When it comes to athletics, Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) has faced competition from some of the biggest schools in the province and the results have been nothing short of amazing.
The 2018/2019 season at the Bluewater Athletics Association (BAA) championships saw SDSS athletes bring home 24 Gold Medals, 18 of them in Track & Field. Then, at the Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (CWOSSA) against some of the big schools, they brought home seven Golds, one Silver and one Bronze. Finally, at the Ontario Federation of School Athletics Association (OFSAA), two Gold medals were earned by Emily Bryce in Track & Field.
Bryce competed in the Jr. Girls Cross Country coming in 1st and then ran against 30 of the best in the Province in the Nike 3,000 metre invite and, again, came in 1st, bringing home two Gold medals.
Then, when it came to Curling, Sam Hastings lead his team to an undefeated season, the BAA Championship and on to the Nationals where they won the Canadian Jr. Boys Curling Championship.
Each year, athletes earn points for participation on school teams with extra points given for championship performances. Athletic Letters are given for achieving milestones: Jr. Letter – 15 points; Sr. Letter – 30 points; Honours Letter – 60 points and Master of Sport – 70 points.
Josie Berry did what has only been done twice before in the history of the school. She achieved the highest points of 73 earning her the Honours Athletic Letter.
Junior Athletic Winners: Monique Bouch, Natasha Burrows, Zoe Shave, Kaitlyn Ferguson, Taylor Legge, Emma Moore Molly Noel, Lauren MacDonald Allyah Ritchie, Grace Salmon; Ahmad Alibriham, Mike Allison, Braeden Griffiths, Sam Hastings, Lewis Hendry, Jayson Horseman, Jared Kerr, Conlan Kriza, Jamie Kuhl, Austin MacKinnon, Logan Lemke, Ethan MacKinnon, Zach McEwan, Connor McNeill, Matt Meuser, Brady Moulton, Jack Peevers, Sonny Pilon, Zaid Rafiq
While it is the hard work and commitment of the athletes, it is also due to the dedication and countless hours given by coaches, parents and volunteers that create an athletic program that excels like the one at Saugeen District Secondary School.