It's 7:00 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and the sounds of sneakers on the floor and athletes calling for the ball drift out from the Sandy Heard Sports Centre. It's not just any normal Tuesday, it's the first day of school in September and the gym is filled with about 30 students working hard and having fun together for volleyball team tryouts, before classes have even started.
"...for me it was an ideal setting...The lessons I learned from the faculty, the athletics, and the OE trips have been invaluable. The friendships I made will last a lifetime." - Craig Adams '95, retired NHL hockey player
At STS, we encourage each student to develop a life-long love of physical activity. Team and individual sports are available outside of regular physical education class because we believe in the intrinsic rewards of athletics – at all levels.
Successes and failures in all kinds of situations, including athletics, develop character. We focus on the values of sportsmanship and co-operation, along with perseverance towards individual and common goals.
Participation in athletics at STS is wide-ranging and promotes many skills and interests. Opportunities include taking on the roles of captains or managers of teams, or working as student coaches, referees and officials. Students can also organize and run specific athletic events under the supervision of the Athletic Council.
As a result of COVID-19, we have found creative ways to continue offering outstanding athletic experiences to our students. This includes practices and online and/or in-person leadership training through Athletic Council sessions with the guidance of Alberta Health Services.
Outside of direct participation in athletic activity, there are many other interesting ways to join, enjoy and contribute. We welcome students for:
- Photography and videography
- Research and journalism
- Promotion, and marketing
Mr. Ken Zelez
Director of Athletics
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From the Blog
Please join us in congratulating the Senior School Cross Country running team for their strong results as the Cross Country season came to an end this week.
The annual provincial golf tournament took place in Red Deer and Innisfail on Monday and Tuesday of last week.
STS hosted over 250 young basketball players and their coaches from independent schools across Canada. STS is the ONLY Canadian Accredited Independent School(CAIS) to host and billet these many athletes! It is a true testament to the strength of our community when we have well over 60 families open their homes to host these 11 and 12-year-old boys visiting our school. Almost one-third of our entire school faculty and staff were directly involved in this fabulous event.
We received some exciting news just before the holiday season from the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) that our Senior Varisty (SV) Boys Volleyball Team were awarded the Sportsmanship Banner for their performance at the 2A Provincial tournament!
The wide variety of co-curricular clubs and activities offered at STS allows students to discover their passions. This can definitely be said for athletics. Many students who choose athletics may do so to explore their abilities, compete and challenge themselves, but joining a sports team also fosters growth and development in character and leadership.
This past weekend the Senior Boys and Girls volleyball teams travelled to Camrose, AB to compete in the 2A Provincials tournament. The teams left on Wednesday afternoon and managed to get to the venue in time to have some practice time in the gym and then settle into their hotel rooms. Following the opening ceremonies the next morning, the boys got to work on their pool play. The Thursday games against Our Lady of Mount Pleasant (25-20, 25-22) and Immanuel Christian (25-20, 19-25, 15-6) were hard fought and we came out victorious. The day was followed by a beautiful banquet for all the players provided by the tournament organizers.
The Senior Varsity Girls Volleyball team successfully extended their season by winning the South Central Zone banner and advancing to Provincials, held for both the boys and girls teams in Camrose, Alberta.
On a wintery October 10, STS hosted the South Central Zone Cross-Country meet, welcoming over 900 runners to our campus. It was a competitive day of running and the Spartans came out with their usual tenacity and grit to take on the challenging conditions. Notable top ten finishes came from Konrad K. ’19 placing 4th in the Senior Boys race, Kiyan S. ’21 and Ethan H. ’21 placing 5th and 6th respectively in the Junior Boys race, and Cooper P. ’20 and Bishneet S. ’20 placing 6th and 8th respectively in the Intermediate Boys race.