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Members of the Lambrick Park secondary track and field team celebrate their surprise AA boys B.C. high school championship win. (Photo courtesy of Tom Turnbull)

Surprise B.C. track and field banner for Saanich’s Lambrick Park boys

Collection of solid finals results carries team to AA boys title in Langley

Members of the Lambrick Park secondary track and field team celebrate their surprise AA boys B.C. high school championship win. (Photo courtesy of Tom Turnbull)
Local members Brent Jansen, skip, and Donna Blackstock, lead, celebrate a win at the Jubilee Pairs Open tournament at the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. Various Greater Victoria lawn bowling clubs sent 20 teams to the competition. (Photo by Gloria Brown)

Oak Bay lawn bowlers win Jubilee Pairs on local greens

Burger and Bowls tournament next on tap for the Carnarvon Park club

Local members Brent Jansen, skip, and Donna Blackstock, lead, celebrate a win at the Jubilee Pairs Open tournament at the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. Various Greater Victoria lawn bowling clubs sent 20 teams to the competition. (Photo by Gloria Brown)
Canada’s Keyara Wardley smiles as she shrugs off a tackle by Spain during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stop at Starlight Stadium on April 30. Rugby Canada has announced women’s age grade rugby programming is set to return later this year for U18, and next year for U20 and U23. (Black Press Media file photo)

Women’s age grade rugby returning by 2023: Rugby Canada

U18 programming is set to return later this year while U20, U23 will return in 2023

Canada’s Keyara Wardley smiles as she shrugs off a tackle by Spain during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stop at Starlight Stadium on April 30. Rugby Canada has announced women’s age grade rugby programming is set to return later this year for U18, and next year for U20 and U23. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bob Fish of Youbou looks to return a shot while partner Lindy Arnold of Victoria looks on in previous mixed doubles pickleball play. Both are competing in this weekend’s Victoria Classic indoor tournament at Pearkes Recreation Centre. (Black Press Media file photo)

Pickleball passion on display at Pearkes in Saanich for Victoria Classic

Rec centre hosting indoor tournament June 10 to 12 featuring singles, doubles play

Bob Fish of Youbou looks to return a shot while partner Lindy Arnold of Victoria looks on in previous mixed doubles pickleball play. Both are competing in this weekend’s Victoria Classic indoor tournament at Pearkes Recreation Centre. (Black Press Media file photo)
Emilie Poulin celebrates after a successful powerlift at the 2022 Invictus Games. Photo by Lyndon Goveas, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services

Vancouver Island veterans enjoy experience of a lifetime at Invictus Games

Comox 19 Wing members Cpl. Emilie Poulin, chief warrant officer (retired) Rock…

Emilie Poulin celebrates after a successful powerlift at the 2022 Invictus Games. Photo by Lyndon Goveas, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services
The grand opening of a multi-use community sports box opens in Sooke on June 26. (Contributed - District of Sooke)

Multi-purpose sports court set to open in Sooke

New facility accommodates various sports, including lacrosse and basketball

The grand opening of a multi-use community sports box opens in Sooke on June 26. (Contributed - District of Sooke)
Newly minted Victoria Royals captain Gannon Laroque. (Courtesy of the Victoria Royals)

Victoria Royals name star blueliner Gannon Laroque captain

The 18-year-old also just signed an NHL contract with San Jose

Newly minted Victoria Royals captain Gannon Laroque. (Courtesy of the Victoria Royals)
Scott Stevens is all smiles after winning the PGA Tour Canada’s Royal Beach Victoria Open on a third playoff hole against fellow American Jake Knapp at Uplands Golf Club. Stevens carded his fourth straight birdie to seal the win. (Royal Beach Victoria Open/Facebook)

Sunday playoff drama at the Royal Beach Victoria Open

Scott Stevens birdie betters Jake Knapp on 3rd playoff hole; Joey Savoie top Canadian

Scott Stevens is all smiles after winning the PGA Tour Canada’s Royal Beach Victoria Open on a third playoff hole against fellow American Jake Knapp at Uplands Golf Club. Stevens carded his fourth straight birdie to seal the win. (Royal Beach Victoria Open/Facebook)
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BCHL adopts franchise scorecard at AGM

The scorecard will measure the strengths and weaknesses of each team, so improvements can be made

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Veteran umpire Doug Hudlin is interviewed by future BC Games CEO Kelly Mann in 1992, on the occasion of Hudlin’s last game umpiring at the National Little League park at Cook Street and Hillside Avenue. A special plaque honouring Hudlin is being unveiled at the park on June 12, as part of a charity baseball event. (Courtesy of Barbara Hudlin)

Ballpark placque to honour Victoria umpire Doug Hudlin; Larry Walker to help officiate event

June 12 event at National Little League park part of Step Up to the Plate fundraiser

Veteran umpire Doug Hudlin is interviewed by future BC Games CEO Kelly Mann in 1992, on the occasion of Hudlin’s last game umpiring at the National Little League park at Cook Street and Hillside Avenue. A special plaque honouring Hudlin is being unveiled at the park on June 12, as part of a charity baseball event. (Courtesy of Barbara Hudlin)
Victoria’s Kelly Mann, longtime president and CEO of the BC Games Society, is part of the class of 2021 being inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame this week. (Courtesy BC Sports Hall of Fame)

Games guru, Vikes hoops legend, multi-sport star entering BC Sports Hall of Fame

Kelly Mann, Eli Pasquale, Gerry Gilmore the Greater Victoria contingent for class of 2021

Victoria’s Kelly Mann, longtime president and CEO of the BC Games Society, is part of the class of 2021 being inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame this week. (Courtesy BC Sports Hall of Fame)
Some of the golfers competing in this week’s Royal Beach Victoria Open PGA Tour Canada event at Uplands Golf Club dropped by Royal Beach in Colwood on Monday for a fun long-drive contest and charitable event. (Royal Beach Victoria Open/Twitter)

PGA pros, some amateurs tackling Uplands golf layout in Oak Bay

Royal Beach Victoria Open runs Thursday to Sunday, spectators welcome

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Some of the golfers competing in this week’s Royal Beach Victoria Open PGA Tour Canada event at Uplands Golf Club dropped by Royal Beach in Colwood on Monday for a fun long-drive contest and charitable event. (Royal Beach Victoria Open/Twitter)
Victoria Golf Club pro Lindsay Bernakevitch tees off during the PGA of B.C. Tournament of Champions on Monday at Nanaimo Golf Club. He and partner Peter Jawl (centre) tied for top spot with a 68, but lost in a playoff to Point Grey Golf and Country Club’s Dave Zibrik and Jeff Dagg. (Courtesy PGA of B.C.)

Victoria pair lose PGA of BC Tournament of Champions playoff in Nanaimo

Point Grey’s Dave Zibrik and Jeff Dagg outlasted Lindsay Bernakevitch and Peter Jawl

Victoria Golf Club pro Lindsay Bernakevitch tees off during the PGA of B.C. Tournament of Champions on Monday at Nanaimo Golf Club. He and partner Peter Jawl (centre) tied for top spot with a 68, but lost in a playoff to Point Grey Golf and Country Club’s Dave Zibrik and Jeff Dagg. (Courtesy PGA of B.C.)
South Island members of the Canadian Wolf Pack national women’s field hockey team, Sara Goodman (from left), Kathleen Leahy, Lexi DeArmond, Anna Mollenhauer and Maddie Secco will be part of the coaching staff for a fundraiser training camp June 11 and 12 at the University of Victoria. (Courtesy UVic)

National women’s team leads upcoming field hockey skills camp at UVic

All ages, genders event June 11-12 a fundraiser for 2022 World Cup bound team

South Island members of the Canadian Wolf Pack national women’s field hockey team, Sara Goodman (from left), Kathleen Leahy, Lexi DeArmond, Anna Mollenhauer and Maddie Secco will be part of the coaching staff for a fundraiser training camp June 11 and 12 at the University of Victoria. (Courtesy UVic)
Players from Canada and Spain run onto the field during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stop at Starlight Stadium in April. Rugby Canada is combining the women’s and men’s tournaments at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver starting in 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)

Women’s sevens rugby event shifts from Langford to Vancouver for 2023

HSBC World Rugby Seven Series tournament to be combined with men’s event

Players from Canada and Spain run onto the field during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stop at Starlight Stadium in April. Rugby Canada is combining the women’s and men’s tournaments at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver starting in 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)
Team Wee Free Men in the 2019 Race To Alaska (Photo by Drew Malcolm/Race to Alaska)

VIDEO: 6 south Island teams tackle human-powered sailing Race to Alaska

Fashionably Late, Moonipulators, Malolo, Pestou, Oaracle and Pturbodactyl set sail June 13

Team Wee Free Men in the 2019 Race To Alaska (Photo by Drew Malcolm/Race to Alaska)
Two young sailors from the Sooke Sailing Club have qualified for the B.C. Summer Games. (File - Black Press Media)

Sooke students set sail for B.C. Summer Games

Finn Unger and Vincent Magdziar will represent lower Vancouver Island in sailing competition

Two young sailors from the Sooke Sailing Club have qualified for the B.C. Summer Games. (File - Black Press Media)
Players from the Westshore Warriors and the Victoria Spartans (black) play a football match on Goudy Field on May 29, 2022. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Only 2 lit turf fields leave minor football struggling for field space in the West Shore

West Shore minor teams may be relocated to Saanich or shut down if no solution found

Players from the Westshore Warriors and the Victoria Spartans (black) play a football match on Goudy Field on May 29, 2022. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Boardworks diver Bryden Hattie is a picture of focus during competition at the Diving Canada Summer Senior National Championships at Saanich Commonwealth Place. Hattie won gold in the one-metre and three-metre events last weekend to secure a spot on the national team heading to the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Calgary next week, and the 2022 Commonwealth Games. (Antoine Saito/courtesy of Diving Canada)

Boardworks crew shines at Diving Canada nationals in Saanich

Double gold for Bryden Hattie, surprise gold in 10-metre platform for Renee Batalla

Boardworks diver Bryden Hattie is a picture of focus during competition at the Diving Canada Summer Senior National Championships at Saanich Commonwealth Place. Hattie won gold in the one-metre and three-metre events last weekend to secure a spot on the national team heading to the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Calgary next week, and the 2022 Commonwealth Games. (Antoine Saito/courtesy of Diving Canada)
In 1986, Rocky Horne became the full-time track announcer, kicking off an impressive 23-and-half-year announcing career. Rocky ‘silver tongue’ Horne coined many nicknames. (Contributed)

Nicknames part of racing legacy at Langford’s Western Speedway

From Len ‘Digger’ O’Dell to ‘Smokin’ Joe Liberatore, drivers have long attracted monikers

In 1986, Rocky Horne became the full-time track announcer, kicking off an impressive 23-and-half-year announcing career. Rocky ‘silver tongue’ Horne coined many nicknames. (Contributed)