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Oceanside Youth Soccer hopes to have more girls playing during the fall season. (PQB News file photo)

PQB youth soccer organization sees decline in participation among girls

Drop-in night aims to boost numbers back to pre-COVID levls

Oceanside Youth Soccer hopes to have more girls playing during the fall season. (PQB News file photo)
Central Vancouver Island Rage show off the bronze medals they won at the Women’s D Softball BC Provincial Championships. (CVI Rage photo)
Central Vancouver Island Rage show off the bronze medals they won at the Women’s D Softball BC Provincial Championships. (CVI Rage photo)
BC Lions’ quarterback Michael Reilly, right, runs the ball as Calgary Stampeders’ Mike Rose closes in during first half CFL football action in Calgary, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
BC Lions’ quarterback Michael Reilly, right, runs the ball as Calgary Stampeders’ Mike Rose closes in during first half CFL football action in Calgary, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Cowichan Valley curling icon Glen Harper, seen here during the ceremony to rename the Duncan Curling Club’s building in his honour, died on Aug. 3 at the age of 92. (Citizen file)

Cowichan curling cornerstone Glen Harper dies

5-time provincial champion was integral part of Duncan Curling Club for decades

Cowichan Valley curling icon Glen Harper, seen here during the ceremony to rename the Duncan Curling Club’s building in his honour, died on Aug. 3 at the age of 92. (Citizen file)
Parksville Royals, from left, Keitaro Adachi, Ethan Dean and Ryan Deagle were presented with awards in recognition of their outstanding performance this season. (Submitted photo)

Parksville Royals dole out awards for top players during 2021 baseball season

Trio recognized for performance, contributions to the team

Parksville Royals, from left, Keitaro Adachi, Ethan Dean and Ryan Deagle were presented with awards in recognition of their outstanding performance this season. (Submitted photo)
FILE - Persons portraying ghost player characters, similar to those in the film “Field of Dreams,” emerge from the cornfield at the “Field of Dreams” movie site in Dyersville, Iowa, in this undated file photo. Three decades after Kevin Costner’s character built a ballpark in a cornfield in the movie “Field of Dreams,” the iconic site in Dyersville, Iowa, prepares to host the state’s first Major League Baseball game at a built-for-the-moment stadium for the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Field of Dreams: Inspired by 1989 film, Major League Baseball makes Iowa debut

White Sox and Yankees play at a temporary venue built for about 8,000 fans in tiny Dyersville

FILE - Persons portraying ghost player characters, similar to those in the film “Field of Dreams,” emerge from the cornfield at the “Field of Dreams” movie site in Dyersville, Iowa, in this undated file photo. Three decades after Kevin Costner’s character built a ballpark in a cornfield in the movie “Field of Dreams,” the iconic site in Dyersville, Iowa, prepares to host the state’s first Major League Baseball game at a built-for-the-moment stadium for the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
Equipment manager Maeve Glass (top right) and head coach Bev Priestman (bottom right) – both Semiahmoo Peninsula residents – won Olympic gold with Canada’s national women’s soccer team in Tokyo last week. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld photo)

Being part of Canada’s Olympic-champion soccer team an ‘out-of-body experience’ for B.C. woman

South Surrey’s Maeve Glass has been equipment manager for national women’s team since 2008 Games

Equipment manager Maeve Glass (top right) and head coach Bev Priestman (bottom right) – both Semiahmoo Peninsula residents – won Olympic gold with Canada’s national women’s soccer team in Tokyo last week. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld photo)
Members of the Canadian women’s soccer team watch the flag rise after being presented with their gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on Friday August 6, 2021. The CBC is touting record-breaking digital audiences for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, while television viewership ranked it the most-watched network in Canada throughout the Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Frank Gunn

CBC nets record-breaking digital audiences for Tokyo Olympics

Meanwhile, CBC says 28 million viewers — 74 per cent of all Canadians — tuned in for its TV coverage

Members of the Canadian women’s soccer team watch the flag rise after being presented with their gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on Friday August 6, 2021. The CBC is touting record-breaking digital audiences for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, while television viewership ranked it the most-watched network in Canada throughout the Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Frank Gunn
Gold medalists Lisa Roman, Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski, Christine Roper, Andrea Proske, Susanne Grainger, Madison Mailey, Sydney Payne, Avalon Wasteneys and Kristen Kit of Canada pose during the medal ceremony for the women’s rowing eight final lat the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Recapping Tokyo 2020: Canada’s medal count hits 24

A review of the Canadian medallists in the recently completed Olympic Games

Gold medalists Lisa Roman, Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski, Christine Roper, Andrea Proske, Susanne Grainger, Madison Mailey, Sydney Payne, Avalon Wasteneys and Kristen Kit of Canada pose during the medal ceremony for the women’s rowing eight final lat the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga delivers a speech during a ceremony at Nagasaki Peace Park in Nagasaki, southern Japan Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Monday marked its 76th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan’s PM thanks people for safe Olympics during pandemic

Suga has been criticized as forcing the Games on a Japanese public that didn’t want them

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga delivers a speech during a ceremony at Nagasaki Peace Park in Nagasaki, southern Japan Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Monday marked its 76th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing. (Kyodo News via AP)
Leif Godberson down-climbing Uto Peak with Mount Sir Donald in the background. (Contributed-Eric Carter)

2 men, 14 peaks and 1 day: New limits reached by climbers in B.C.’s Rogers Pass

Eric Carter and Leif Godberson completed the collosol Horse Shoe Traverse in one day

Leif Godberson down-climbing Uto Peak with Mount Sir Donald in the background. (Contributed-Eric Carter)
Morningstar Golf Club is once again being highly regarded as a place golfers want to play. (Michael Briones photo)
Morningstar Golf Club is once again being highly regarded as a place golfers want to play. (Michael Briones photo)
Canada athletes pose for a photo during the closing ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Canadian athletes stay healthy and find success at Tokyo Olympics

The 24 total medals set a new standard for Canada in a non-boycotted Olympics

Canada athletes pose for a photo during the closing ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Gold medalist Kelsey Mitchell of Team Canada reacts during a medal ceremony for the track cycling women’s sprint race at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, in Izu, Japan. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Canadian track cyclist Kelsey Mitchell wins gold in women’s sprint

Kelsey Mitchell produced Canada’s 24th medal, which is the most at a non-boycotted Summer Olympic

Gold medalist Kelsey Mitchell of Team Canada reacts during a medal ceremony for the track cycling women’s sprint race at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, in Izu, Japan. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Damian Warner, of Canada, second from right, arrives during the closing ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Decathlete Warner named Canada’s closing flag-bearer at Tokyo Olympics

Warner won the country’s first ever decathlon gold medal

Damian Warner, of Canada, second from right, arrives during the closing ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Parksville Royals pitcher Anson McGorman shut out Victoria Mariners 2-0 at the B.C. Premier League Baseball Championships. (Michael Briones photo)
Parksville Royals pitcher Anson McGorman shut out Victoria Mariners 2-0 at the B.C. Premier League Baseball Championships. (Michael Briones photo)
Nanaimo’s Patrick Vellner competes at the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wis., over the August long weekend. (Photo courtesy CrossFit LLC/Duke Loren)

Vancouver Island man among ‘fittest on Earth’ after podium finish at CrossFit Games

Nanaimo’s Patrick Vellner places second of 38 competitors in international fitness sport competition

Nanaimo’s Patrick Vellner competes at the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wis., over the August long weekend. (Photo courtesy CrossFit LLC/Duke Loren)
Rower Avalon Wasteneys, from Campbell River, won gold with the the Canadian women’s eight at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo courtesy Avalon Wasteneys.

Gold medal-winning Vancouver Island Olympian still basking in the dream

Rower Avalon Wasteneys brings home gold from Tokyo 2020 games

Rower Avalon Wasteneys, from Campbell River, won gold with the the Canadian women’s eight at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo courtesy Avalon Wasteneys.
Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Marcus Murphy (20) gets tackled by BC Lions defensive lineman J.R Tavai (10) during the first half of CFL football action in Regina on Friday, August 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis

B.C. Lions stage furious comeback but drop CFL opener 33-29 to Roughriders

Saskatchewan jumped to 31-0 lead and hung on for win in Regina

Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Marcus Murphy (20) gets tackled by BC Lions defensive lineman J.R Tavai (10) during the first half of CFL football action in Regina on Friday, August 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
Canada’s Jayde Riviere (left) and Sweden’s Lina Hurtig battle for the ball in the extra time period during the women’s soccer gold medal game at the Tokyo Olympics in Yokohama, Japan on Friday, August 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada beats Sweden in penalties to win gold in women’s soccer

It’s the first-ever Olympic title for the Canadian women’s soccer team

Canada’s Jayde Riviere (left) and Sweden’s Lina Hurtig battle for the ball in the extra time period during the women’s soccer gold medal game at the Tokyo Olympics in Yokohama, Japan on Friday, August 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld