With International Women's Day coming up this Sunday, it is only appropriate to dedicate a news story to women in sport at the Vancouver School District.
As many high school basketball fans likely know, the Britannia Bruins Senior Girls AA basketball team won the provincial championship over Langley Christian Lightning this past Saturday, February 29.
Coaches Trevor Stokes, Mitra Tshan and Mike Evans say this is an incredible accomplishment for the Britannia Bruins. Beating out thousands of athletes, only one east Vancouver school has ever won the championship title and Britannia claimed that last weekend. The Britannia Bruins marked a historical moment for women's sports in the Vancouver School District with this championship title under their belts. The District congratulates the team on this incredible accomplishment.
For highlights from Saturday's game, check out theVarsity Letters re-cap.
Another notable moment for women's sports in the District dates back to June 2019. Patrick Lee, gym teacher and athletic director at John Oliver Secondary has coached basketball for the past 30 years. Lee's main focus over those years was dedicated to training female athletes.
On June 5, 2019, Lee was recognized as one of the top five recipients for the 2019 Vancouver Community Sport Champions by the City of Vancouver. The City provided a $5,000 grant directed to the Vancouver Secondary Schools' Athletic Association(VSSAA) to advance the goals of Lee's newly developed Vancouver Aces program.
Lee started the Vancouver Aces program, to provide female athletes with the opportunity to pursue their basketball aspirations at a low-cost entry level. The non-profit, community-based program is available for girls in Grades 6 to 11 wanting to enhance their basketball skills. This program also provides elementary school-aged girls with an opportunity to experience higher levels of training prior to high school.
How are you marking International Women's Day this year?