News in brief: Saanich swimmer wins Para medals; NCAA basketball visitors top Vikes; Vikes launch into soccer season with wins

Swimmer Brianna Nelson returns from the 2012 London Paralympic Games with silver medals

Westshore Wolves captain Josh Bloomenthal (centre) and teammates practice at Bear Mountain Arena during an on Tuesday. The Wolves played the first regular season game in team history on Wednesday against the Kerry Park Islanders.

Saanich swimmer wins Para medals

Brianna Nelson returns from the 2012 London Paralympic Games with silver medals in the women’s 200-metre individual medley and 50-metre butterfly.

Nelson, originally from Calgary, trains with the Island Swimming club based out of Saanich Commonwealth Pool, and attended the Games with Island Swimming teammate Jana Murphy.

Other locals returning from the Games are judo athlete Tim Rees, who faced a tough loss in his first match, rower Meghan Montgomery of the mixed coxed four, sailors Bruce Millar, John McRoberts, and Stacie Louttit, and wheelchair basketball players Jessica Vliegenthart and Janet McLachlan, an ex-UVic Vikes player.

NCAA basketball visitors top Vikes

The Eastern Washington Eagles, an NCAA Div. 1 team, defeated the UVic Vikes 77-58 in a men’s basketball exhibition match at UVic’s McKinnon Gymnasium on Sunday.

Vikes launch into soccer season with wins

The road to the CIS women’s soccer championships in Victoria this November is underway. The UVic Vikes drew 1-1 against the visiting Alberta Pandas at Centennial Stadium on Friday night to open the CIS season.

Midfielder Mallory Hackett scored the equalizer for the Vikes. The women’s squad fared better on Saturday when Emma Greig scored a hat trick to spark the Vikes to a 5-0 win over the Mount Royal Cougars. Hackett and Lindsay Hoetzel also scored against Mount Royal.

The Vikes women’s soccer team visits the UNBC Timberwolves for the first time on Saturday.

The Vikes men’s soccer team gave a cold welcome to the UNBC Timberwolves, sweeping the CIS newcomers with 3-1 and 8-0 defeats on Friday and Saturday at Centennial Stadium.

Craig Taylor scored twice and Craig Gorman once in Friday’s game. Cameron Stokes spotted the Vikes two goals on Saturday, as Vikes Thomas Mallette, Adam Plantinga, Kurt Macaulay, Craig Taylor, Nicholas Mavrikos and Sam Prette added one goal each.

Thirteen Vikes are returning to the men’s roster which won the 2011 championship.

The men’s soccer Vikes visit the Trinity Western Spartans and UBC Thunderbirds on Friday and Saturday.

  • This weekend the Vikes women’s field hockey team is in Calgary for two matches versus the University of Calgary Dinos and the men’s field hockey team is in Vancouver against.
  • Vikes rugby season starts Sept. 15 with the women hosting neighbours Velox Valkyries at 11:30 a.m. at Wallace Field and the men visiting the Meralomas in Vancouver.

Royals, Giants pre-season game

The Victoria Royals host the Vancouver Giants at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre tomorrow (Sept. 15) at 2 p.m. for the Royals final game of the WHL pre-Season.

Tickets are just $5 and proceeds from every ticket sold will benefit the Raise-a-Reader and KidSport Victoria programs.

Bowl For The Cure turns 10

Juan de Fuca Lawn Bowling Club is hosting the 10th annual Bowl For The Cure cancer fundraising tourament Saturday and Sunday.

“Every rink will be full, with 32 teams playing, each one made up of four to 10 players,” said Juan de Fuca member David Mathie.

All proceeds are donated to cancer societies. Eleven clubs are represented from Duncan to Sidney.

Play starts at 9 a.m. both days.

Startup Island Wildcats hit the field

The Kirby’s Island Wildcats, a startup premier field hockey team, is set to hit the field this weekend for their first official match of the Vancouver

Premier women’s league. The Island side features several under-18 and U16 provincial team players as well as a handful of former CIS and national team players, including Ali Lee, Katie Rushton, 26, Natalie Wise, 25, and Gillian Kirkpatrick, 17. Game time is 12:30 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 15) versus the Surrey Sharks on the UVic turf field.

Olympians speak to marathoners

This year’s GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon will feature a pre-race Olympic talk. The annual speaker series begins at 9 a.m. on Oct. 6 in the auditorium of the Victoria Conference Centre. Included is a mid-day interview of Olympians Hilary Stellingwerff, Tara Whitten and Simon Whitfield, at 12:45 p.m.

Late registration for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon regular begins on Sept. 16.

School wrestling season returns

Training for the Victoria Commonwealth Wrestling Bulldogs school team begins Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The Bulldogs are a district school wrestling team and are based out of the Cedar Hill Middle School gymnasium, 3910 Cedar Hill Rd.

All boys and girls aged 10 to 19 are welcome. Training runs every Tuesday and Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., until April.

In 2011 several Bulldogs competed at the provincials and one at the high school nationals.

To register contact Ed Ashmore at 250-384-9459, or email



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