The Gladiator Athletics programme is an integral part of the educational experience at our school. A healthy body/mind balance is one of the The York School’s core values across curricular and co-curricular life. Our athletes in the middle school fall into the “Learn to Train” stage of athletic development aligning with Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development Plan.
We are committed to helping students achieve excellence and balance as student-athletes. And we also “play big." Our commitment to sports is reflected in our diverse offerings, widespread participation and level of competitive success (28 CISAA championships since 2014). Many of our teams play in CISAA divisions that are above our school’s population designation (e.g. U13 Boys Division 1 CISAA championship in 2019)!
All of our student-athletes have access to outstanding facilities that include a double gymnasium (Middle & Senior School), a small turf soccer pitch (Middle & Senior School), an indoor 100-metre track and a newly opened Gladiator Fitness Centre with a certified strength and conditioning coach. We also make generous use of the ravines and parks in our neighbourhood for everything from cross-country running to ultimate frisbee.
Our Middle School programme offers a balance of competitive and recreational opportunities. Our students from Grades 6-8 are in the "Learning to Train” and “Training to Compete” phase of long-term athlete development. All of our teams train 3 times a week and have an appropriate competitive schedule. Athletes can choose from cross-country, soccer, basketball, volleyball, curling, badminton, softball, track and field for their athletic pursuits.
Middle School Athletes also have the opportunity to enjoy sport travel as our U13 boys' basketball teams and U14 basketball teams participate in various tournaments in Canada.
Director of Athletics