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The Cowichan Bulldogs’ Ben Wilson runs the 40-yard dash during the Vancouver Island football combine at McAdam Park on Oct. 24. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Vancouver Island football players meet in Cowichan for combine

48 players test their skills in bid for provincial programs

The ‘new normal’ for hockey parents in Chilliwack and elsewhere in B.C., watching their kids from outside of the arena due to COVID-19 protocols. (Submitted photo)

Chilliwack hockey parents petition to be let back in the arena

Refused access due to pandemic protocols, parents are now applying pressure to loosen the rules

The ‘new normal’ for hockey parents in Chilliwack and elsewhere in B.C., watching their kids from outside of the arena due to COVID-19 protocols. (Submitted photo)
Royal Bay principal Mike Huck is glad to see the partnership between his high school and the Pacific Football Club. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Pacific FC partners with Sooke School District soccer academies

Royal Bay, EMCS and Dunsmuir Middle students to receive professional training

Royal Bay principal Mike Huck is glad to see the partnership between his high school and the Pacific Football Club. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Wind and waves were part of the reason why the Sail Canada High Performance Team selected HMCS Quadra as the winter training base for Tokyo 2021. Photo by Ken Dool

National sailing team prepares for Olympics at Vancouver Island location

Sail Canada picks military facility at 19 Wing Comox for wind, waves and accommodations

Wind and waves were part of the reason why the Sail Canada High Performance Team selected HMCS Quadra as the winter training base for Tokyo 2021. Photo by Ken Dool
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Asher Brown of Port Alberni, 11, is making a name for himself in B.C. motocross action. He and his dad, Geoff Brown, started riding with Alberni Motocross Association (AVMX) at the same time. (DOUG FISK PHOTO)

Alberni Motocross signs new land deal with Mosaic

Land Use Agreement ensures continued motocross action on Cherry Creek track

Asher Brown of Port Alberni, 11, is making a name for himself in B.C. motocross action. He and his dad, Geoff Brown, started riding with Alberni Motocross Association (AVMX) at the same time. (DOUG FISK PHOTO)
Pitcher Ethan Dean has committed to the Victoria Golden Tide of the Canadian College Baseball Conference. (Michael Briones photo)
Pitcher Ethan Dean has committed to the Victoria Golden Tide of the Canadian College Baseball Conference. (Michael Briones photo)
Bill Kelly, general manager at Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community, has been named executive professional of the year by the PGA of BC. Scott Stanfield photo

Courtenay golf course, general manager earn PGA of BC awards

Crown Isle’s manager, facility honoured by the industry

Bill Kelly, general manager at Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community, has been named executive professional of the year by the PGA of BC. Scott Stanfield photo
Nanaimo Track and Field club member Olivia Lundman set a Canadian record in the U18 3,000-metre race walk event at meet in Kamloops this past weekend. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo Track and Field club member Olivia Lundman set a Canadian record in the U18 3,000-metre race walk event at meet in Kamloops this past weekend. (Photo submitted)
VIU Mariners coach Larry Stefanek. (Black Press file photo)

Parksville soccer coach Stefanek earns special national certification

VIU Mariners head coach one of 30 in Canada to complete program

VIU Mariners coach Larry Stefanek. (Black Press file photo)
An angler watches a salmon jump out of the water near Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)
An angler watches a salmon jump out of the water near Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)
More than 250 riders took part in the fifth annual Tripleshot CrossFondo, which riders across parts of the Saanich Peninsula, including this field near Sluggett Farms. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Tripleshot CrossFondo rides across Saanich Peninsula

More than 250 cyclists took part in mystery-course race

More than 250 riders took part in the fifth annual Tripleshot CrossFondo, which riders across parts of the Saanich Peninsula, including this field near Sluggett Farms. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sean Hayes displays the trophy and pro circuit plaque after winning Strongman Nationals in Quebec City. At left is his girlfriend, Kayla Russman-Walberg. Photo supplied

Courtenay strongman enters professional ranks of powerlifting

Sean Hayes wins strongman competition in Quebec City

Sean Hayes displays the trophy and pro circuit plaque after winning Strongman Nationals in Quebec City. At left is his girlfriend, Kayla Russman-Walberg. Photo supplied
It took a little bit of community fundraising to get the job done, but check out the beautiful new paint job on the Broughton Curling Club’s building. (Clint Fiske photo)

Port McNeill Curling Club will open for league play in November

‘We would welcome any of the players from Port Hardy to come down and join this season’

It took a little bit of community fundraising to get the job done, but check out the beautiful new paint job on the Broughton Curling Club’s building. (Clint Fiske photo)
Disc golf is an inexpensive activity that’s growing in popularity locally. Photo supplied

Vancouver Islanders giving disc golf a spin

Popularity of recreational sport growing in the Comox Valley

Disc golf is an inexpensive activity that’s growing in popularity locally. Photo supplied
Will Arquiett had 30 points in 53 games with the Caps last season. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Capitals continue making trades

Four players added in return for Arquiett and Morgan

Will Arquiett had 30 points in 53 games with the Caps last season. (Citizen file)
The 2020 City of Victoria Youth Poet Laureate Neko Smart will give up her seat for the next young poet in January. (Contributed/ Jeremy Loveday)

Nominations open for Victoria’s 2021 Youth Poet Laureate

Honourary one-year term reserved for region’s emerging poets

The 2020 City of Victoria Youth Poet Laureate Neko Smart will give up her seat for the next young poet in January. (Contributed/ Jeremy Loveday)
There will be no mass start as there was when nearly 300 participants took part in the 2019 Tripleshot Crossfondo, a race through the backcountry of Saanich and Central Saanich. The route changes each year and is only available for race day as it uses private property access not otherwise available. (Black Press Media file photo)

Cyclists ready for annual secret CrossFondo course

Cyclists will start in 30-second intervals for Saanich event

There will be no mass start as there was when nearly 300 participants took part in the 2019 Tripleshot Crossfondo, a race through the backcountry of Saanich and Central Saanich. The route changes each year and is only available for race day as it uses private property access not otherwise available. (Black Press Media file photo)
Five-time Canadian champion and two-time World Curling Champion Mary-Ann Arsenault was at the Parksville Curling Club recently practicing. (MIchael Briones photo)

Parksville Curling Club fall session now rocking

Former Canadian champion practices against junior team at PCC

Five-time Canadian champion and two-time World Curling Champion Mary-Ann Arsenault was at the Parksville Curling Club recently practicing. (MIchael Briones photo)