Bishop Lloyd Middle School had its school track and field meet on May 12, bringing together their student population for a day of athletic activities at Lloydminster Comprehensive High School. While some students thrive on the competition, for others it is a day to enjoy being with their classmates and teachers.
“It brings the school together,” said Ryan Sklapsky, athletic director at Bishop Lloyd. “It’s a day to participate, get some fresh air and compete in the respected track and field events. Some kids thrive on competing, the pressures and the competition level, while others like to come, hang out with friends and cheer each other on.”
With strong athletes in the school, the Bishop Lloyd track and field meet is the first step for some in a longer track and field pursuit. Many will move on to the Lloydminster Comprehensive High School track team, while some already work with the Border City Sonics track and field club.
“We’ve sent some kids to provincials the last couple of years,” said Sklapsky. “It’s about giving them a chance to compete at the district level, compete at the provincial level and see where they rank against other students in their age class.”
For Sklapsky, it’s important to have these events at the middle school level in order to prepare kids for the next level of competition.
“When they get older it gets more competitive and the challenges with competing increase,” said Sklapsky. “That exposure and that chance to compete at this age introduces them to the competition with track and field and helps them when they get older in their high school career.”