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Andrew Swan, MLA Minto
May 19, 2010

Sargent Park School Sports Teams

Madam Deputy Speaker, it's a privilege to represent Sargent Park School, a West End hotbed of basketball. Sargent Park School won four Winnipeg School Division championships and three provincial school championships this season. In fact, the junior girls team has won the provincial championship three years in a row. The Sargent Park Flames are hardworking, quick, agile and a force on the court.

This school of 900 elementary and junior high students is home to 14 official sports teams, with more than 150 participating students. These student athletes deserve special congratulations for all their hours of practice, as do the families and the community which have supported them in their success along the way. The biggest challenge now is finding room for all of the banners, pennants and flags Sargent Park teams have won.

Team sports in schools provide our youth with a fantastic opportunity to improve their athletic skills, get in shape, learn discipline and teamwork, and have fun playing alongside their peers. They also allow students to get to know their teachers. Thirty?seven Sargent Park staff give their time outside of regular school hours for the teams. Many others support their athletes by driving them to tournaments and supervising games. I would like to thank the tremendous staff at Sargent Park for their faith in and commitment to their students.

In particular, I want to recognize teacher Larry Marquardson, who's supported student athletics at Sargent Park School for a long time. He's truly made a kind, caring and positive impression on so many young people through the years.

Madam Deputy Speaker, school sports can be an important part of our students' school experience. The successes of the students, staff and administration at Sargent Park School demonstrates the great capacity in our public schools, and I wish the Flames many more victories in the future. Thank you.