Chemainus Cougars sports teams would like to get their paws on some competition before the school year is done. (Photo by Don Bodger)

High school sports confined to intramurals

No competition between schools allowed yet

Terry Fox runs last week at least got some athletic adrenaline flowing among Chemainus Secondary School students.

The students were grouped by grades and there was no full assembly at the school to commemorate the legendary Marathon of Hope runner, but the same running route in the community was utilized, just with smaller numbers going at a time.

Each grade ran separately so the kids could run or walk with their learning group and not have to wear masks where physical distancing can’t be maintained, explained Chemainus Secondary’s athletic director Kim Magnan.

As for regular sports involving representative Cougar teams against other schools, that’s another story.

“BC School Sports is only allowing for intramural sports to be played at this point so we cannot play against other schools,” Magnan indicated.

An intramural badminton tournament got things going, with volleyball happening during November and December.

“We have structured the intramurals so that two grades can play each day,” Magnan noted. “We can drop the wall in the gym and keep the kids separate, as each of our grades is its own learning group.”

BC School Sports has been trying to get government approval to bring back inter-school play, according to Magnan, especially since almost all of the community sports are running, but to no avail so far.

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Cougars’ athletics at Chemainus Secondary School is being limited to intramurals for the time being. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Secondary School athletic director Kim Magnan at the scorers’ table during “normal” times last basketball season. (Photo by Don Bodger)

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