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Canada’s women’s softball team players Kaleigh Rafter (left to right), Jenn Salling, Danielle Lawrie, Kelsey Harshman and Emma Entzminger celebrate their win over Mexico in the bronze medal game at the Tokyo Olympics in Yokohama, Japan. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

Saanich’s Emma Entzminger helps Canadian softball team win bronze at Tokyo Olympics

‘We did it’: Former White Rock Renegades Danielle Lawrie and Sara Groenewegen pitch Canada to win over Mexico

Victoria HarbourCats super fan Helen Edwards, right, poses for a photo in 2019 with player Parker Bramlett. Edwards recently purchased six 2022 HarbourCats season tickets and donated them to three charities as a way of sharing her love for baseball. (Photo Christian J. Stewart/Victoria HarbourCats)

Three Victoria charities receive season tickets from HarbourCats fan

Long-time season ticket holder wanted to support team, share her love for baseball

Sixty athletes selected as 2021 Save-On-Foods Fueling Sport ambassadors. (Black Press Media graphic)

Greater Victoria-based athletes named to Save-On-Foods fueling sport initiative

60 athletes selected for nutrition initiative from hundreds of applicants

Victoria Royals defenceman Gannon Laroque was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the fourth round of the NHL entry draft on July 24. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Royals/ Twitter)

Victoria Royals defenceman drafted by San Jose Sharks

Gannon Laroque was selected in the fourth round of the NHL’s entry draft

Victoria Royals defenceman Gannon Laroque was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the fourth round of the NHL entry draft on July 24. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Royals/ Twitter)
Calgary Hitmen defenceman and Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop became the first player under an NHL contract to come out as gay when he made the announcement on July 19. (Photo courtesy of Luke Prokop/ Twitter)

First openly gay, NHL-contracted player gained insight from Oak Bay agent

Nashville prospect Luke Prokop consulted Bayne Pettinger before coming out

Calgary Hitmen defenceman and Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop became the first player under an NHL contract to come out as gay when he made the announcement on July 19. (Photo courtesy of Luke Prokop/ Twitter)
The Trevor Purdy Memorial 3-on-3 basketball tournament is coming to Journey Middle School in August. (Pixabay.com)

3-on-3 basketball tournament coming to Sooke

Sooke Basketball Club hosting event on Aug. 7

The Trevor Purdy Memorial 3-on-3 basketball tournament is coming to Journey Middle School in August. (Pixabay.com)
Pamphinette Buisa (left), Canadian rugby sevens player, competes in her first-ever Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Rugby Canada)

Langford-based women’s sevens rugby team a unified force for Tokyo Olympics

Pamphinette Buisa makes Olympic dream a reality with Canadian side

Pamphinette Buisa (left), Canadian rugby sevens player, competes in her first-ever Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Rugby Canada)
18 University of Victoria Vikes athletes are on the roster to compete at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tokyo Olympics beckons 18 University of Victoria athletes

Vikes will represent Canada in rowing, rugby, field hockey and more

18 University of Victoria Vikes athletes are on the roster to compete at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lucas Hammond has been living in Victoria for about a decade after moving from Toronto to play on Canada’s rugby sevens team. He and the team make their Olympic debut on July 26. (Photo Courtesy of Rugby Canada)

Lifelong dream to be realized with Olympic rugby debut

Victoria’s Lucas Hammond honoured to wear the maple leaf

Lucas Hammond has been living in Victoria for about a decade after moving from Toronto to play on Canada’s rugby sevens team. He and the team make their Olympic debut on July 26. (Photo Courtesy of Rugby Canada)
Saanich Commonwealth Place has seen many Olympians through their doors and Canada’s Artistic Swimming team will be hosted there from July 17-25 by Victoria Synchro. (Natation Artistique Canada Artistic Swimming/Facebook)

Saanich Commonwealth Place hosting Canada’s artistic swim team for pre-Games camp

Local club Victoria Synchro anticipates opportunity for young athletes to connect with Olympians

Saanich Commonwealth Place has seen many Olympians through their doors and Canada’s Artistic Swimming team will be hosted there from July 17-25 by Victoria Synchro. (Natation Artistique Canada Artistic Swimming/Facebook)
The Abbotsford Canucks are going with Johnny Canuck as the team’s primary logo.

With logo reveal complete, Abbotsford Canucks GM Ryan Johnson turns attention to hockey

Johnson said it’s been a busy summer relocating from New York, but he’s ready to build the roster

The Abbotsford Canucks are going with Johnny Canuck as the team’s primary logo.
Shane McGuire, a member of the 2017 Victoria HarbourCats team, was selected 278th overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2021 MLB draft. (Photo courtesy of Victoria HarbourCats)

Six former Victoria HarbourCats chosen in MLB draft

Each played with the team sometime between 2017 to 2019

Shane McGuire, a member of the 2017 Victoria HarbourCats team, was selected 278th overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2021 MLB draft. (Photo courtesy of Victoria HarbourCats)
Team president Craig Briere at the podium during the introductory press conference for the BCFC's seventh squad, the Prince George Kodiaks. (Facebook photo)

BC Football Conference conditionally approves new team in Prince George

The Kodiaks would begin play in 2022 and be the junior football league’s seventh franchise

Team president Craig Briere at the podium during the introductory press conference for the BCFC's seventh squad, the Prince George Kodiaks. (Facebook photo)
Sooke Stealers U14 girls fastball team celebrating their gold medal win at the provincial championships in Abbotsford, July 11. (Contributed/Dawn Riddell)

Sooke Stealers fastball win gold at provincials

The U14 girls team got better with every game

Sooke Stealers U14 girls fastball team celebrating their gold medal win at the provincial championships in Abbotsford, July 11. (Contributed/Dawn Riddell)
Greater Victoria golfers James Swan, Jack Rothwell, Craig Doell earned places in next month’s U.S. Amateur Championship. (Courtesy BC Golf)

3 Greater Victoria golfers earn spots at U.S. Amateur at Oak Bay event

U.S. Amateur Championship runs Aug. 9 to 15 at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania

Greater Victoria golfers James Swan, Jack Rothwell, Craig Doell earned places in next month’s U.S. Amateur Championship. (Courtesy BC Golf)
Sooke’s U14 C division girls’ fastball team hosted a bottle drive to raise money for their trip to provincials in Abbotsford. L-R Madison Riddell, Hannah Gillie, Charlotte Prill, Danika Gant, Lily Woodruff, and Bre Baker. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Sooke’s U-14 girls fastball team covering the bases for trip to provincials

C-division team raising funds for trip to Abbotsford following a perfect season

Sooke’s U14 C division girls’ fastball team hosted a bottle drive to raise money for their trip to provincials in Abbotsford. L-R Madison Riddell, Hannah Gillie, Charlotte Prill, Danika Gant, Lily Woodruff, and Bre Baker. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Canada’s RJ Barrett looks to shoot past China’s Zijie Shen during the first half of FIBA Men’s Olympic Qualifying basketball action at Memorial Arena in Victoria, B.C., on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Canada vies for finals berth at Olympic qualifier in Victoria Saturday

Tip off is at 1:05 p.m. at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

Canada’s RJ Barrett looks to shoot past China’s Zijie Shen during the first half of FIBA Men’s Olympic Qualifying basketball action at Memorial Arena in Victoria, B.C., on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Amid its second straight cancelled West Coast League season, the Victoria HarbourCats are hoping the recently relaxed public gathering restrictions will allow them to play exhibition games this summer. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart/Victoria HarbourCats)

Victoria HarbourCats exploring possibility of exhibition ball games for late summer

Unable to assemble signed squad, HarbourCats may play other Canadian teams in West Coast League

Amid its second straight cancelled West Coast League season, the Victoria HarbourCats are hoping the recently relaxed public gathering restrictions will allow them to play exhibition games this summer. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart/Victoria HarbourCats)
The FIBA Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament takes place at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria from June 29 to July 4. (Facebook/FIBA)

Olympic hoops qualifier tips off in Victoria arena Tuesday afternoon

Canada’s men look to qualify for first Summer Games since 2000, tournament runs June 29 to July 4

The FIBA Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament takes place at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria from June 29 to July 4. (Facebook/FIBA)
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