Local Sports

Former Vernon Panthers football standout Ben Hladik of the UBC Thunderbirds (top, in a game against the Manitoba Bisons, <ins>making one of his 38 Canada West solo tackles in 2019</ins>), was chosen in Tuesday’s 2021 Canadian Football League draft. (Rich Lam - UBC Thunderbirds photo)

B.C. Lions call on Vernon standout in CFL draft

Canadian Football League club selects former VSS Panthers star Ben Hladik in third round of league draft

 

The Chilliwack Chiefs and Coquitlam Express will finally play games in early April as the BCHL squeezes in a shortened 20 game season. Just-announced provincial funding may help the junior A league offset financial losses caused by the COVID pandemic. (Darren Francis photo)

Province provides relief funding for amateur sport

The government is directing $15 million to teams/leagues impacted by the COVID pandemic

 

Nicolas Hay performs the Sepai kata he entered in Tbilisi Open Online Goju-Ryu Kata Tournament. (Michael Briones photo)

Parksville black belt tops online kata competition

Hay to teach karate at Qualicum Martial Arts dojo

 

Marc Sommer and Bev Anderson bat the ball around at Fuller Lake Park. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Vancouver Island-bound snowbirds settle for winter pickleball at home

Chemainus couple makes the most of conditions to keep playing the sport they love

Marc Sommer and Bev Anderson bat the ball around at Fuller Lake Park. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey executive has announced all games are cancelled until Dec. 1. (VIAHA logo)

COVID-19: Vancouver Island minor hockey cancels all games until December

“We have had an increasing number of teams who are reluctant to travel…”

Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey executive has announced all games are cancelled until Dec. 1. (VIAHA logo)
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‘Modified’ games, limited competitive play return as B.C.’s local sports enter Phase 3

Phase 3 will see sports divided into four categories based on the number and intensity of contact

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B.C. pledges $1.5M to help local groups return to sport; no date for competitive play

Feds will also provide $3.4M in funding for youth sports

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Oceanside Minor Softball is holding its first U19-U20 women’s league. (Michael Briones photo)
Oceanside Minor Softball is holding its first U19-U20 women’s league. (Michael Briones photo)
B.C. Paralympian named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

B.C. Paralympian named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Three-time world and Paralympic gold medalist Sonja Gaudet is part of 11-member class

B.C. Paralympian named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
Billy Buhler won the junior equipped 120 kg weight class at the 2020 CPU National Championships and earned a spot in the Canadian team that will compete at the world championship. (File photo)

Parksville’s Buhler sets national mark in powerlifting

Athlete earns spot on junior Canadian team

Billy Buhler won the junior equipped 120 kg weight class at the 2020 CPU National Championships and earned a spot in the Canadian team that will compete at the world championship. (File photo)
Qualicum Beach cyclist Luke Hubner pedals hard during competition at the Western Track Challenge at the Burnaby Velodrome, Jan. 17. (Filip Funk photo)

Qualicum Beach teen sprints to top in track cycling

Luke Hubner makes big strides in only six months in the sport

Qualicum Beach cyclist Luke Hubner pedals hard during competition at the Western Track Challenge at the Burnaby Velodrome, Jan. 17. (Filip Funk photo)