Competitive Sports

Competitive Sports

Competitive Sports

SMUS competes at the varsity level in 13 sports. At the Senior level (Grades 11-12) and Junior Level (Grades 9-10), all athletes compete through to the Vancouver Island championships, with some sports hosting provincial tournaments.

In most sports, SMUS competes at the AA level (based on school size). At the Senior School level, all teams are competitive and have a tryout component. Students who also play on a non-SMUS team outside of school are expected to prioritize their school team. 

Senior School sports require a high level of commitment. Players will often travel for competitions, occasionally miss class time for games, and can expect to train 4-6 times per week. Students should ensure that they are able to meet the requirements outlined by their coach.

Rowing boats in front of  the SMUS Gorge Community Centre
The rowing program rows out of the SMUS Rowing Centre on the Gorge

The SMUS rowing team welcomes enthusiastic athletes who are interested in being a part of a team. Beginners and experienced rowers refine and consolidate their rowing skills, fitness, and on-water performance. Rowing at SMUS now covers all three terms with two distinctive seasons.

In the fall, a larger team competes in the LVISSAA 11-week high school season. We compete in three local regattas, including the City Championships. This is a one-term commitment.

A small group of athletes will continue to train over the winter in preparation for the spring competitive racing season from February to June at regattas across British Columbia. The final goal of this group is to represent SMUS at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association (CSSRA) Championships at the beginning of June in St. Catharines, Ontario.

SMUS rowing builds everyone’s fitness through a variety of training, encourages team commitment, and supports competitive development.

SMUS Advantages

Some of the highlights and advantages of rowing at SMUS include:

  • Premier facility, with the SMUS Rowing Centre situated on the Gorge waterway
  • Open to all students no matter experience level to build the foundation of a healthy lifestyle
  • Second-to-none developmental program in an inclusive and friendly environment
  • Travel to provincial and national tournaments

Senior School Rowing

Recent Highlights

  • Won 1 bronze at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association (CCSRA) national championships (2017-18)
  • Won 1 silver and 1 bronze at the CSSRA Championships (2016-17)
  • Won 1 gold at the CCSRA Championships (2015-16)
  • Won 2 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze at the CSSRA Championships (2014-15)