“Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just illusions.”
  ~ Michael Jordan
At Shawnigan our athletic coaches and instructors guide our students in their pursuit of personal excellence through our outstanding co-educational programming opportunities. We recognize that this journey, and definition of success, will vary from student to student. However, what will not vary is the quality of this experience. Finally, whether it is on a competitive team or, in fitness training, our students will live the words of our school motto ‘Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat’ (‘Let the rewards go those who have worked to deserve them’).

Shawnigan Athletics focuses on:
  • Striving for one’s personal excellence and self-improvement by providing a balance between development and competition;
  • We place great emphasis on values such as courage, integrity, loyalty, respect, honesty, and commitment;
  • Providing a sporting journey that will help prepare our students for life through the many lessons that can be learned about oneself through participation of sport;
  • An opportunity to experience individual and team sports, as well as, a variety of recreational activities;
  • We value healthy competition. With this comes lessons on how to win with humility, as well as, how to lose graciously;
  • Learning that leadership is a shared responsibility; Giving our players authentic opportunities to lead other players;
  • An uncompromising commitment to sportsmanlike play;
Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Field Hockey*
Ice Hockey*
Cross Country*
Basketball Skills
Ice Hockey*
Recreational Co-Ed Ice Hockey
Cross Country*
Ice Hockey*
Cross Country*
Outdoors & White Water Kayaking

*Competitive Sports
In our competitive program we have world class coaching that includes past Olympians and Olympic Medalists, World Champions, National Team players in multiple sports, and former professional athletes in rugby, hockey and soccer. Our recreational programs such as dance, fitness and outdoors are staffed with equally qualified and passionate instructors.


Thanks in part to our first-rate facilities, we have forged partnerships with community groups and national programs. These agreements bring local athletes and national teams to train at our school and in our community, as we aim to inspire our young athletes, build positive community relationships, and support Team Canada!
Our student athletes are supported with:

  • on-site Health Centre, physiotherapists and athletic therapists
  • sport-specific strength and conditioning programs
  • academic and wellness programs
  • university guidance on post-secondary athletics

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  • Trips and Tours

    We value to the opportunity to travel for the educational and cultural experiences and international competition.
    • Basketball trips to California, Hawaii and Oregon
    • Golf trip to Arizona
    • Ice hockey trips to Boston, Toronto, New York and Finland
    • Tennis trip to Spain
    • Rugby trips to Argentina, France, Italy, U.K., Japan, Las Vegas, New Zealand and South Africa
    • Squash trip to Hong Kong, China and Malaysia
    • Rowing trip to England, Tampa Bay and Newport, California
  • Service

    An important and distinctive part of the Shawnigan sporting program is our commitment to team building and social responsibility through community engagement and service opportunities.

Athletics office

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  • Photo of Tim Murdy

    Tim Murdy 

    Director of Sport, Physical Education, Coach
  • Photo of Andria Conroy

    Andria Conroy 

    Athletic Coordinator, Physical Education, Coach, Assistant House Director - Strathcona
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Sports Facilities

  • Charlie Purdey Arena for ice hockey and figure skating
  • Hyde-Lay Rugby Pavilion and Canada Field (home to international rugby fixtures)
  • Read Rowing Crewhouse and rowing docks
  • Water based field hockey turf and field turf for soccer, rugby and PE
  • Multi-use sportsplex including two full sized gyms, fitness areas and high performance weight room
  • Six squash courts
  • Six tennis courts
  • Indoor and outdoor basketball courts
  • Surrounding trails, lake and wilderness area for outdoor pursuits

Athletics News

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  • October Sports Update

    Field hockey
    It has been a brilliant fall for Shawnigan’s senior girls’ field hockey team, with strong performances in three high-level tournaments leading up to a berth in the provincial championships.
    The girls won Tier 2 of the Bridgman Cup in Victoria on Thanksgiving weekend, when parents also treated them to an evening of axe throwing in the name of team bonding. A week later, the team travelled to the Mainland for the senior Independent Schools Association tournament. Entering as the fourth seed in their four-team pool, they ended up going undefeated in pool play to advance to the gold-medal game, where they were beaten by a very strong Collingwood team.
    “The coaches were so proud,” said head coach Mrs. Andi Conroy. “They went above and beyond expectations. Our girls had only been playing together for 30 days, while many of the other teams have been together for years.”
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  • Starting the Season with Sports Camps

    Athletes on several of Shawnigan’s competitive teams got a jumpstart on the fall sports season with a series of training camps on campus last weekend.
    The field hockey, U18 female Prep and U15 boys’ Prep ice hockey, and volleyball teams all arrived at the School a few days early to shake off the rust, bond as a team, and prepare for competition that will be starting before they know it.
    Field hockey got off to an “amazing” start, according to head coach Mrs. Andi Conroy. The talented group returning from last year has been bolstered by some international students and some strong juniors coming up. The Grade 12 leadership is “stronger than ever,” and team spirit is on the rise thanks in part to some valuable bonding time on the Thunder Rugby canoe.
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  • May Sports Update

    The 1st and 2nd XV boys’ rugby teams and the Iron Women girls’ XV hosted a trio of games last Friday (May 5) to go along with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new stone pathway at the Derek Hyde-Lay Rugby Pavilion. The 2nd XV got off to a rough start in the opening match before mounting a tenacious comeback, while the Iron Women and the 1st XV won their Stadium Series matches, which will help determine their rankings going into their respective provincial championships.
    The Iron Women prevailed 21-5 over Langley’s D.W. Poppy, the defending AA provincial champs, to continue their perfect season and are now ranked No. 1 in BC. “We have some very skilled and experienced players that are fantastic leaders who guide the more inexperienced players daily,” head coach Mrs. Shannon Atkins said. “This inclusive way to learn has been very beneficial to us.”

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