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UBC football standouts Terrell Davis, Quinn van Gylswyk strut their stuff for CFL, NFL scouts

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    UBC Thunderbirds kicker Quinn Van Gylswyk kicks the game-winning field goal against the Montreal Carabins during the second half of the Vanier Cup final on Nov. 28, 2015 in Quebec City.

    By: Cam Tucker Metro Published on Wed Mar 30 2016

    When it comes to football, you can say Quinn van Gylswyk got a late start.

    It wasn’t until he was 18 years old, after he graduated from Spectrum Community School near Saanich, B.C., that he says he began playing the sport.

    Yet under the spring sun on a gorgeous Wednesday morning in Vancouver, van Gylswyk and teammate Terrell Davis had their ‘Pro Day’ – a work out session in front of scouts from the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts and B.C. Lions, and NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders – at Thunderbird Stadium at the UBC campus.

    Van Gylswyk, from Victoria, grew up playing soccer, but he credits his father with suggesting he play football after seeing the power he possessed in his kicking leg. The pressure that comes with the kicker position is something he says he thrives on.

    Does he allow himself to think about what life would be like if he didn’t get into football?

    “I’m not looking back to see what if I didn’t do this. I’m glad I took the chance,” said van Gylswyk, who played junior football for the Westshore Rebels before making the move to the UBC Thunderbirds in CIS.

    In the 2015 CIS championship game, van Gylswyk not only punted for an average of 41.2 yards (his season average was 43.3, which was seven yards more than the average of his opponents), but he was perfect on four field goal attempts, including the winner with no time remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter, giving UBC its first national title since 1997.

    “The feeling after I kicked that was … the best day of my life,” he said.

    After going 40 for 49 on field goal attempts this year, good for 81.6 per cent and his longest from 47 yards, van Gylswyk’s big boot has grabbed the attention of professional scouts, too.

    “He’s big for a kicker and punter,” said Geroy Simon, who is the Lions director of CIS scouting.

    “He’s got a big leg. The thing is coming out here, it’s a little bit different than the (CFL) combine. We’re kicking in the bubble at the combine so he couldn’t get the height and a lot of the distance on his kicks, so it’s good to come out here and see him in person. It just confirms some of the things we saw during the season.”

    Like most young players transitioning from college to pros, getting the most out of those raw skills on a consistent basis will be the key for van Gylswyk, said Simon.

    “He’s got the leg to kick as a pro.”

    Scouts also got a look at linebacker Terrell Davis, a graduate from Mt. Douglas Secondary in Victoria who also attended Arizona State University.

    Davis was originally a running back, but converted to another physically demanding position in linebacker on the defensive side of the ball, where he flourished with 63 individual tackles, 5.5 sacks and two interceptions this past season.

    “To be a running back, you’ve got to be pretty athletic and so the transition over to linebacker wasn’t too hard. It’s just learning the schemes and different techniques at the linebacker position that was difficult at the start,” said Davis.

    “Honestly, I just like hitting people on defence. It’s a lot easier giving the hits than taking the hits. You last a little bit longer in the league that way.”

    That versatility in his game could help his draft status, especially because those athletic abilities for the running back and linebacker positions could be used in special teams, as well, said Simon.

    “The saying in pro football is the more you can do keeps you on the team,” said Simon.

UBC Thunderbirds kicker Quinn Van Gylswyk kicks the game-winning field goal against the Montreal Carabins during the second half of the Vanier Cup final on Nov. 28, 2015 in Quebec City.

By: Cam Tucker Metro Published on Wed Mar 30 2016

When it comes to football, you can say Quinn van Gylswyk got a late start.

It wasn’t until he was 18 years old, after he graduated from Spectrum Community School near Saanich, B.C., that he says he began playing the sport.

Yet under the spring sun on a gorgeous Wednesday morning in Vancouver, van Gylswyk and teammate Terrell Davis had their ‘Pro Day’ – a work out session in front of scouts from the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts and B.C. Lions, and NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders – at Thunderbird Stadium at the UBC campus.

Van Gylswyk, from Victoria, grew up playing soccer, but he credits his father with suggesting he play football after seeing the power he possessed in his kicking leg. The pressure that comes with the kicker position is something he says he thrives on.

Does he allow himself to think about what life would be like if he didn’t get into football?

“I’m not looking back to see what if I didn’t do this. I’m glad I took the chance,” said van Gylswyk, who played junior football for the Westshore Rebels before making the move to the UBC Thunderbirds in CIS.

In the 2015 CIS championship game, van Gylswyk not only punted for an average of 41.2 yards (his season average was 43.3, which was seven yards more than the average of his opponents), but he was perfect on four field goal attempts, including the winner with no time remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter, giving UBC its first national title since 1997.

“The feeling after I kicked that was … the best day of my life,” he said.

After going 40 for 49 on field goal attempts this year, good for 81.6 per cent and his longest from 47 yards, van Gylswyk’s big boot has grabbed the attention of professional scouts, too.

“He’s big for a kicker and punter,” said Geroy Simon, who is the Lions director of CIS scouting.

“He’s got a big leg. The thing is coming out here, it’s a little bit different than the (CFL) combine. We’re kicking in the bubble at the combine so he couldn’t get the height and a lot of the distance on his kicks, so it’s good to come out here and see him in person. It just confirms some of the things we saw during the season.”

Like most young players transitioning from college to pros, getting the most out of those raw skills on a consistent basis will be the key for van Gylswyk, said Simon.

“He’s got the leg to kick as a pro.”

Scouts also got a look at linebacker Terrell Davis, a graduate from Mt. Douglas Secondary in Victoria who also attended Arizona State University.

Davis was originally a running back, but converted to another physically demanding position in linebacker on the defensive side of the ball, where he flourished with 63 individual tackles, 5.5 sacks and two interceptions this past season.

“To be a running back, you’ve got to be pretty athletic and so the transition over to linebacker wasn’t too hard. It’s just learning the schemes and different techniques at the linebacker position that was difficult at the start,” said Davis.

“Honestly, I just like hitting people on defence. It’s a lot easier giving the hits than taking the hits. You last a little bit longer in the league that way.”

That versatility in his game could help his draft status, especially because those athletic abilities for the running back and linebacker positions could be used in special teams, as well, said Simon.

“The saying in pro football is the more you can do keeps you on the team,” said Simon.

Spectrum Grad former SuperBowl winner returns home!

Golden homecoming

Eddie Murray, centre, presents the NFL’s Golden Football to the Spectrum Thunder during the first of two Spectrum Community School ceremonial assemblies on Wednesday at the school. Murray, who graduated from Spectrum in 1977, kicked three field goals in Super Bowl XXVIII and earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 1994 championship Dallas Cowboys. Murray retired in 1999 as the 16th highest scorer in NFL history. - Travis Paterson/News Staff

Eddie Murray, centre, presents the NFL’s Golden Football to the Spectrum Thunder during the first of two Spectrum Community School ceremonial assemblies on Wednesday at the school. Murray, who graduated from Spectrum in 1977, kicked three field goals in Super Bowl XXVIII and earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 1994 championship Dallas Cowboys. Murray retired in 1999 as the 16th highest scorer in NFL history.

— Image Credit: Travis Paterson/News Staff

Mountie Killed in Langford Spectrum Grad

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/const-sarah-beckett-a-mountie-and-a-mother-1.2225980

RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett always believed as a mother that whenever there was a police call about a child, she had to move quicker — do more.

That’s what the 32-year-old West Shore RCMP constable — killed early Tuesday when a pickup slammed into the driver’s side of her police cruiser — told Colwood’s Jen Warnock only weeks ago.

“She said that whenever she heard a call about a child in need, she always felt like she had to get there faster and had to do a little bit more because she’s a mom, too,” Warnock said Wednesday.

Beckett, a Spectrum Community School graduate, married in 2009 and has two young boys. The youngest was born in February 2014.

Beckett had been with the RCMP since 2005 and had returned to work from maternity leave in February 2015.

When Warnock heard the news about Beckett’s death Tuesday, she was heartbroken, like many others who left flowers at the West Shore detachment, signed condolence websites and donated money.

“My heart just sank,” she said.

But it hit Warnock harder than most, because only weeks ago, Beckett was in her living room, comforting Warnock’s youngest of three children.

Logan Warnock, 7, had walked away from Happy Valley Elementary School on March 1.

“When things get emotional for him, he just leaves. Unfortunately, he’s running away, but he’s running home to somewhere he feels safe,” Warnock said. “This was the second time.” The school called 911. The Warnocks’ home is about a 20-minute walk from the school.

Beckett responded to the emergency call with her partner, driving around in the vicinity of the Warnocks’ home, talking to passersby and a nearby road-construction crew. She then searched the area on foot with the young boy’s father, John.

Beckett found the boy hiding between his home and the neighbour’s, under a deck. The boy was emotional.

“She coaxed him to come out and come into the house and to sit down and have a talk about safety,” Warnock said.

It was a traumatic experience for her son that could have been worse if not handled with kid gloves.

“She was just really supportive and took the time to get down at our son’s level and to have a chat with him,” Warnock said.

“She got down on her knees, face to face with him, and introduced herself as Officer Sarah,” Warnock said. Her partner did the same.

“It didn’t make him feel scared,” Warnock said. “She treated him as a little person with valid feelings. She explained they were just there to help him be safe.”

The officer exhibited patience and understanding, Warnock said.

The little boy hasn’t run away from school since.

His mother can’t bear to tell him about Beckett’s death. “I don’t want him to know someone so supportive of him is gone and in such a tragic way.”

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Super Bowl ad gave Paul Becker the last laugh

Paul BeckerA chorus of “It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it” resounded after Paul Becker scored one of his hottest gigs in January.
The Victoria-born director, dancer and choreographer staged sexy end-zone sequences for a glossy Victoria’s Secret Super Bowl commercial that put a steamy spin on fantasy football.
“And you made fun of me for being a dancer!” Becker wrote in messages he texted to old high school friends along with photos of Victoria’s Secret models.
In the eye-catching commercial, Fox sportscaster Erin Andrews plays a coach encouraging five “Victoria’s Secret Angels” to “score more,” with the girls’ football plays choreographed like dance numbers.
It marked the start of another busy year for the grownup B-boy, who has come a long way since the days he performed with Kim Breiland’s Stages Dance Company.
The busy Los Angeles-based triple threat has since worked with stars including Ariane Grande, Michael Bublé, Ben Vereen, Liza Minnelli, Kristin Chenoweth, Miley Cyrus and The Muppets.
Becker has also frequently collaborated with his mentor Kenny Ortega, most recently on Disney’s Descendants, filmed here two years ago.
While the former Spectrum Community School student has received praise for his film and TV work that includes Twilight, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Mirror, Mirror and episodes of Once Upon a Time, he’s particularly pumped about finally making his feature-film directorial debut. Becker wrapped principal photography in New York last winter for Breaking Brooklyn, on which he was co-writer and choreographer.
Set in Brooklyn over Christmas, the dramatic feature focuses on a homeless 12-year-old aspiring tap dancer (Colin Critchley) and his rebellious older brother (Nathan Kress), who seek shelter in an old theatre. After meeting two forgotten Broadway legends played by Louis Gossett, Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman) and Vondie Curtis-Hall (Dreamgirls) who teach them old-school dance moves, they unite to save a Brooklyn landmark.
“We had a decent budget, which was good because I could execute some of the things I wanted, and I got phenomenal actors,” said Becker, who wrote the script with Rory Owen Delaney while living in Brooklyn.
While there is one big tap- dance number and a “great finale,” with some Broadway and hip-hop in the mix, Breaking Brooklyn isn’t a conventional movie musical.
“It’s more of a Billy Elliot-meets-The Pursuit of Happyness,” Becker said. “It’s more music-driven and it’s got heart. All the dance numbers have a story.”
Becker said the narrative shows how the wide-eyed young wannabe dancer unites these “old showmen who don’t talk to each other anymore and resurrects their careers, scene by scene.”
Gossett, Jr., who became a “father figure,” was “very supportive and great to work with,” Becker said. “I had always wanted to tell this story,” he said. “It came to me while I was riding the subway in Brooklyn. I wrote the first draft on the subway.”
While Breaking Brooklyn, due this Christmas, is in post-production, Becker is completing the screenplay for his next film, among other projects.
Descendants 2 is on the horizon, and he’s working with Neil Patrick Harris, who plays villainous Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events, the new Netflix series shooting in Vancouver.
“It’s pretty epic and the sets and everything are amazing. I’m just blown away by the artistry. And [Harris] is great to work with,” Becker said.
Becker also directed and co-choreographed the closing ceremonies for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, which featured Serena Ryder, Pitfull and Kanye West. “It was always a dream of mine to actually do a big games show,” Becker said. “There were 60,000 people in the stadium. It was nuts.”
Despite what the tabloids say about Kanye West, the outspoken rapper was great to work with, Becker said. “He was very collaborative and creative and a gentleman to everyone. That was my Kanye experience.” Becker also reunited with Sofia Carson, who played Evie in Descendants, on Disney Channel’s remake of Chris Columbus’s comedy Adventures in Babysitting. “It’s a movie I grew up with, so I was really excited to be involved,” Becker said.
Doing Descendants remains one of his most gratifying experiences, said Becker, who is returning to take part in a master class at St. Andrew’s Regional High School on April 17 at 1:45 p.m.
Becker will share industry insights and participate in a Q&A. Mark Samuels, a dancer in Descendants, will teach choreography from the film.
An open call for experienced dancers will be held for Becker’s future films. “I never get the chance to really teach and give back and see new talent, so it’s a good opportunity,” he said.
For details, go to paulbeckermasterclass.com or call Stages at 250-384-3267.

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Did you graduate in 2001 from Spectrum Community School?

Attention 2001 Grads: Welcome to the launch of the Spectrum Alumni Association and its web site. We are looking for a person from your year to be the class Social Moderator!

Spectrum-Hokie

Would you like to be your years Social Moderator? Click here

Here’s how it works: Each year has a  social moderator….basically an online moderator for their year. They reach out to other grads from their year, online through Facebook primarily, inviting them to check out their grad year and all of this site which has every Spectrum Community School year book since 1975, now digitized and online……being a social moderator very easy.

Wanna consider it? Here’s the basics things to know:

-The Alumni Society is real and is a registered society in the Province of BC. Here are the people behind the Society’s launch. Click here to read more.

-Being comfy with Facebook and having Facebook friends from your grad year, is important.

-We are all former Spectrum grads or former Spectrum staff and if you want to volunteer, we will help you with getting set up and teaching you the basics of the volunteer position.  We will make it simple…and easy.

Getting to know what to do  will take about 1 hour of your time to learn the basics.

We can meet you and perhaps 2 or 3 of you (bring a friend) at the school one evening for about 1 hour of all of our time and we will teach you how it works.

Contact us through these links. Message us through Facebook page. My name is John Graham and this here’s Dave Goossen.

There are no fees. The premise of the site and the society  is simple.

– to initiate projects which enhance the role of Spectrum in the community and support heritage efforts to maintain and share school history;

– to support and undertake class and school reunions and other milestone events which celebrate the school, its students, and the alumni;

– to communicate with Spectrum Alumni for the purposes of keeping them informed about the current activities of the school and providing a means for them to communicate with each other;

– to provide assistance to the school and its students through the granting of scholarships and bursaries and to support academic, fine arts, athletic, and vocational activities by offering the skills and expertise of alumni to enrich school programs; and

– to support fundraising activities and collect monies which generate tax receipts so that funds may be invested and spent for purposes beneficial to the school.

That’s the official reason for the existence of this Society. The unofficial benefit of that existence is it gives us “Former Spectrum Hokies” a place uniquely ours, where we can create a very unique, Spectrum online experience.

A place online where you can share you current pictures, old pictures you have from back in the day, post stories that have meaning to other ex-Spectrumites and rekindle and reconnect friendships that still mean so much even though you may not had the time to keep that connection….connected.

Is this you?

If you want to know more…please reach out to John Graham or Dave Goossen. Send us a message us on the Spectrum Alumni Facebook page. Thanks

 

 

 

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1988 Graduate? Spectrum School Alumni Association Needs You.

Attention 1988 Grads: Welcome to the launch of the Spectrum Alumni Association and its web site. We are looking for a person from your year to be the class Social Moderator!

Spectrum-Hokie

Would you like to be your years Social Moderator? Click here

Here’s how it works: Each year has a  social moderator….basically an online moderator for their year. They reach out to other grads from their year, online through Facebook primarily, inviting them to check out their grad year and all of this site which has every Spectrum Community School year book since 1975, now digitized and online……being a social moderator very easy.

Wanna consider it? Here’s the basics things to know:

-The Alumni Society is real and is a registered society in the Province of BC. Here are the people behind the Society’s launch. Click here to read more.

-Being comfy with Facebook and having Facebook friends from your grad year, is important.

-We are all former Spectrum grads or former Spectrum staff and if you want to volunteer, we will help you with getting set up and teaching you the basics of the volunteer position.  We will make it simple…and easy.

Getting to know what to do  will take about 1 hour of your time to learn the basics.

We can meet you and perhaps 2 or 3 of you (bring a friend) at the school one evening for about 1 hour of all of our time and we will teach you how it works.

Contact us through these links. Message us through Facebook page. My name is John Graham and this here’s Dave Goossen.

There are no fees. The premise of the site and the society  is simple.

– to initiate projects which enhance the role of Spectrum in the community and support heritage efforts to maintain and share school history;

– to support and undertake class and school reunions and other milestone events which celebrate the school, its students, and the alumni;

– to communicate with Spectrum Alumni for the purposes of keeping them informed about the current activities of the school and providing a means for them to communicate with each other;

– to provide assistance to the school and its students through the granting of scholarships and bursaries and to support academic, fine arts, athletic, and vocational activities by offering the skills and expertise of alumni to enrich school programs; and

– to support fundraising activities and collect monies which generate tax receipts so that funds may be invested and spent for purposes beneficial to the school.

That’s the official reason for the existence of this Society. The unofficial benefit of that existence is it gives us “Former Spectrum Hokies” a place uniquely ours, where we can create a very unique, Spectrum online experience.

A place online where you can share you current pictures, old pictures you have from back in the day, post stories that have meaning to other ex-Spectrumites and rekindle and reconnect friendships that still mean so much even though you may not had the time to keep that connection….connected.

Is this you?

If you want to know more…please reach out to John Graham or Dave Goossen. Send us a message us on the Spectrum Alumni Facebook page. Thanks

Attention: All Grads and Spectrum Hokies!

Attention All Grads: Welcome to the launch of the Spectrum Alumni Association and its web site. We are looking for some people from each year to be the class Social Moderator!

Spectrum-Hokie

Would you like to be your years Social Moderator? Click here

Here’s how it works: Each year has a  social moderator….basically an online moderator for their year. They reach out to other grads from their year, online through Facebook primarily, inviting them to check out their grad year and all of this site which has every Spectrum Community School year book since 1975, now digitized and online……being a social moderator very easy.

Wanna consider it? Here’s the basics things to know:

-The Alumni Society is real and is a registered society in the Province of BC. Here are the people behind the Society’s launch. Click here to read more.

-Being comfy with Facebook and having Facebook friends from your grad year, is important.

-We are all former Spectrum grads or former Spectrum staff and if you want to volunteer, we will help you with getting set up and teaching you the basics of the volunteer position.  We will make it simple…and easy.

Getting to know what to do  will take about 1 hour of your time to learn the basics.

We can meet you and perhaps 2 or 3 of you (bring a friend) at the school one evening for about 1 hour of all of our time and we will teach you how it works.

Contact us through these links. Message us through Facebook page. My name is John Graham and this here’s Dave Goossen.

There are no fees. The premise of the site and the society  is simple.

– to initiate projects which enhance the role of Spectrum in the community and support heritage efforts to maintain and share school history;

– to support and undertake class and school reunions and other milestone events which celebrate the school, its students, and the alumni;

– to communicate with Spectrum Alumni for the purposes of keeping them informed about the current activities of the school and providing a means for them to communicate with each other;

– to provide assistance to the school and its students through the granting of scholarships and bursaries and to support academic, fine arts, athletic, and vocational activities by offering the skills and expertise of alumni to enrich school programs; and

– to support fundraising activities and collect monies which generate tax receipts so that funds may be invested and spent for purposes beneficial to the school.

That’s the official reason for the existence of this Society. The unofficial benefit of that existence is it gives us “Former Spectrum Hokies” a place uniquely ours, where we can create a very unique, Spectrum online experience.

A place online where you can share you current pictures, old pictures you have from back in the day, post stories that have meaning to other ex-Spectrumites and rekindle and reconnect friendships that still mean so much even though you may not had the time to keep that connection….connected.

Is this you?

If you want to know more…please reach out to John Graham or Dave Goossen. Send us a message us on the Spectrum Alumni Facebook page. Thanks