“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;
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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
  • Sports Village for recreational student activities that includes: beach volleyball, basketball court, fitness challenge area, turfed mini soccer pitch, mini outdoor hockey rink and a covered pavilion area.
  • Surrounding trails, lake and wilderness area for outdoor pursuits

Athletics News

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  • June Sports Update: Provincials and Nationals

    With four programs at the provincial championships and one at nationals over the last two weeks, it has been a busy period for our gifted athletes, but also a fantastic opportunity for Shawnigan to showcase our tremendous athletic programs.
    The First XV and the Iron Women earned silver medals in the boys’ AAA Tier 1 and girls’ AA tournaments, respectively in Abbotsford, while the Colts placed seventh at the junior boys’ championship.
    “All three teams and their coaches can be extremely proud of the improvement and determination shown representing their school,” interim Head of Rugby Mr. John Tait said. “All of our players contributed to successful seasons and wonderful memories and lessons from competing together. The future is bright and no doubt the lessons learned from this year will pay off in the years to come.”
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  • Sports Update

    It has been a busy few weeks for our many spring sports programs, so it’s time for a quick update on how our teams have been doing in the lead-up to provincial championships.
    The School hosted the Mike Johnson Classic Squash Tournament on May 10 and 11, drawing players from San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Calgary, Vancouver, and Vancouver Island. We were honoured to welcome back several alumni, three of whom have competed at the national championships and are still playing at an elite level: Bransten Ming ’15 (Lonsdale’s), Ryan Picken ’17 (Lonsdale’s), and Michael Mehl ’18 (Ripley’s).
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  • Announcing the Kingstone Invitational

    Shawnigan is excited to announce the inaugural Kingstone Invitational girls’ ice hockey tournament, coming to the School this fall.
    The tournament is named in honour of Jo-Anne Kingstone, who worked at Shawnigan from 2004 to 2013 and was the first female Deputy Head in the history of the School. She is remembered with great admiration and respect for her promotion and support of female voice in the student and staff communities, her dedication to delivering a genuine co-educational model at Shawnigan, and for her inspiring leadership.
    Jo-Anne’s husband, Jim, also taught at the School from 2004 to 2014, serving as Head of English and Head of University Counselling. Her two children graduated from the Shawnigan, Sarah in 2007 and Ben in 2008.
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We acknowledge with respect the Coast Salish Peoples on whose traditional lands and waterways we live, learn and play. We are grateful for the opportunity to share in this beautiful region, and we aspire to healthy and respectful relationships with those who have lived on and cared for these lands for millennia.