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Genevieve Lalonde pushes past Mariah Kelly in the last few metres to win the women’s 1500 metres at the Victoria Track Classic at Centennial Stadium on June 9. (Kevin Light/AthleticsCanada)

Victoria runners hit their stride at Track Classic

Olympic qualifier event held Wednesday night at University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium

Genevieve Lalonde pushes past Mariah Kelly in the last few metres to win the women’s 1500 metres at the Victoria Track Classic at Centennial Stadium on June 9. (Kevin Light/AthleticsCanada)
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BCHL designates Chilliwack as sole host of 2021 Showcase event

After one year in Chilliwack, the league intends to move the event around starting in 2022-23

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The First Shift program offered by the Sooke Minor Hockey Association hopes to become a launching point for young newcomers to the sport. (Metro Creative)

Sooke hosting First Shift hockey program

Hockey program for beginners starts in October

The First Shift program offered by the Sooke Minor Hockey Association hopes to become a launching point for young newcomers to the sport. (Metro Creative)
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BCHL takes another step towards eliminating fighting

The BCHL claims it will have the stiffest anti-fighting measures of any North American league

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The University of Victoria has appointed Jane Gumley as interim head coach of the women’s rowing team for the 2021-2022 season. (Courtesy of UVic)

UVic appoints interim women’s rowing coach

Former head coach Barney Williams resigned in April following lawsuit alleging verbal abuse

The University of Victoria has appointed Jane Gumley as interim head coach of the women’s rowing team for the 2021-2022 season. (Courtesy of UVic)
The Port Alberni Bombers of the VIJHL have hired Gaelan Patterson as their inaugural head coach and general manager. He will join the team in August 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

VIJHL: Expansion Port Alberni Bombers hire coach and GM

Saskatchewan coach excited to join city’s new Jr. B hockey team

The Port Alberni Bombers of the VIJHL have hired Gaelan Patterson as their inaugural head coach and general manager. He will join the team in August 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Victoria Track Classic on June 9 at UVic’s Centennial Stadium is one of the last chances for Greater Victoria athletes to qualify for the Olympics and Paralympic Games this summer in Tokyo. (Photo by Kevin Morris)

Greater Victoria runners close in on Olympic, Paralympic spots

Victoria Track Classic on June 9 at UVic can help solidify qualifying times

The Victoria Track Classic on June 9 at UVic’s Centennial Stadium is one of the last chances for Greater Victoria athletes to qualify for the Olympics and Paralympic Games this summer in Tokyo. (Photo by Kevin Morris)
A new dock will allow the Sooke Sailing Association to expand its summer offering to youth. (Contributed - Sooke Sailing Association)

Sailing association expanding youth programs

New dock system will soon be in operation at Sooke Bay Marine

A new dock will allow the Sooke Sailing Association to expand its summer offering to youth. (Contributed - Sooke Sailing Association)
The Royal Victoria Marathon returns to an in-person race in October with half-marathon and 8K events. (Black Press Media file photo)

Royal Victoria Marathon returns with in-person racing this fall

41st annual event sees half marathon, 8K race scheduled for Oct. 10

The Royal Victoria Marathon returns to an in-person race in October with half-marathon and 8K events. (Black Press Media file photo)
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Camosun College golf team locked out of Canadian competition

PACWEST pulls golf from conference lineup given an insufficient number of teams

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From left: June Hinshaw, Nancy Sermons, Susan DaFoe, and Carol Thompson hit the course at Bear Mountain for International Women’s Golf Day on June 1. (Michelle Cabana/Black Press Media)
From left: June Hinshaw, Nancy Sermons, Susan DaFoe, and Carol Thompson hit the course at Bear Mountain for International Women’s Golf Day on June 1. (Michelle Cabana/Black Press Media)
Donna Blackstock delivers the bowl while playing with John Cossom and Louise Mason at the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. A popular pastime in the community, club members are limited in group size, which increased to 26 people at a time starting this week. The number includes players, coaches and safety monitors and upped the time slots to 14 opportunities to play each week. Players must still register online and the schedule is subject to provincial health orders, which can change without notice. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Oak Bay lawn bowlers go maskless for first time in months

Club restricts access to guests, limits players, coaches onsite

Donna Blackstock delivers the bowl while playing with John Cossom and Louise Mason at the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. A popular pastime in the community, club members are limited in group size, which increased to 26 people at a time starting this week. The number includes players, coaches and safety monitors and upped the time slots to 14 opportunities to play each week. Players must still register online and the schedule is subject to provincial health orders, which can change without notice. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Losing weight, or more correctly fat, is necessary for more than half of our population, writes Sooke fitness guru Ron Cain. (Pixabay.com)

FITNESS: Why so many people fail at losing weight

Failing at weight loss is mostly about making common mistakes

  • May 31, 2021
Losing weight, or more correctly fat, is necessary for more than half of our population, writes Sooke fitness guru Ron Cain. (Pixabay.com)
Homegrown Tofino surfers Kalum Temple Bruhwiler and Mathea Olin with Surf Canada head coach Shannon Brown. (Submitted photo)
Homegrown Tofino surfers Kalum Temple Bruhwiler and Mathea Olin with Surf Canada head coach Shannon Brown. (Submitted photo)
The Canadian Collegiate eSports League will host its inaugural event on May 29. (Photo courtesy of CCEL/ Twitter)

University of Victoria to compete in collegiate eSports league’s inaugural event

UVic’s intramural coordinator Joni Richardson helped create the league

The Canadian Collegiate eSports League will host its inaugural event on May 29. (Photo courtesy of CCEL/ Twitter)
Yoga is one of the best forms of exercise we can take up to improve our health, writes Ron Cain. (Sara Jobling - Pixabay.com)

FITNESS: The hazards of yoga for old men

Long-term yoga training will significantly increase strength and flexibility

  • May 21, 2021
Yoga is one of the best forms of exercise we can take up to improve our health, writes Ron Cain. (Sara Jobling - Pixabay.com)
Former Victoria Royals captain Matthew Phillips (11) in action in a 2018 Western Hockey League against the Tri City Americans in Kennewick, Wash. Phillips played his first regular season NHL game on May 19 against Vancouver. (Black Press Media file photo)

Former Victoria Royals captain gets rookie treatment in NHL debut

The Calgary Flames’ Matthew Phillips was a scoring star during his time with the Royals

Former Victoria Royals captain Matthew Phillips (11) in action in a 2018 Western Hockey League against the Tri City Americans in Kennewick, Wash. Phillips played his first regular season NHL game on May 19 against Vancouver. (Black Press Media file photo)
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Twenty-two BCHL grads chasing Stanley Cup as NHL playoffs begin

The list includes Alex Newhook, getting his first taste of NHL playoffs with the Colorado Avalanche

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Junior rowers with the Victoria City Rowing Club, (left to right) Teagan Zecher, Eryn Whale, Hui-Lin Shan, Willow Tzonev, Quinn Parfitt and Stella Graham, won the Rowing Canada Aviron Row to Tokyo challenge and are looking forward to getting back in the crew boats after the pandemic. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Young Greater Victoria rowers find community during solitary training sessions

Rowers train virtually, social distanced at Elk Lake amid COVID-19 restrictions

Junior rowers with the Victoria City Rowing Club, (left to right) Teagan Zecher, Eryn Whale, Hui-Lin Shan, Willow Tzonev, Quinn Parfitt and Stella Graham, won the Rowing Canada Aviron Row to Tokyo challenge and are looking forward to getting back in the crew boats after the pandemic. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Hypertension or high blood pressure is known as the silent killer. (Pixabay.com)

FITNESS: High blood pressure – or how to avoid blowing a gasket

Unhealthy weight, food choices contribute to high blood pressure

  • May 13, 2021
Hypertension or high blood pressure is known as the silent killer. (Pixabay.com)