Commonwealth hosts B.C. championships

B.C. Summer Swimming Association provincial championship runs Aug. 17 to 23 at Saanich Commonwealth Place

The pool is where the action is this week as Saanich plays host to the B.C. Summer Swimming Association provincial championship, welcoming athletes in water polo, springboard diving, synchronized swimming and speed swimming from Aug. 17 to 23. The tournament will see swimmers from more than 60 clubs around the province competing for their place on the podium at Saanich Commonwealth Place.

Vancouver Island Soccer League invites those interested in becoming a soccer referee to register for an Entry Level Referee Clinic, the entry point into 11-a-side soccer. Once successful in passing this clinic you’ll be classified as a youth referee (if 14 or 15 years old) or a district referee (if 16 years old or older). The clinic runs at Braefoot Park Aug. 28 to 30. To register, visit www.bcsoccer.net/referee-clinics.

Local cyclists are gearing up for Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria, Aug. 23. Cyclists can choose from three different levels based on their experience level: a 45-kilometre Challenge route for the beginning cyclist; an 85km Legend route for the cycling enthusiast; and the main event, the Harbour Air Epic, a 140km route for the experienced rider. To register or volunteer, visit www.tourdevictoria.com.

Practices began this week for the Greater Victoria Minor Football League’s fall league; for registration information, including information about player draw areas and boundaries for individual teams, visit www.victoriafootball.ca.

Registration also continues for Saanich players wanting to participate in Pacific Rim Field Lacrosse’s 2015/16 season. Evaluations begin later this month for players in divisions from U7 through U18. See prfl.pacrimlacrosse.com for details.

The Sailors Field Hockey Club continues its summer-long drop-in sessions through Aug. 31, welcoming those age 14 or older to come try the sport of field hockey. Drop-in cost is $5 per session for 90 minutes of skills and drills. Sessions take place on the UVic turf field Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, email leeronnie19@gmail.com.

Devon Gall is a local athlete, avid sports fan and Mt. Doug Secondary grad. Email your sports events to jocktalk@telus.net.