DECEMBER: Sooke’s Novice 3’s enjoyed a tremendous gold medal victory in the Victoria hockey classic tournament that wrapped up on Sunday, December 22. This group of joyful 7- and 8-year-old hockey enthusiasts, playing under the name of Dodge Caravan Kids, went undefeated with four consecutive wins.
Carl Scott, the head sensei of the Sooke Martial Arts Association places in the top ten in two categories, at his recent outing at the National Blackbelt League (NBL) Super Grands World Games, which happened in Charleston, South Carolina from December 26-31.
JANUARY: STARRs receive four awards at the 10K Cobble Hill run. The Sooke Trail and Road Runners (STARR) participated in their second of 2014 Frontrunners Island Race Series. This 10K Cobble Hill run took place on January 26, with a total of 577 runners crossing the mat. STARR had 10 runners competing in eight age groups, and ultimately picked up four awards. The top STARR performer was Amanda Johnston, running in the 35-39 category, who received a gold medal for her 40:38 finish time.
FEBRUARY: Roller Derby finds a home in Sooke spearheaded by Zea Guest who believes “roller Derby is empowering women of all ages, shapes and sizes.”
Wounded Warrior Run BC (WWRBC) to “help any Veteran in need as they transition to civilian life.”
For the first time ever EMCS Senior Boys’ basketball team won the City AAA Regular Season title. “To what do the boys owe their success? “Hard work, and the level of respect that they have for each other. They actually restrain from personal goals and strive for team success” said Coach Trevor Bligh.
MARCH: Sibling skaters Pilar and Leonardo Maekawa are doing, planning to skate in PyeongChang, South Korea, in 2018. Their training regiment keeps them busy, and it includes ice-time, gym-time, and dancing. It fills at least 30 hours of their week, when they are here. And, they have also travelled throughout the world to pursue their growth as figure skaters.
APRIL: The U15 and U16 boys came out with gold. U14 boys and U15 and U16 girls with silver. Many of the 28 games played went into penalty kicks but Sooke was spared the nail biting!
MAY: The Sooke Loggers fastpitch players entered their first seasonal tournament swinging explosively, and delivering decisively. They won the the 2014 Kelowna May Days tournament.
JUNE: The Sooke U14C fast pitch girls became the South Island Vancouver Island District Champions. They took the gold over Oak Bay in a final game that ended in Sooke’s favour, 16 to 8.
JULY: Sooke’s Atom Seahawks finish the year with a “Stellar” performance, lead by all-star quarterback Jared “man of” Steele. The final score was 32-0 for Sooke. The Atom boys measured their play, and when the game started to get rough, our young men got rougher and stood up for their teammates. Gagnon, Steele and Logan lead the way.
AUGUST: Three of our Sooke boys participate in the BC Summer games in the Lacrosse competition. The team made it through to the Bronze medal game and were successful in winning the Bronze medal game.
SEPTEMBER: The girls U16B team, The Sooke Sox, hosted and represented Vancouver Island on August 7 to 10 in Duncan B.C. It had been over 30 years since a girls’ team from Sooke had gone to Western Championships let alone host it here on the island!
OCTOBER: Cycling 1,100 kilometres, Tour de Rock journeyed from Port Alice and Port Hardy, all the way down to Victoria. The final tally earned was a stunning $1,154,776!!! Tour de Rock truly is Vancouver Island’s charity. You should all be incredibly proud of what you helped accomplish.
NOVEMBER: Only 13 years old, he delved into the BMX circuit only 3 years ago but he has leapt ahead of the competition in his brief foray with astonishing results. In order to make it in the Grand National Canadian BMX , he needed to compete and place in 3 races a day in Chiliwack. He finished first in each of his races. Brayden also placed first for 13 year olds and going into the nationals ranked 5th overall.
DECEMBER: Biking with our new mayor, Maja Tait, proved to be an outing made in heaven. Mayor Tait is a big fan of the recreational bliss that is one of Sooke’s major draws for locals and tourists alike. “Sooke’s natural assets lend itself well to activities like cycling. The hills and the trails provide excellent training infrastructure to all abilities. Its wonderful to see the bike park land a permanent home at Seaparc and to see programming options available for 2015” she said.