion to take a 14-12 lead early in the second half, the would eventually fall 24-14.
The senior rugby team was given an enormous scare but rallied to defeat GW Graham 36-14 in their BC AA quarter-final today. The Cavs started the second half with a 12-7 lead but immediately made a number of mistakes which led to a Grizzlies score. Down 14-12, the Cavs were able to regain their composure and scored three straight tries to ensure that they will be playing in their 9th straight provincial semi-final tomorrow.
The junior field hockey team travels to California every second year to compete in the Cal Cup. Almost all of our senior players who have brought Collingwood so many medals at the BC Championships have played in this tournament as juniors. Coach Shirkoff sends in this report from sunny California:
In order to win the BC Tennis Championships you must win at least six of the eleven matches. For the coaches, it is often a chess match where they need to plan and strategize how best to reach the magic number of six wins. Over the past nine years, Collingwood's opponents tried a number of tactics but always failed to outsmart Coach Al Rose or simply outplay his very deep teams.
This year, Coach Andy Wong has taken over from the retired Coach Rose. Coach Wong's tactical planning turned out to be perfect as he stacked his A doubles teams and counted on them winning four games. He knew if this went to plan then the title would likely belong to Collingwood again as his star singles' players were likely to win at least one of their matches. If they won both, Collingwood would reign again.
If SMUS somehow managed to win one of the singles matches, he was confident that Conor Robertson and Neeki Alavi could combine to win the mixed doubles if it came down to a 5-5 tie with one match to go. This is exactly what happened: Here is Coach Wong's report:
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