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TASIS Winter Athletics Awards Announced

The 2021–2022 TASIS Varsity Badminton team had a dominant campaign and will be adding several banners to the walls of the Palestra—with the girls outlasting the field at the NISSA, SGIS, and ESC tournaments and the boys finishing second at NISSA and ESC—the short-handed swimming team fought its way to a third-place showing at the ICS Swimvitational, and the girls and boys basketball teams trained and competed hard all winter. See all the results from the 2021–2022 winter athletics season.

For the winter athletes, it was a thrill to simply have a chance to compete at all this season. Athletic Director Masa Yo ’04, who has tasted success as both a coach and an athlete on the TASIS playing fields, acknowledged this in his heartfelt remarks to open the Winter Athletics Banquet, which was held in Villa De Nobili on the evening of March 23. 

It has been about two years and two weeks since the world was surprised by Covid. In the world of sports, what we consider the winter sports season has had the biggest halt. In 2020, your end-of-season tournaments were canceled. In 2021, Switzerland enacted a rule that nobody above age 16 was able to play organized sports. In 2022, although we dealt with some cases, we managed to make it through a full season, and we are really happy to be able to honor that tonight. You winter athletes have shown great perseverance and dedication to your sport by not giving up even when you weren’t able to play a competitive game for more than two years. Thank you for being part of the TASIS Athletics Program, and I hope tonight gives you a way to celebrate this.

Video created by Associate Athletic Director Alex Zanecchia ’02

A few days later, Mr. Yo hosted a Winter Athletics Assembly in the Palestra and shared the video above with the full high school. Watch it to see highlights from the winter season, hear from the coaches, and learn who won the Most Valuable Player Award, Most Improved Player Award, and Coaches’ Award for the badminton, basketball, and swimming teams.

Congratulations to all the recipients, and thank you to Mr. Yo, Mr. Zanecchia, Athletic Intern Leon Berfelde, and the many dedicated coaches who kept sports alive at TASIS this winter in spite of the many challenges posed by the pandemic.

Varsity Badminton team

Varsity Girls Basketball team

Varsity Boys Basketball team

JV Boys Basketball team

Varsity swimmers in action


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