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Members of Canada’s national rowing program gather for a photo with federal Minister of Sport Pascale St-Onge (centre, in pants), following a funding announcement July 5 benefiting grassroots rowing programs and the new national team training facility in the Cowichan Valley. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Rowing community on Vancouver Island welcomes restart funding

Funding coming for grassroots programs, national training centre infrastructure

Members of Canada’s national rowing program gather for a photo with federal Minister of Sport Pascale St-Onge (centre, in pants), following a funding announcement July 5 benefiting grassroots rowing programs and the new national team training facility in the Cowichan Valley. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The pool at West Shore Parks and Recreation will host Juan De Fuca Royals Swim Club’s swimathon fundraising event. (West Shore Parks and Recreation file photo)

Swimathon raising money for JDF swim club

Club president says they’re looking to expand and club gives another avenue with lessons fully booked

The pool at West Shore Parks and Recreation will host Juan De Fuca Royals Swim Club’s swimathon fundraising event. (West Shore Parks and Recreation file photo)
Terris Smith (pictured in 2019) is hoping she can push on from her strong performance at the Haringey Box Cup to wins at provincials and nationals next year. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. boxers knock out competition on international stage

Province won best team overall at Haringey Box Cup in London between June 17 and 19

Terris Smith (pictured in 2019) is hoping she can push on from her strong performance at the Haringey Box Cup to wins at provincials and nationals next year. (Black Press Media file photo)
A racer descends a steep slope Saturday (July 2) during the Live Like Jordie Enduro at Jordie Lunn Bike Park in Langford. The race, part of the Island Cup Enduro Series, was one of the events at the two-day-long Langford BikeFest. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Live Like Jordie Enduro takes over Langford MTB park

Saturday’s racing is part of Langford BikeFest, which continues Sunday

A racer descends a steep slope Saturday (July 2) during the Live Like Jordie Enduro at Jordie Lunn Bike Park in Langford. The race, part of the Island Cup Enduro Series, was one of the events at the two-day-long Langford BikeFest. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A rider catches air off a jump Saturday (July 2) during BMX Canada Nationals action hosted by the Greater Victoria BMX Association at West Shore Parks and Recreation in Colwood. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Hundreds flock to Colwood for BMX Canada Nationals

The three-day event was held by the Greater Victoria BMX Association

A rider catches air off a jump Saturday (July 2) during BMX Canada Nationals action hosted by the Greater Victoria BMX Association at West Shore Parks and Recreation in Colwood. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Team Canada’s Thomas Scrubb of Richmond, eyes up a shot during action against the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2021. FIBA Olympic qualifying men’s action is returning to Victoria at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on Aug. 25. (Courtesy Canada Basketball)

World cup basketball qualifier coming to Victoria this summer

The Aug. 25 game will see Team Canada play at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

Team Canada’s Thomas Scrubb of Richmond, eyes up a shot during action against the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2021. FIBA Olympic qualifying men’s action is returning to Victoria at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on Aug. 25. (Courtesy Canada Basketball)
Alejandro Diaz scored the game-tying goal against Cavalry FC at Starlight Stadium on June 30 in Canadian Premier League action. The game ended in a 3-3 tie. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)

Pacific FC tie Cavalry FC 3-3 in barnstormer

Six goals, two red cards and one point apiece

Alejandro Diaz scored the game-tying goal against Cavalry FC at Starlight Stadium on June 30 in Canadian Premier League action. The game ended in a 3-3 tie. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)
Kyle Besler, president of the Greater Victoria BMX Association. National-level races are returning to the track at West Shore Parks and Recreation on July 1, with the event running until July 3. (Black Press Media file photo)

National BMX event returns this long weekend to Colwood track

Three days of racing start on July 1 and are free to watch

Kyle Besler, president of the Greater Victoria BMX Association. National-level races are returning to the track at West Shore Parks and Recreation on July 1, with the event running until July 3. (Black Press Media file photo)
Colorado Avalanche centre Alex Newhook is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a regular-season goal in March. Newhook, a former Victoria Grizzlies star, won a Stanley Cup on Sunday with the Avs following a 2-1 win over two-time defending champion Tampa Bay. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Alex Newhook second former Victoria Grizzlies player in 3 years to hoist Stanley Cup

The pride of St. John’s, Colorado Avalanche centre joins Blues’ Bozak on short list

Colorado Avalanche centre Alex Newhook is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a regular-season goal in March. Newhook, a former Victoria Grizzlies star, won a Stanley Cup on Sunday with the Avs following a 2-1 win over two-time defending champion Tampa Bay. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Marco Bustos and Jamar Dixon try and head the ball home against Halifax Wanderers in Canadian Premier League action on June 25 at Starlight Stadium in Langford. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)

Pacific FC’s form continues to slide in loss to Halifax

PFC now sits second in the Canadian Premier League, but that position is at risk

Marco Bustos and Jamar Dixon try and head the ball home against Halifax Wanderers in Canadian Premier League action on June 25 at Starlight Stadium in Langford. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)
Sydney Payne competed with the Canadian team at World Cup 2 in Poland between June 16 and 19. (Kevin Light Photography/Courtesy Rowing Canada)

Victoria rowers part of Canadian finalists at rowing World Cup

UVic alumna Kirsten Edwards and Victoria-born Sydney Payne placed 6th with their crew

Sydney Payne competed with the Canadian team at World Cup 2 in Poland between June 16 and 19. (Kevin Light Photography/Courtesy Rowing Canada)
The Russ Urlacher Memorial Shield honours the legacy of the long-time local soccer player and coach. Sooke Celtic FC hosts Juan de Fuca All Flows in the inaugural game for the shield on June 26. (Contributed- Metro Creative)

Soccer friendly pays tribute to long-time coach

Sooke Celtic takes on Juan de Fuca on Saturday (June 25)

The Russ Urlacher Memorial Shield honours the legacy of the long-time local soccer player and coach. Sooke Celtic FC hosts Juan de Fuca All Flows in the inaugural game for the shield on June 26. (Contributed- Metro Creative)
About 50 Oak Bay High athletes made the trek to the provincial track and field competition in Langley June 9 to 11. (Courtesy Rich Fast)

Oak Bay High track and field team celebrates banner year

Young athletes earned two provincial titles during Langley competition

About 50 Oak Bay High athletes made the trek to the provincial track and field competition in Langley June 9 to 11. (Courtesy Rich Fast)
Pacific FC’s Alejandro Diaz hurdles a challenge from York United’s Diyaeddine Abzi during a match at Starlight Stadium on May 20. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)

Pacific FC drops out of first with tie against York

PFC drop below Cavalry in Canadian Premier League table

Pacific FC’s Alejandro Diaz hurdles a challenge from York United’s Diyaeddine Abzi during a match at Starlight Stadium on May 20. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)
The St. Michaels University School junior women’s coxed eights crew celebrates a gold-medal win earlier in June at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association national regatta in St. Catharines, Ont. (Courtesy SMUS)

Saanich high schoolers stroke to emotional gold medal at rowing nationals

St. Michaels University School eights win honours memory of Emily Selwood

The St. Michaels University School junior women’s coxed eights crew celebrates a gold-medal win earlier in June at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association national regatta in St. Catharines, Ont. (Courtesy SMUS)
Royal Bay Secondary School track athletes Cassandra McKinty, Quinn Starr, Rachel Reid, Ella Ballard, Genevieve Bacon, and Maja Music all made it to the provincial championships held in Langley June 9 through 11. (Courtesy of Andrew Johnson)
Royal Bay Secondary School track athletes Cassandra McKinty, Quinn Starr, Rachel Reid, Ella Ballard, Genevieve Bacon, and Maja Music all made it to the provincial championships held in Langley June 9 through 11. (Courtesy of Andrew Johnson)
Victoria Artistic Swimming will host a water show Sunday (June 19) at Saanich Commonwealth Place. (Courtesy Victoria Artistic Swimming)

Artistic swimmers splash down at Saanich Commonwealth Place

Victoria Artistic Swimming hosts first water show since 2019 on Sunday from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Victoria Artistic Swimming will host a water show Sunday (June 19) at Saanich Commonwealth Place. (Courtesy Victoria Artistic Swimming)
Longtime B.C. sports media personality Bob Marjanovich will present his podcasts via Black Press media. (Submitted art)
Longtime B.C. sports media personality Bob Marjanovich will present his podcasts via Black Press media. (Submitted art)
The Sooke Horseshoe Club offers residents a chance to learn the game with a special event on June 25. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Horseshoe Club hosts community challenge

June 25 event offers the community a chance to try out horseshoe pitching

The Sooke Horseshoe Club offers residents a chance to learn the game with a special event on June 25. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The Oak Bay High girls sevens team celebrates a provincial win. (Tom Aerts/Twitter)
The Oak Bay High girls sevens team celebrates a provincial win. (Tom Aerts/Twitter)