Teamwork, physical competence, leadership, and a sense of ethics
At York House, we focus on the whole child. Teamwork, physical competence, leadership, and a sense of ethics are a few of the vital life skills that students learn through their participation in the YHS Athletics Program that is designed to support "Sport for Life".
In the Junior School, our students learn the fundamental skills of physical literacy with a focus on fun, general skill development (agility, balance, and coordination), and the ethics of sport. Students at this stage are far less concerned with competitive results and are motivated primarily by the desire to have fun, being with friends, and developing strong self-confidence. To reinforce this, we encourage our students to take part in a wide range of physical activities. As we aim for maximum participation from our Junior School students, there are no tryouts/cuts until Grade 7. Junior Tigers participate in championships and events held by the Independent School Elementary Association (ISEA).

In the Senior School, our athletes learn about sacrifice, self-discipline, and responsibility to their team. Playing for an athletics team empowers them and helps them become better leaders. Our program focuses on enabling regular physical activity as essential to supporting regular sleep, and enhancing mental health and overall physical development (muscular and cardiovascular). Regular activity and healthy lifestyle habits contribute to positive overall physical, emotional, and psychological development. Senior teams compete with schools in the Lower Mainland Independent Secondary School Athletic Association (LMISSAA), as well as with high schools all across the Province. Many of our Tigers go on to play CIS and NCAA athletics, and some have even gone on to compete in the Olympics.

Over 55% of our student body participates on our sports teams, but our commitment to athletics goes beyond playing on a team. We encourage all our students and staff to show their school spirit by getting involved, whether as a manager, official, coach, or a fan. Our goal is to instill pride in YHS athletics among the entire school community.

Our dedicated coaches bring it all together. Their passion for the game and the time they spend with our young athletes inspires our Yorkies to reach their goals and sometimes even pursue athletics beyond York House.

Our Philosophy

  • We believe that athletics play an important role in the development of individual character through team and personal competition.
  • By teaching our students to learn to train effectively and to compete, we commit to providing students with opportunities to achieve athletic excellence through organized sports.
  • We encourage healthy participation in competitive sports among all students.
  • We believe that athletics plays a positive role in the growth of confidence and self-esteem.
  • We expect commitment from students, coaches, and staff.
  • We recognize and value our athletic achievements and celebrate our successes.

Athletics Teams


Fall Season (September - October)
  • Gr. 3-7 Cross-Country
  • Gr. 5 Volleyball, Gr. 6 Volleyball, Gr. 7A Volleyball, Gr. 7B Volleyball
Winter Season (November - February)
  • Gr. 3-7 Swimming
  • Gr. 5 Basketball, Gr. 6 Basketball, Gr. 7A Basketball, Gr. 7B Basketball
Spring Season (March - May)
  • Gr. 3-7 Track & Field
  • Gr. 5/6 Ultimate, Gr. 7 Ultimate


Fall Season (September - November)
  • Gr. 8 Volleyball
  • Jr. Volleyball 
  • Sr. Volleyball
  • Sr. Cross-Country
  • Varsity Field Hockey
  • Jr. Field Hockey
  • Sr. Field Hockey
  • Sr. Swim Team
Winter Season (November - March)
  • Gr. 8 Basketball
  • Jr. Basketball
  • Sr. Basketball
  • Ski & Snowboard 
Spring Season (March - June)
  • Track & Field 
  • Jr. Ultimate Teams
  • Sr. Ultimate Teams
  • Jr. Soccer
  • Sr. Soccer
  • Badminton

Tigers' Successes

Junior Tigers

  • Cross-Country Running: ISEA Team Champions 1989, 1997, 1998
  • Swimming: ISEA Team Champions 1994, 1997, 2004
  • Track and Field: ISEA Team Champions 1985, 1989-92, 1994-97, 2002-03
  • Basketball (Grade 7): ISEA Champions 2010, 2017
  • Volleyball (Grade 7): ISEA Champions 2010

Senior Tigers

  • AA BC Champions 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011
  • AA BC Championships 2nd place 2007, 2008, 2009 and 3rd place in 2000
  • AAA BC Championships 2nd place 2012
  • AA Lower Mainland Champions 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • AAA Lower Mainland Champions 2012
  • LMISSGBA Sr. League Champions 1998, then 2002-2012
  • Jr. Basketball BC Championships 3rd place in 2009
  • AA BC 5th place in 2001, 6th place 2008, 4th place in 2014
  • AA Lower Mainland Champions 2000, 2014
  • Sr. ISA Champions 2012-2015
Field Hockey
  • AA BC 12th place 2008, 9th in BC 2012, 6th in BC 2015
Cross Country
  • BC Championship 3rd place 2005
Swimming & Water Polo
  • BC Champions 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2012
  • 2009 BC Championships 4 gold medals won by Laura Sze '11
  • 2014 BC Championships 4 gold medals won by Danielle Tognetti '13
  • Several BC Championship gold medal performances
Alpine Skiing
  • BC Alpine Ski Champions 2007, 2008, 2009, 
  • BC Championships 3rd place in 2009, 2nd place in 2010
  • Sr. BC Ultimate Disc Champions 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005
  • Jr. BC Disc Champions 2010, 2008
  • Jr. & Sr. Vancouver City Champions 2010
  • Sr. LMISSGSA League 2nd place 2010, 2017
  • Jr. LMISSGSA League Champions 2010
Track & Field
  • Several Tigers qualifying for BC Championships
  • 2011 BC Championship gold medal 4x400m relay