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LAU, WELNEW Tribal School, the site of the WSANEC School Board’s new community soccer pitch. (Google Maps)

WSANEC School Board to receive a new soccer pitch from Pacific FC

A new relationship between the board and football club will include sporting clinics for youth

LAU, WELNEW Tribal School, the site of the WSANEC School Board’s new community soccer pitch. (Google Maps)
Pacific FC shined in a historic win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in Langford on Aug. 26. They’ll now advance to the Canadian Championship quarterfinals. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Pacific FC shine in Langford with historic win over Vancouver Whitecaps

They now advance to the Canadian Championship quarterfinals

Pacific FC shined in a historic win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in Langford on Aug. 26. They’ll now advance to the Canadian Championship quarterfinals. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Steve Bishop, Barry DeVocht, Ken Bradley, John Launder, Phil Overhill, Joe Danyleyko, Buddy Dydra, Erick Wickheim, Chantal Wilson, Joy DeVocht, Elaine McMath and Gail Bishop will represent the Sooke in the two-day B.C. Horseshoe Pitching provincial championships. (Kevin :aird - Sooke News Mirror)

12 Sooke horseshoe pitchers head to B.C. championships in Abbotsford

It’s the biggest team Sooke has ever sent to the competition

Steve Bishop, Barry DeVocht, Ken Bradley, John Launder, Phil Overhill, Joe Danyleyko, Buddy Dydra, Erick Wickheim, Chantal Wilson, Joy DeVocht, Elaine McMath and Gail Bishop will represent the Sooke in the two-day B.C. Horseshoe Pitching provincial championships. (Kevin :aird - Sooke News Mirror)
Aubrey Oldham exits his boat to finish the final race of Rowing Canada Aviron’s national rowing beach sprint championship. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Greater Victoria beach hosts national rowing beach sprint competition

Competitors from Hamilton, Orillia, ON, and Nova Scotia will go on to represent Canada in Portugal

Aubrey Oldham exits his boat to finish the final race of Rowing Canada Aviron’s national rowing beach sprint championship. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
These are challenging times for the fitness industry, writes personal trainer Ron Cain. (Pixabay.com)

FITNESS: Is the fitness industry mortally wounded?

Fitness at home has exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Aug 21, 2021
These are challenging times for the fitness industry, writes personal trainer Ron Cain. (Pixabay.com)
U14 champ Owen Nguyen, right, and finalist Eric Wang at the Bear Mountain 5 Star junior championship on Aug. 20. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

B.C.’s best rally on the red-clay at junior tennis tournament in Langford

The Bear Mountain-hosted tournament for U12, U14 players runs from Aug. 18 to 22

U14 champ Owen Nguyen, right, and finalist Eric Wang at the Bear Mountain 5 Star junior championship on Aug. 20. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Jessica Tuomela (left) and her race guide, Marianne Hogan, at a Triathalon event in Spain in June 2021. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Tuomela)

Saanich triathlete leaves Saturday for Tokyo Paralympics

Jessica Tuomela will tackle 750-metre swim, 20km bike ride and 5k run

Jessica Tuomela (left) and her race guide, Marianne Hogan, at a Triathalon event in Spain in June 2021. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Tuomela)
Despite already appealing to many in Sooke, RC events and activities can only be put on with a proper track, says Vancouver Island RC Racers organizer Dan Pudwell. (Contributed - Dan Pudwell)

Remote-control car racetrack eyed for Sooke

Track will be constructed on West Coast Road farmland

Despite already appealing to many in Sooke, RC events and activities can only be put on with a proper track, says Vancouver Island RC Racers organizer Dan Pudwell. (Contributed - Dan Pudwell)
John Horwood at the Canadian National Championship in Calgary during the August long weekend. He won gold in jump and slalom, and silver in tricks and named overall national champion, just edging his brother out. (Johnny Hayward photo)
John Horwood at the Canadian National Championship in Calgary during the August long weekend. He won gold in jump and slalom, and silver in tricks and named overall national champion, just edging his brother out. (Johnny Hayward photo)
Former L.A. Dodger prospect Kyle Orr is part of an elite group of assistant coaches, announced Aug. 13. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Golden Tide)
Former L.A. Dodger prospect Kyle Orr is part of an elite group of assistant coaches, announced Aug. 13. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Golden Tide)
The Lake Cowichan Kraken and Kerry Park Islanders line up for a faceoff during an exhibition tournament at Lake Cowichan in August 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League ponders vaccine mandate

VIJHL governors will discuss the issue at an upcoming meeting

The Lake Cowichan Kraken and Kerry Park Islanders line up for a faceoff during an exhibition tournament at Lake Cowichan in August 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A good exercise program can improve heart rate and high cholesterol. (Pixabay.com)

FITNESS: It’s never too late to start an exercise program

Ron Cain | Contributed My Dad’s first stroke was at 56. By…

  • Aug 16, 2021
A good exercise program can improve heart rate and high cholesterol. (Pixabay.com)
Neither the BCHL nor PJHL have yet to decide whether COVID-19 vaccinations will be necessary to enter team’s arenas – such as South Surrey Arena, home of the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles – this coming hockey season. (File photo)

B.C. junior hockey leagues ‘weighing options’ about mandatory vaccinations for fans

Junior ‘B’ league will take cues from government, experts: PJHL commissioner

Neither the BCHL nor PJHL have yet to decide whether COVID-19 vaccinations will be necessary to enter team’s arenas – such as South Surrey Arena, home of the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles – this coming hockey season. (File photo)
Kimberley Dynamiters vs Columbia Valley. Kimberley Bulletin file

KIJHL will require all players, bench staff, officials to be fully vaccinated

Full vaccinations required before start of season; one dose before any training camps

Kimberley Dynamiters vs Columbia Valley. Kimberley Bulletin file
Victoria’s Alexander Gonin and Vancouver’s Matteo Banducci trailed behind the Romanian and German pairs, taking bronze at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Bulgaria on Sunday, Aug. 15	(Courtesy Victoria Rowing Club)

Victoria-Vancouver duo win bronze for Canada at World Rowing Junior Championships

Victoria resident Ellie Sousa also came 7th in the women’s quad event in Bulgaria

Victoria’s Alexander Gonin and Vancouver’s Matteo Banducci trailed behind the Romanian and German pairs, taking bronze at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Bulgaria on Sunday, Aug. 15	(Courtesy Victoria Rowing Club)
Goaltender Tyler Palmer in action for the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Palmer signed a standard player agreement with the Victoria Royals this week. (Courtesy of the Spruce Grove Saints)

Victoria Royals add to their goaltending ranks, signing Alberta netminder

Tyler Palmer comes to WHL club from the Alberta junior A league’s Spruce Grove Saints

Goaltender Tyler Palmer in action for the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Palmer signed a standard player agreement with the Victoria Royals this week. (Courtesy of the Spruce Grove Saints)
Bill Okell manoeuvres his MG Midget around a corner at Buttonwillow Speedway in Bakersfield, Calif. during a February 2020 race. Okell will be in Denver this month attempting to qualify for the Sports Car Club of America nationals in Indianapolis this fall. (Photo by Cali Photography)

Dream to race at Indianapolis one last time close to reality for Saanich driver

Bill Okell aims to be in the U.S. auto racing mecca this fall

Bill Okell manoeuvres his MG Midget around a corner at Buttonwillow Speedway in Bakersfield, Calif. during a February 2020 race. Okell will be in Denver this month attempting to qualify for the Sports Car Club of America nationals in Indianapolis this fall. (Photo by Cali Photography)
Greater Victoria athletic therapy students are partnering with the Victoria Golden Tide baseball team. (Photo courtesy Camosun College)

Students to help strike out pain, injury for Victoria Golden Tide

Camosun College athletic therapy students to assist the team in inaugural season

Greater Victoria athletic therapy students are partnering with the Victoria Golden Tide baseball team. (Photo courtesy Camosun College)
The Victoria HarbourCats baseball club has announced that all players, coaches, team staff and host families will have to be vaccinated from COVID-19 to be part of the organization. (News Bulletin file photo)

Victoria HarbourCats baseball club makes vaccines mandatory

All players, coaches, staff and host families will have to be fully immunized

The Victoria HarbourCats baseball club has announced that all players, coaches, team staff and host families will have to be vaccinated from COVID-19 to be part of the organization. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nate Clark, left, of the West Shore Bears drives in on an Oceanside defender during the Junior B club’s championship win July 31 at Archie Browning Sports Centre. The Bears won 14-3 to go undefeated for the season. (Photo by Paula Harris)

West Shore Bears wind up undefeated Jr. B lacrosse season

Bears won all six games, following an undefeated 2019 season

Nate Clark, left, of the West Shore Bears drives in on an Oceanside defender during the Junior B club’s championship win July 31 at Archie Browning Sports Centre. The Bears won 14-3 to go undefeated for the season. (Photo by Paula Harris)