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Canada West has officially cancelled all fall sports in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada West cancels fall sports due to COVID-19

B.C. student athletes at seven universities impacted by cancellation, more cancellations possible

Canada West has officially cancelled all fall sports in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saanich hockey player have to wait for Brick tourney

Players stay sharp with backyard ‘rink’

Point-guard lobs no-look, three-pointer for Oak Bay High video

Point-guard lobs no-look, three-pointer for Oak Bay High video

Trick-shot only took three times, says Oak Bay teen

Point-guard lobs no-look, three-pointer for Oak Bay High video
Local cyclist David Dallin rides through the frame of an old truck during the 2019 Tripleshot CrossFondo, a one-day event that uses private property to create a 40-kilometre course through Saanich and the Highlands. This piece of property was used during the one-day CrossFondo but will not be part of a permanent trail. A local advocacy group, the Nature Trails Society, hopes to create a permanent network of offroad trails throughout the Greater Victoria region. (Karen Hakkareinen Photo)

Group looks to create offroad trail network throughout Greater Victoria

Nature Trail Society partners with private landowners to make ‘loops’

Local cyclist David Dallin rides through the frame of an old truck during the 2019 Tripleshot CrossFondo, a one-day event that uses private property to create a 40-kilometre course through Saanich and the Highlands. This piece of property was used during the one-day CrossFondo but will not be part of a permanent trail. A local advocacy group, the Nature Trails Society, hopes to create a permanent network of offroad trails throughout the Greater Victoria region. (Karen Hakkareinen Photo)
Residents took to the Stadacona Park tennis courts Wednesday afternoon. Victoria opened its tennis courts on May 14 followed by Oak Bay and Saanich on May 21. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Back in action, sport courts reopen across Greater Victoria

Tennis, pickleball, skateboarding parks all reopen

Residents took to the Stadacona Park tennis courts Wednesday afternoon. Victoria opened its tennis courts on May 14 followed by Oak Bay and Saanich on May 21. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Maple Ridge Burrards Cole Porter (left) and Garrett McIntosh fend off Victoria Shamrocks offender Mike Triolo during action at the Q Centre in a previous season. (Black Press file photo)
Maple Ridge Burrards Cole Porter (left) and Garrett McIntosh fend off Victoria Shamrocks offender Mike Triolo during action at the Q Centre in a previous season. (Black Press file photo)
Recreation Oak Bay’s Henderson Golf Course. (Black Press Media file photo)

Golf returns Monday to Henderson Park, but ‘no high-fives’

Online booking only, bring your own clubs and scorecards

Recreation Oak Bay’s Henderson Golf Course. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Victoria HarbourCats mascot Harvey strikes a pose before a game at Royal Athletic Park in 2017. (Black Press Media file photo)

HarbourCats strike out on 2020 season

With some teams calling it due to COVID-19, West Coast League determined to play on

The Victoria HarbourCats mascot Harvey strikes a pose before a game at Royal Athletic Park in 2017. (Black Press Media file photo)
Juan de Fuca Whalers PeeWee A1 team has started a creative way to practise while in social isolation during COVID-19. Parents sent a video of their kids passing the ball to one another to demonstrate team spirit. (Courtesy of Candace White)

VIDEO: West Shore lacrosse team makes virtual practice video during COVID-19

‘Keep the sticks in your hands, keep practicing,” says team manager

Juan de Fuca Whalers PeeWee A1 team has started a creative way to practise while in social isolation during COVID-19. Parents sent a video of their kids passing the ball to one another to demonstrate team spirit. (Courtesy of Candace White)
After nine seasons with the Victoria Royals, the club has parted with general manager and president Cam Hope following the COVID-19 shortened Western Hockey League season. (Black Press Media file photo)

After nine seasons Royals move on from GM Hope

Victoria Royals thank outgoing general manager Cameron Hope

After nine seasons with the Victoria Royals, the club has parted with general manager and president Cam Hope following the COVID-19 shortened Western Hockey League season. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke’s DeMamiel Creek Golf Course set to open Friday

Sooke’s DeMamiel Creek Golf Course set to open Friday

New physical-distancing measures put in place

  • Apr 28, 2020
Sooke’s DeMamiel Creek Golf Course set to open Friday
Cameron Hope, president and general manager of the Victoria Royals, says WHL Bantam Draft selection Austin Zemlak has a bright future in the league. (Black Press Media file photo)

Royals pick up versatile defenceman during 2020 WHL Bantam Draft

Austin Zemlak was the Victoria Royals’ first pick and went ninth overall

Cameron Hope, president and general manager of the Victoria Royals, says WHL Bantam Draft selection Austin Zemlak has a bright future in the league. (Black Press Media file photo)
Anna Mollenhauer of the UVic Vikes national champion field hockey team is the Vikes 2020 womens athlete of the year. (APShutter.com/UVic Vikes)
Anna Mollenhauer of the UVic Vikes national champion field hockey team is the Vikes 2020 womens athlete of the year. (APShutter.com/UVic Vikes)
UVic Vikes swimmer Lauren Crisp on the podium at the U Sports national championships at Saanich Commonwealth Place in February, where the rookie our of Reynolds secondary won a silver and a bronze medal. (Armando Tura/UVic Vikes)

Saanich swimmer Lauren Crisp in running for rookie-of-the-year

Saanich swimmer Lauren Crisp, Oak Bay’s Diego Maffia in running for rookie-of-the-year

UVic Vikes swimmer Lauren Crisp on the podium at the U Sports national championships at Saanich Commonwealth Place in February, where the rookie our of Reynolds secondary won a silver and a bronze medal. (Armando Tura/UVic Vikes)
Shalie Dheensaw addresses Vikes players during U Sports play at CARSA in February. This week Dheensaw was named the interim coach of the UVic Vikes women’s basketball team for the 2020-2021 season. (Armando Tura/UVic Vikes)

UVic Vikes new basketball coach on the fast track

At 26, Shalie Dheensaw assumed head coaching role

Shalie Dheensaw addresses Vikes players during U Sports play at CARSA in February. This week Dheensaw was named the interim coach of the UVic Vikes women’s basketball team for the 2020-2021 season. (Armando Tura/UVic Vikes)
The Owen Sound Attack trainer speaks to fans during a Hockey FIT session in Owen Sound. (Photo courtesy of the Western University)

Innovative free fitness program targets Victoria Royals fans

Program shows impressive results during follow-ups with the men who participate

  • Mar 29, 2020
The Owen Sound Attack trainer speaks to fans during a Hockey FIT session in Owen Sound. (Photo courtesy of the Western University)
Ladysmith’s Olympian, Faith Knelson is focused on staying healthy for the 2021 Olympics (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island Olympic hopeful resets after hard-fought journey to Tokyo Games hits COVID-19 pothole

When Faith Knelson learned Canada withdrew from the Olympics she had ‘five million emotions at once’

Ladysmith’s Olympian, Faith Knelson is focused on staying healthy for the 2021 Olympics (Submitted photo)
Owen Klaassen, 13, in his Saanich home, talking to Sportsnet broadcaster Arash Madani on live video chat. Like Klaassen, the broadcasters also have some extra time on their hands as all sports, form the pro to community levels, are cancelled. (Tanya Twynstra Photo)

Gordon Head kid keeps career focus during pandemic

Sportsnet pros take time to talk to young broadcaster

Owen Klaassen, 13, in his Saanich home, talking to Sportsnet broadcaster Arash Madani on live video chat. Like Klaassen, the broadcasters also have some extra time on their hands as all sports, form the pro to community levels, are cancelled. (Tanya Twynstra Photo)
During what was the last game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League during the 2019-2020 season, Panthers Josh Lingard (#8) drives towards the Cougars’ net during last week’s 3-2 loss in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL)’s South Division playoff round. Hours later, the season ended after Hockey Canada cancelled all “sanctioned activities, including our national championships, until further notice, effective immediately.” (Gordon Lee/Submitted)

Peninsula Panthers won’t let COVID-19 define best winning season in history

General manager Pete Zubersky said the team will take an economic hit

During what was the last game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League during the 2019-2020 season, Panthers Josh Lingard (#8) drives towards the Cougars’ net during last week’s 3-2 loss in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL)’s South Division playoff round. Hours later, the season ended after Hockey Canada cancelled all “sanctioned activities, including our national championships, until further notice, effective immediately.” (Gordon Lee/Submitted)
St. Michaels University School’s rugby team lifts the 2020 Gareth Rees Boot following the team’s Boot Game win over Oak Bay on Thursday, March 12. (Kyle Slavin/St. Michaels University School)

PHOTOS: St. Mikes stifle Oak Bay to reclaim Gareth Rees Boot trophy

St. Mikes men, women sweep Oak Bay Barbarian rugby teams

St. Michaels University School’s rugby team lifts the 2020 Gareth Rees Boot following the team’s Boot Game win over Oak Bay on Thursday, March 12. (Kyle Slavin/St. Michaels University School)