Ryan Atkinson tries to work his way aroung Nic Coleman

Ryan Atkinson tries to work his way aroung Nic Coleman

Langford teens make team B.C.

Four Greater Victoria youth, including three from Langford, head to San Diego, California on Jan. 3 with the Team BC U14 squad for lacrosse.

Four Greater Victoria youth, including three from Langford, head to San Diego, California on Jan. 3 with the Team BC U14 squad for lacrosse.

Grade 8 students Connor Wilson, Ryan Atkinson, Nic Coleman, all from Langford, and Owen Works of Victoria, are training with the provincial squad and will all compete at the Adrenaline High School Challenge.

It’s a new and tougher level of competition for most of the boys, who train every weekend on the Lower Mainland to get up to speed.

Most started in with the sport a couple of years ago with little knowledge of what it was or how it was played. Wilson and Works were prompted by a friend and found out they enjoyed the fast-paced, tough-as-nails sport. Atkinson had wanted to play since a youngster and started with box lacrosse. He now plays both variations.

Coleman was a hockey player who saw a group playing lacrosse one day and asked to try it out. It was love at first pass.

“I played once and I was hooked forever,” he said. “It’s fast paced and pretty aggressive.”

“It’s not a really big sport so it’s fun to try and make it bigger,” Atkinson said. “Kids in our school play now because of us.”

Now Wilson, Atkinson and Coleman play for the Victoria Field Lacrosse league, while Works plays for Pacific Rim Field Lacrosse. To get on the provincial team the boys tried out at an invitational main camp with about 45 players, with 18 ultimately selected.

With last season’s Victoria Shamrocks playoff run and more lacrosse being shown on TV, the boys say they’re getting a lot of joy watching the popularity of the sport grow.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Atkinson said. “When we started out hardly anyone knew what it was.”

The four players are now focused on raising money to help pay for their trip down to California. They figure they collectively need about $2,000 for gear, then airfare and accommodation on top of that.

They’re planning bottle drives and turning to local businesses in the hopes of finding sponsors, the names of which would be displayed on their bags. The first bottle drive is Dec. 21 at the Langford Rona. If any businesses can donate refundable bottles a weekly pickup can be arranged.

Once there they say moving the ball and picking the corners will be the key to success.

Anyone willing to sponsor the boys can contact Susan Atkinson at scroosa@live.ca or at 250-391-0676.

 

 

Just Posted

Red arrow shows the existing warehouse that is home to a variety of specialized equipment used by the Capital Region Emergency Services Telecommunications (CREST). The service provider is looking for a new home that will protect the equipment in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster. (Google Maps)
CREST telecoms look to find a post-seismic facility in Greater Victoria

The move will better protect equipment vital to its 50 emergency service clients across the CRD

A client and a staff member embark on an art project at Oak Bay United Church. (Christine van Reewyk/News Staff)
VIDEO: Oak Bay group of adults with developmental disabilities promotes community inclusivity

Victoria Community Connections moved to Oak Bay late last year

(Black Press Media file photo)
FRESH AND LOCAL: Greater Victoria farm markets ready to greet shoppers

A list of markets on the go this spring and summer, right into fall

Nathan Watts, a member of the Tseshaht First Nation near Port Alberni, shares his story of substance use, a perspective he said isn’t seen enough. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Watts)
Public shaming, hate perpetuates further substance use: UVic researcher

Longtime addict Nathan Watts offers a user’s perspective on substance use

Graeme Wright is the owner of Hullabaloo, a new ice cream and coffee food truck serving patrons at the Red Barn on West Saanich. (Photo by Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff).
VIDEO: Cool treats, warm bevvies a specialty for new Saanich food truck

Hullabaloo owner Graeme Wright passionate about blending green space with sustainability

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced it had located what are believed to be the remains of 215 children, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said he feels a connection with the former students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
2 sides of the same coin: Ex-foster kids identify with residential school survivors

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the child welfare system takes Indigenous children from their families

Nathan Watts, a member of the Tseshaht First Nation near Port Alberni, shares his story of substance use, a perspective he said isn’t seen enough. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Watts)
Public shaming, hate perpetuates further substance use: UVic researcher

Longtime addict Nathan Watts offers a user’s perspective on substance use

57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)
Condolences pour in for Kathy Richardson, Naramata’s 3rd homicide victim in recent weeks

Richardson was well liked in the community, a volunteer firefighter with a home-based salon

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
More than 75% of B.C. adults have 1st dose of COVID vaccine

The federal government has confirmed a boost in the Moderna vaccine will be coming later this month

Airport ground crew offload a plane carrying just under 300,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine which is developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
1st batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines won’t be released in Canada over quality concerns

The vaccines were quarantined in April before they were distributed to provinces

Terry Mazzei next to a truck after it was struck by lightning, with him inside, on Wednesday afternoon, June 9. He walked away from the incident without injury and the truck sustained only mild damage; a blown front tire and newly broken gas gauge. (Wendy Mazzei photo)
Vancouver Island man walks away unscathed after lightning strike

VIDEO: ‘We like to think that his dad was watching over him’

The rainbow flag flies beside the Canadian flag outside the University of the Fraser Valley’s Chilliwack campus on June 26, 2020. Monday, June 14, 2021 is Flag Day, and also June is Pride Month. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 13 to 19

Flag Day, Garbage Man Day, International Panic Day all coming up this week

Most Read