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Organizer Keith Azak’s goal to continue building a large-scale open basketball tournament to Terrace. (Brittany Gervais/Terrace Standard)

‘Rockin’ to the final game’: High hopes for northern B.C. roundball tourney

The Riverboat Days Open Basketball Tournament tips off this August in Terrace

 

Nick Kollias in his backyard in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)

‘Soccer is my religion’: Nick Kollias built up the game he loves in northern B.C.

As a child in Greece, Kollias was gifted a soccer ball and the rest is history

 

Skateboarder James Clarke will be participating in the Generations Skateboard Society’s first 7 Generations Cup next month. (Ryan Clark/Special to Langley Advance Times)

B.C. welcomes world’s best skateboarders

Indigenous-hosted pro skateboarding event coming to Langley for the first time

 

Fort St. James speed skater Liam Reidlinger competed at the Canada West Youth Speed Skating championships in Selkirk, Manitoba. (Submitted photo)

Fort St. James speed skater Liam Reidlinger back from Canada West youth championships

It was a chance to get more experience after competing in the B.C. provincials

Fort St. James speed skater Liam Reidlinger competed at the Canada West Youth Speed Skating championships in Selkirk, Manitoba. (Submitted photo)
Vernon freestyle skier Elena Gaskell has pulled out of the first of her three scheduled events, Monday, Feb. 7, at the Beijing Winter Olympics due to an injury. (CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot)

Injury setback at Olympics for Okanagan freestyle skier

Vernon’s Elena Gaskell pulls out of big air competition with lower-body injury; two other events scheduled

Vernon freestyle skier Elena Gaskell has pulled out of the first of her three scheduled events, Monday, Feb. 7, at the Beijing Winter Olympics due to an injury. (CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot)
BC School Sports tournaments can now resume after a Feb. 3 decision from the Ministry of Education. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

‘It’s official’: BC School Sports gets green light to resume tournaments

The Ministry of Education initially prevented such events from happening, amid the pandemic

BC School Sports tournaments can now resume after a Feb. 3 decision from the Ministry of Education. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil has advanced into the second round of men’s singles at the Wimbledon Championships in London Tuesday, June 29, scoring a straight sets win over a Spanish opponent. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rick Rycroft)

Okanagan tennis star sweeps into Round 2 at Wimbledon

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil scores straight sets win over Spanish opponent Tuesday, June 29, in London

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil has advanced into the second round of men’s singles at the Wimbledon Championships in London Tuesday, June 29, scoring a straight sets win over a Spanish opponent. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rick Rycroft)
Former Vernon Panthers football standout Ben Hladik of the UBC Thunderbirds (top, in a game against the Manitoba Bisons, <ins>making one of his 38 Canada West solo tackles in 2019</ins>), was chosen in Tuesday’s 2021 Canadian Football League draft. (Rich Lam - UBC Thunderbirds photo)

B.C. Lions call on Vernon standout in CFL draft

Canadian Football League club selects former VSS Panthers star Ben Hladik in third round of league draft

Former Vernon Panthers football standout Ben Hladik of the UBC Thunderbirds (top, in a game against the Manitoba Bisons, <ins>making one of his 38 Canada West solo tackles in 2019</ins>), was chosen in Tuesday’s 2021 Canadian Football League draft. (Rich Lam - UBC Thunderbirds photo)
The Chilliwack Chiefs and Coquitlam Express will finally play games in early April as the BCHL squeezes in a shortened 20 game season. Just-announced provincial funding may help the junior A league offset financial losses caused by the COVID pandemic. (Darren Francis photo)

Province provides relief funding for amateur sport

The government is directing $15 million to teams/leagues impacted by the COVID pandemic

The Chilliwack Chiefs and Coquitlam Express will finally play games in early April as the BCHL squeezes in a shortened 20 game season. Just-announced provincial funding may help the junior A league offset financial losses caused by the COVID pandemic. (Darren Francis photo)
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‘Modified’ games, limited competitive play return as B.C.’s local sports enter Phase 3

Phase 3 will see sports divided into four categories based on the number and intensity of contact

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B.C. pledges $1.5M to help local groups return to sport; no date for competitive play

Feds will also provide $3.4M in funding for youth sports

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B.C. Paralympian named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

B.C. Paralympian named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Three-time world and Paralympic gold medalist Sonja Gaudet is part of 11-member class

B.C. Paralympian named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
Members of Raft Mountain Skating Club pose during the group’s year-end performance on March 5 at the North Thompson Sportsplex. Photo submitted

Clearwater Skating club puts on crowd-pleasing performance

Many in the audience said it was the group’s best show yet

Members of Raft Mountain Skating Club pose during the group’s year-end performance on March 5 at the North Thompson Sportsplex. Photo submitted
Kickboxing instructor, Sonya Dowker, demonstrates how to do a kick on Myrna Harrod-Taniguti while Jen Belle and Amber Benoit observe during a Mom’s Fight Club session at Clearwater Secondary School on Feb. 24. Photo by Jaime Polmateer

Fighting for fun and fitness

Mom’s Fight Club in Clearwater offers women chance to dabble in martial arts

Kickboxing instructor, Sonya Dowker, demonstrates how to do a kick on Myrna Harrod-Taniguti while Jen Belle and Amber Benoit observe during a Mom’s Fight Club session at Clearwater Secondary School on Feb. 24. Photo by Jaime Polmateer
Barriere residents (l-r) Steve Rainer, Mary MacLennan, Jordan Rainer, Carman Smith and Barb Smith wear Viking costumes as they take part in the Wells Gray Birchleg on Feb. 1. Roughly 39 people showed up to take part in the event. Photo by Keith McNeill

PHOTO: Valhalla awaits

Roughly 39 people showed up to take part in the 2020 Birchleg event

  • Feb 7, 2020
Barriere residents (l-r) Steve Rainer, Mary MacLennan, Jordan Rainer, Carman Smith and Barb Smith wear Viking costumes as they take part in the Wells Gray Birchleg on Feb. 1. Roughly 39 people showed up to take part in the event. Photo by Keith McNeill
Featured player this week, pictured here, is Phoenix Mcfadyen, number 26 from the Clearwater peewee Icehawks racing down the ice in the final game against the Kelowna Avalanche on Feb. 2. Photo by K.A.Pendergast

Last weekend on the ice

Featured player this week is Phoenix McFadyen, number 26 for the peewee Icehawks

  • Feb 6, 2020
Featured player this week, pictured here, is Phoenix Mcfadyen, number 26 from the Clearwater peewee Icehawks racing down the ice in the final game against the Kelowna Avalanche on Feb. 2. Photo by K.A.Pendergast