Congratulations to the Strathmore High School Spartans Cross Country team for winning the 3A Cross Country provincial championship for the first time in school history! The top 18 runners in six different categories (junior, intermediate and senior boys and girls) from zones advanced to provincials. It is the first time the Spartans have sent runners in all divisions.
Hanna Knop, a grade 11 international student brought her background in the triathlon with her to Strathmore High and was thrilled to join the cross country team. Hanna comes to us from Germany and a friend on her German triathlon team whose parents live here were the inspiration for her journey to Canada and Golden Hills International. Her coaches were equally thrilled that she shared her talents with the cross country team.
While two girls in the top 10 passed her at the finish line, Knop was thrilled with her effort and thrilled to be in Canada. Hanna told a Strathmore Times newspaper reporter, “I arrived a week before school started, so my host family took me to Vancouver and it is so beautiful there. The mountains remind me of Austria, but they are nicer here. The landscape and nature is so beautiful and I even saw a grizzly bear!”.
Congratulations Hanna, we’re delighted to have you as part of our international family!