Cross-country: Vancouver amalgamation defeated

Pubic school coach "greatly relieved."

The province’s high school cross-country coaches voted Nov. 1 against amalgamating three zones to form a larger Lower Mainland zone.

Vancouver public and private schools will continue to compete in separate leagues, as will the zone that includes Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster. 

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The motion was widely opposed by public school coaches and supported by their private school counterparts.

Sean Dawson, the head coach at West Point Grey Academy and the representative for the independent zone, said he was disappointed but not surprised by the vote.

Paul Skarsgard, the Vancouver public school representative in the sport and a coach at Point Grey secondary, said he was “greatly relieved” with the decision. “It means that we can continue to offer a quality program to our Vancouver athletes in a sport that, like track and field, is perhaps the most inclusive sport available to students.”

The B.C. cross-country championship were held Nov. 2 in Aldergrove. Read results here.


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