Some of Shawnigan's top rugby players are back on campus after an exciting week in Nevada.
Competing at the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens, Shawnigan's senior boys program entered two teams into the High School Open division.
Playing as A and B sides, the top team finished with a 5-1 record, ultimately losing out in the cup semifinals to the eventual tournament champions, Evolution. Shawnigan's 'B' team finished with a 1-5 record.
Two of Shawnigan's top players, Reece T. and Jack S., were absent from Black and Gold squads as they represented Canada in the Under-18 championship. With a win over the host nation in the Cup final, Canada earned a spot in the next Summer Youth Olympics, to be held in October 2018 in Argentina.
The Canadian girls U-18 team, which includes Shawnigan alumna Delaney A., also qualified for the Youth Olympics. The girls will travel to Argentina, while the boys must await results from Canada's field hockey program to determine if they'll be able to participate.
Meanwhile, a pair of Grade 10 standouts, Mikayla B. and Samantha L., joined Team BC in the Girls U-16 division. Team BC finished the round robin with a 2-1 record before falling to Paikea in the cup semifinals and then beating Fallbrook in the 3rd place game.
Director of Rugby Tim Murdy says the entire contingent enjoyed their time immensely. He says the boys took in a Vegas Golden Knights hockey game as well as some of the International Sevens tournament that ran concurrently with the youth events.
With so many senior boys currently set to represent Canada in the coming month, Shawnigan's senior boys program has elected not to complete a Spring Break rugby tour this year. The Colts (junior boys) are excited for their tour to Italy, while the girls will enjoy travels in the UK.
Shawnigan Lake School is a co-educational boarding school on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The school is home to nationally-ranked academics, arts and athletics, with 100 per cent of graduates accepted to university.