Rohin D, G7 is quick to point out that his pursuits in competitive karate do more than just keep him fit. "I need to be tactical and smart, and I get to hang out with my friends while I train and at tournaments." All of that has created passion in this dedicated youngster, who recently qualified for Team BC. It was a bit of a wild ride, but Rohin's perseverance paid off and he's excited to attend his first Nationals in just a few weeks.
That balanced approach, and demonstration of personal values, is shared by many of our students who have their eye on athletic excellence. They juggle their school work with training and practice time, in addition to competitions. It takes commitment, agility, organisation and a never-give-up attitude - the same characteristics encompassed within an IB education.
Isla G, G4 is another such Mulgravian, chasing a win down a ski hill . While she's only just completed her first year of racing, she clinched the gold medal in moguls at the recent Sun Peaks Nancy Green Festival. Her parents are, of course, proud of that accomplishment. But it's team spirit award granted by her club that really has them glowing.
"She is always the first one to help another child, even if that means she needs to stop midway through a run," say parents Yasmin and Duncan. "As important as we feel family is in creating happy, healthy, successful children, we know their school environment plays an equally significant role!"
As she moves up through the grades, perhaps Isla can look to Milan N, G8, for a bit of advice. Just last week, he landed a tenth place finish in the U14 division of the Whistler Cup, an international event hosting more than 400 athletes from 20 countries (and he bounced back from an injury at the very last minute...read Milan's account of the weekend here).
Despite his love for the sport, he makes it clear that skiing comes second to school, and he has a message for those who have helped him along the way: "I want to say a special thank you to my teachers who have supported me with my studies given my frequent absences to train and compete. Without your support I would not be able to succeed both in school and in skiing. I also want to thank my parents, coaches and team mates."
We wish these young athletes much success in all of their pursuits.