Island Insider: Around Victoria this week (June 26)

Rugby, lawn bowling, cycling, rock climbing and Island Summer Games

Kevin Knight loses the front steering on his car

Kevin Knight loses the front steering on his car

Tide, Tsunami win youth rugby championships

The South Island Tide won the recent boy’s U15 Provincial Rugby Championships held in Vancouver in dominating fashion.

In four games over two days the South Island Tide walked through the eight-team, U15 boy’s division, amassing a total of 139 points to zero for the gold medal.

The Island’s Tsunami won the girls U16 competition. The tournament was held at UBC.

This week a pair young students from Esquimalt attended a University of California in Los Angeles  rugby camp on bursaries.

Esquimalt High plans to launch a rugby academy for 2014 and the city donated the money to help cover airfare and accommodation for Grade 10 prop Colton Bottaro of Esquimalt High and towering Grade 8 lock Hunter Grant of L’Ecole Victor Brodeur.

Bowls fundraiser created for youth

The Victoria Lawn Bowling Club is preparing to host hundreds of young Canadians for the upcoming cystic fibrosis fundraiser, Lawn Summer Nights.

The event is created to build awareness among young adults, who are targeted by the fatal genetic illness of cystic fibrosis.

Lawn Summer Nights Victoria Runs every Thursday in July at 6 p.m., July 4, 11, 18t and 25.

Registration is $400 per team. Visit

Pacific Cycling taking new applications

The Pacific Cycling Centre and Russ Hay’s Bikes Development Program are taking new applications for 2013-2014. The program is halfway through its inaugural season of 2012-13 and with great success, as six of its products had podium performances at the B.C. Road Championships.

Men and women in under-17 and U19 categories will be identified, as will those under 23. Athletes in this program will be eligible to be part of Russ Hay’s/Accent Inns elite racing or development teams.

World champ to train at Boulders

World champion climber Sean McColl will be at the Boulders Climbing Gym on Monday (July 1) to work and train with Boulders climbers in advance of the Team Canada youth training camp, starting July 2.

McColl will work with an under-12 group from 10  to 11:30 a.m. on Monday and with the national team members from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Boulders is hosting the World Youth climbing Championships, Aug. 15 to 19.

Island summer games at Topaz

The 2013 Island Summer Games return to Topaz Park on Friday (June 29) and Saturday.

Games this year feature the 14th Harbour 3-on-3 Classic basketball game as well as soccer, slo-pitch, ball hockey, dodge ball and touch football tournaments.

DJ’s will spin music and there will be a beer garden, BBQ, exhibitors, awards, guest appearances and more.

The Games are for players of all skill levels and abilities and sports enthusiasts alike. Events run 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days.

Vike cracks men’s 800m track final

Eight members of the University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track competed at the Canadian Track and Field Championship in Moncton, N.B. from June 20 to 23.

Third year athlete Thomas Riva was the only Vike to qualify for the final event, making it into the 800-metre finals and finishing sixth overall with a time of 1:49.11.

Next for the Vikes is the 25th annual Victoria International Track Classic at UVic on July 5, part of the National Track League series.


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