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After nine seasons with the Victoria Royals, the club has parted with general manager and president Cam Hope following the COVID-19 shortened Western Hockey League season. (Black Press Media file photo)

After nine seasons Royals move on from GM Hope

Victoria Royals thank outgoing general manager Cameron Hope

After nine seasons with the Victoria Royals, the club has parted with general manager and president Cam Hope following the COVID-19 shortened Western Hockey League season. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke’s DeMamiel Creek Golf Course set to open Friday

Sooke’s DeMamiel Creek Golf Course set to open Friday

New physical-distancing measures put in place

  • Apr 28, 2020
Sooke’s DeMamiel Creek Golf Course set to open Friday
Cameron Hope, president and general manager of the Victoria Royals, says WHL Bantam Draft selection Austin Zemlak has a bright future in the league. (Black Press Media file photo)

Royals pick up versatile defenceman during 2020 WHL Bantam Draft

Austin Zemlak was the Victoria Royals’ first pick and went ninth overall

Cameron Hope, president and general manager of the Victoria Royals, says WHL Bantam Draft selection Austin Zemlak has a bright future in the league. (Black Press Media file photo)
Anna Mollenhauer of the UVic Vikes national champion field hockey team is the Vikes 2020 womens athlete of the year. (APShutter.com/UVic Vikes)
Anna Mollenhauer of the UVic Vikes national champion field hockey team is the Vikes 2020 womens athlete of the year. (APShutter.com/UVic Vikes)
UVic Vikes swimmer Lauren Crisp on the podium at the U Sports national championships at Saanich Commonwealth Place in February, where the rookie our of Reynolds secondary won a silver and a bronze medal. (Armando Tura/UVic Vikes)

Saanich swimmer Lauren Crisp in running for rookie-of-the-year

Saanich swimmer Lauren Crisp, Oak Bay’s Diego Maffia in running for rookie-of-the-year

UVic Vikes swimmer Lauren Crisp on the podium at the U Sports national championships at Saanich Commonwealth Place in February, where the rookie our of Reynolds secondary won a silver and a bronze medal. (Armando Tura/UVic Vikes)
Shalie Dheensaw addresses Vikes players during U Sports play at CARSA in February. This week Dheensaw was named the interim coach of the UVic Vikes women’s basketball team for the 2020-2021 season. (Armando Tura/UVic Vikes)

UVic Vikes new basketball coach on the fast track

At 26, Shalie Dheensaw assumed head coaching role

Shalie Dheensaw addresses Vikes players during U Sports play at CARSA in February. This week Dheensaw was named the interim coach of the UVic Vikes women’s basketball team for the 2020-2021 season. (Armando Tura/UVic Vikes)
The Owen Sound Attack trainer speaks to fans during a Hockey FIT session in Owen Sound. (Photo courtesy of the Western University)

Innovative free fitness program targets Victoria Royals fans

Program shows impressive results during follow-ups with the men who participate

  • Mar 29, 2020
The Owen Sound Attack trainer speaks to fans during a Hockey FIT session in Owen Sound. (Photo courtesy of the Western University)
Ladysmith’s Olympian, Faith Knelson is focused on staying healthy for the 2021 Olympics (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island Olympic hopeful resets after hard-fought journey to Tokyo Games hits COVID-19 pothole

When Faith Knelson learned Canada withdrew from the Olympics she had ‘five million emotions at once’

Ladysmith’s Olympian, Faith Knelson is focused on staying healthy for the 2021 Olympics (Submitted photo)
Owen Klaassen, 13, in his Saanich home, talking to Sportsnet broadcaster Arash Madani on live video chat. Like Klaassen, the broadcasters also have some extra time on their hands as all sports, form the pro to community levels, are cancelled. (Tanya Twynstra Photo)

Gordon Head kid keeps career focus during pandemic

Sportsnet pros take time to talk to young broadcaster

Owen Klaassen, 13, in his Saanich home, talking to Sportsnet broadcaster Arash Madani on live video chat. Like Klaassen, the broadcasters also have some extra time on their hands as all sports, form the pro to community levels, are cancelled. (Tanya Twynstra Photo)
During what was the last game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League during the 2019-2020 season, Panthers Josh Lingard (#8) drives towards the Cougars’ net during last week’s 3-2 loss in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL)’s South Division playoff round. Hours later, the season ended after Hockey Canada cancelled all “sanctioned activities, including our national championships, until further notice, effective immediately.” (Gordon Lee/Submitted)

Peninsula Panthers won’t let COVID-19 define best winning season in history

General manager Pete Zubersky said the team will take an economic hit

During what was the last game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League during the 2019-2020 season, Panthers Josh Lingard (#8) drives towards the Cougars’ net during last week’s 3-2 loss in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL)’s South Division playoff round. Hours later, the season ended after Hockey Canada cancelled all “sanctioned activities, including our national championships, until further notice, effective immediately.” (Gordon Lee/Submitted)
St. Michaels University School’s rugby team lifts the 2020 Gareth Rees Boot following the team’s Boot Game win over Oak Bay on Thursday, March 12. (Kyle Slavin/St. Michaels University School)

PHOTOS: St. Mikes stifle Oak Bay to reclaim Gareth Rees Boot trophy

St. Mikes men, women sweep Oak Bay Barbarian rugby teams

St. Michaels University School’s rugby team lifts the 2020 Gareth Rees Boot following the team’s Boot Game win over Oak Bay on Thursday, March 12. (Kyle Slavin/St. Michaels University School)
Another successful Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports season comes to an end
Another successful Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports season comes to an end
B.C. School Sports has made the difficult decision to suspend the spring sports season including some of the most popular school sports, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s rugby, track and field, and more. (Kyle Slavin/St. Michaels University School)

B.C. School Sports suspends spring season

Most sports seasons cancelled with some optimism for June

B.C. School Sports has made the difficult decision to suspend the spring sports season including some of the most popular school sports, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s rugby, track and field, and more. (Kyle Slavin/St. Michaels University School)
Lachlan Stewart with Berne Neufeld, the Evans Caddie program coordinator, and fellow winner Laszlo Torok. (Alisa Kerr Photo)

Sky’s the limit for golf caddies headed to study engineering

Victoria Golf Club caddies earn $200,000 scholarship

Lachlan Stewart with Berne Neufeld, the Evans Caddie program coordinator, and fellow winner Laszlo Torok. (Alisa Kerr Photo)
Victoria Admirals peewee hockey player Brady Capson watches the ball bounce off goalie Bennet Harris, March 14 in Parksville. (Michael Briones photo)
Victoria Admirals peewee hockey player Brady Capson watches the ball bounce off goalie Bennet Harris, March 14 in Parksville. (Michael Briones photo)
Former University of Victoria coxswain Lily Copeland is photographed at UVic campus in Victoria, B.C., on Saturday, November 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Harassment allegations at UVic lead to call for coaching codes of conduct

Multiple rowers have complained about coach Barney Williams

Former University of Victoria coxswain Lily Copeland is photographed at UVic campus in Victoria, B.C., on Saturday, November 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Team Canada for the World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George: Kerri Einarson, third, Val Sweeting, second, Shannon Birchard and lead, Briane Meilleur pose with the trophy after defeating Team Ontario to win the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George cancelled due to COVID-19

Another international sporting event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak

Team Canada for the World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George: Kerri Einarson, third, Val Sweeting, second, Shannon Birchard and lead, Briane Meilleur pose with the trophy after defeating Team Ontario to win the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Friends of Victoria Basketball is asking local municipalities for financial contributions ahead of its We The West Festival and the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament. (Black Press Media file photo)                                File art
Friends of Victoria Basketball is asking local municipalities for financial contributions ahead of its We The West Festival and the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament. (Black Press Media file photo)                                File art
Former CFL player and Grey Cup winner Dexter Janke will be the newest addition to the West Shore Rebels coaching staff. (Facebook/Dexter Janke)
Former CFL player and Grey Cup winner Dexter Janke will be the newest addition to the West Shore Rebels coaching staff. (Facebook/Dexter Janke)
Game 1 of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s North Island playoff final between the Oceanside Generals and Campbell River Storm, set for March 10 at Oceanside Place in Parksville, has been cancelled. (File photo)

Concerns over COVID-19 prompt postponement of junior hockey game in Parksville

Several players are self-isolating for influenza-like symptoms

Game 1 of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s North Island playoff final between the Oceanside Generals and Campbell River Storm, set for March 10 at Oceanside Place in Parksville, has been cancelled. (File photo)