Commonwealth Games

Indigenous community members, international delegates and Victoria Forum organizers sit for a photo next to a hand-carved paddle, designed by Darlene Gait of Esquimalt (Xwsepsum) Nation, inside the University of Victoria’s First Peoples House. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Greater Victoria First Nations look to sports for reconciliation

International declaration seeks to advance truth, respect, reconciliation through sport

 

Nanaimo’s Ethan Katzberg celebrates after finishing second in the hammer throw at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. (Athletics Canada photo)

Vancouver Island hammer thrower wins silver at Commonwealth Games

Ethan Katzberg’s personal-best throw puts him on the podium in Birmingham, England

 

Andre De Grasse, of Canada, wins the final in the men’s 4x100-meter relay at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. Sprinter Andre De Grasse and decathlete Pierce LePage are among the top Canadian track and field stars who have withdrawn from competing at the upcoming Commonwealth Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP - Ashley Landis

De Grasse, Brown, Blake, LePage withdraw from Commonwealth Games following worlds

Athletes need time to recover and prepare, says Athletics Canada

Andre De Grasse, of Canada, wins the final in the men’s 4x100-meter relay at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. Sprinter Andre De Grasse and decathlete Pierce LePage are among the top Canadian track and field stars who have withdrawn from competing at the upcoming Commonwealth Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP - Ashley Landis
Team Canada makes their entrance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast for the opening ceremony (DetailsGroup photo).

61 B.C. athletes to represent Team Canada at 2022 Commonwealth games in Birmingham

2022 Commonwealth games have B.C. born athletes gearing up for competition

Team Canada makes their entrance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast for the opening ceremony (DetailsGroup photo).
Parksville para-swimmer Nicholas Bennett will compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. (Swimming Canada Facebook photo)

Vancouver Island swimmer to compete at 2022 Commonwealth Games in England

Ravensong Breakers product Nikolas Bennett is one of eight para-swimmers on Canadian team

Parksville para-swimmer Nicholas Bennett will compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. (Swimming Canada Facebook photo)
Opening ceremonies for the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria (University of Victoria photo)

Commonwealth, Invictus Games good for B.C. recovery, Horgan says

Commonwealth bid for 2026 proposes Victoria, Richmond venues

Opening ceremonies for the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria (University of Victoria photo)
Greater Victoria would be enriched by hosting Commonwealth Games

Greater Victoria would be enriched by hosting Commonwealth Games

Honourary board member from 1994 Games keen to support bid, unlike last time

  • Nov 7, 2017
Greater Victoria would be enriched by hosting Commonwealth Games
Medallists from the women’s 100-metre breastroke celebrate their podium finishes at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. A News reader writes that the impact on young Victoria athletes of hosting another Commonwealth Games in 2022 can’t be understated. Photo glasgow2014.com

More support for Victoria’s Commonwealth Games bid

Former UVic chancellor, construction company boss, says Games invaluable for youth

  • Oct 19, 2017
Medallists from the women’s 100-metre breastroke celebrate their podium finishes at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. A News reader writes that the impact on young Victoria athletes of hosting another Commonwealth Games in 2022 can’t be understated. Photo glasgow2014.com
It was hard to disguise 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics committee CEO John Furlong’s sense of satisfaction and national pride during his speech at the Games closing ceremonies. Furlong writes that while serious discussions must be had and tough decisions made before deciding to host an event like the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the long-term effects of hosting can be well worth the risks. Photo public domain

OPINION: 2010 Winter Games CEO fully behind Victoria’s Commonwealth Games bid

John Furlong sees opportunity as chance to continue building country’s stellar rep as event host

  • Oct 17, 2017
It was hard to disguise 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics committee CEO John Furlong’s sense of satisfaction and national pride during his speech at the Games closing ceremonies. Furlong writes that while serious discussions must be had and tough decisions made before deciding to host an event like the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the long-term effects of hosting can be well worth the risks. Photo public domain
Celebration scene from the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. Greater Victoria’s bid to host the 2022 Games is back on the table after the Commonwealth Games Federation extended the bid receipt deadline to Nov. 30. Photo Commonwealth Games Federation

Deadline extension for Games puts Victoria back in the ball game

Commonwealth Games Federation refuses Birmingham bid as ‘not fully compliant’

Celebration scene from the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. Greater Victoria’s bid to host the 2022 Games is back on the table after the Commonwealth Games Federation extended the bid receipt deadline to Nov. 30. Photo Commonwealth Games Federation
Saanich Commonwealth Place Pool receives much community use and is the training and competition site for the region’s high-level swimming and diving clubs.                                photo Courtesy Saanich Parks and Recreation

DAVID BLACK: Saanich Commonwealth Pool the site of many accomplishments

Long-term, varied use of facilities one of the keys to 2022 Commonwealth Games bid

  • Sep 21, 2017
Saanich Commonwealth Place Pool receives much community use and is the training and competition site for the region’s high-level swimming and diving clubs.                                photo Courtesy Saanich Parks and Recreation
(From left) Victoria-born brothers Geoff, Russ and Bruce Courtnall are collectively throwing their support behind the Victoria 2022 Commonwealth Games bid. YouTube

Victoria’s Courtnall brothers support Commonwealth Games bid

Opportunity to inspire residents to be more active, healthy and connected

  • Sep 17, 2017
(From left) Victoria-born brothers Geoff, Russ and Bruce Courtnall are collectively throwing their support behind the Victoria 2022 Commonwealth Games bid. YouTube
Young cyclists ride around the Juan de Fuca Velodrome, one of the legacies from the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Greater Victoria.  Black Press file photo

DAVID BLACK: Facilities and legacies a big part of 1994 Games

Similar additions to local recreation infrastructure possible with another Games in Victoria

  • Sep 14, 2017
Young cyclists ride around the Juan de Fuca Velodrome, one of the legacies from the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Greater Victoria.  Black Press file photo

Commonwealth Games benefits remain illusory

B.C. government right to decide against financially backing Victoria’s bid

  • Sep 11, 2017
The 2022 Commonwealth Games would help build $900 million worth of affordable housing for the region, says bid chair David Black. File photo

DAVID BLACK: More money for affordable housing in Victoria with Commonwealth Games bid

Applying for funding using the traditional route would yield far less, bid chair says

  • Sep 10, 2017
The 2022 Commonwealth Games would help build $900 million worth of affordable housing for the region, says bid chair David Black. File photo
Facilities such as the gymnasium at the Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence in Saanich could be funded more easily by hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games, says bid committee chair David Black. File photo

DAVID BLACK: Private citizens step up to cover potential Commonwealth Games cost overruns

Budgeting done conservatively; province, Greater Victoria municipalities would receive new revenues

  • Sep 7, 2017
Facilities such as the gymnasium at the Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence in Saanich could be funded more easily by hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games, says bid committee chair David Black. File photo
David Black speaks about Victoria’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Since B.C. Finance Minister Carole James rejected the funding request from the Games bid committee last month, the bid has new figures showing less risky financial scenarios for B.C. and local taxpayers. Arnold Lim/Black Press

New figures more rosy for Commonwealth Games bid in Victoria

Provincial commitment far less; municipalities stand to come out ahead: economic analysis

David Black speaks about Victoria’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Since B.C. Finance Minister Carole James rejected the funding request from the Games bid committee last month, the bid has new figures showing less risky financial scenarios for B.C. and local taxpayers. Arnold Lim/Black Press
Facilities such as Saanich Commonwealth Place were among the legacies of the last Commonwealth Games in Greater Victoria in 1994. Others could result from the current Games bid, says bid committee chair David Black. FILE PHOTO

DAVID BLACK: Greater Victoria’s 2022 Games bid fine-tuned, still alive

Reworked plan to be unveiled at home in advance of Commonwealth Games Federation submission

  • Sep 5, 2017
Facilities such as Saanich Commonwealth Place were among the legacies of the last Commonwealth Games in Greater Victoria in 1994. Others could result from the current Games bid, says bid committee chair David Black. FILE PHOTO
Staging the Commonwealth Games again in Victoria would have brought the community together in various ways, but organizers of the 2022 Games bid simply ran out of time to sell their good ideas to the public. Wikimedia Commons

EDITORIAL: Best of intentions not enough for Victoria’s Games bid

Plenty of good ideas and outcomes in plan, but buy-in from the masses lacking

  • Aug 29, 2017
Staging the Commonwealth Games again in Victoria would have brought the community together in various ways, but organizers of the 2022 Games bid simply ran out of time to sell their good ideas to the public. Wikimedia Commons
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