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SPORTS IN BRIEF: Oak Bay surfer second in Tofino; SMUS rower first with Stanford; Hesjedal's maglia rosa up for auction

Liz Fenje, St. Michaels University School grad, helped Stanford University
Liz Fenje, St. Michaels University School grad, helped Stanford University's lightweight women's eight win its third straight national championship.
— image credit: Ann Fenje

Oak Bay surfer second at the Stew

Oak Bay’s surfer-on-the-rise, Hanna Scott, placed second in the short board category of the Tofino Rip Curl Pro, June 9 and 10.

The event “evolved” to pro status this year from its former name, the Rip Curl Stew, which comes from the mix of swell stirred up in the waters of Cox Bay, where the competition is held.

Scott took home $500 for second, with the winner Leah Oke pocketing $1,500.

These days Scott lives full time in Tofino and works as an instructor. The 21-year-old recently won both the short- and long-board events at the Clean Water Classic in Westport, Wash., in May.

Sponsors keep Scott outfitted with new gear, but the Oak Bay High grad would like a little more money if she’s going to join the Association of Surfing Professionals, her family said.

Rower finishes first with Stanford women

Liz Fenje is an All-American rower for the second time in her Stanford University athletic career.

The St. Michaels University School grad helped her Stanford women’s lightweight eight boat to its third consecutive Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship (the IRA exists because the NCAA includes only a select few boats).

The 21-year-old is currently in London, Ont., trying to represent Canada at the under-23 world championships for the third time, in Lithuania in July.

Hesjedal’s maglia rosa up for charity

You can’t put a price on success, but you can sell a piece of it.

On Monday afternoon Ryder Hesjedal’s pink jersey from his Giro d’Italia win, known as the maglia rosa, stood at $4,450 on the Internet auction site Ebay. It was the 39th bid.

It’s the very first maglia rosa Hesjedal pulled on at the Giro, after Stage 7.

All proceeds will go to support up-and-coming cyclists in Canada and to promote the sport through the Ryders Cycling Society of Canada.

“It’s only slightly worn – although it is for a buyer who doesn’t mind champagne stains,” said Cody Graham, director of the Ryders society and friend of Hesjedal’s.

Bidding closes on June 20, exactly 10 days prior to the start of the Tour de France. Hesjedal will attempt to be the first cyclist since 1998 to win both the Giro and Tour in the same year.

“As I now begin to prepare for the Tour de France, I want to fuel that passion and interest in cycling – whether it’s recreationally or at the highest level of competition,” Hesjedal said.


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