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Nicole Dabney demonstrates how she lines up for a pitch while her father, Jack Dabney, watches in the background at the Dry Creek Horseshoe Club pitch on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. The pair are headed to the B.C. horseshoe provincial championships in Abbotsford Sept. 4–5. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni horseshoe pitchers head to provincial championships

Father-daughter duo Jack and Nicole Dabney will vie for B.C. titles Sept. 4-5

Nicole Dabney demonstrates how she lines up for a pitch while her father, Jack Dabney, watches in the background at the Dry Creek Horseshoe Club pitch on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. The pair are headed to the B.C. horseshoe provincial championships in Abbotsford Sept. 4–5. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A member of Team White winds up to fire a shot during an Alberni Valley Bulldogs ID camp scrimmage session on Monday, Aug. 30. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs are back for Summer ID Camp

Alberni Valley Bulldogs will host their first home game on Oct. 15

A member of Team White winds up to fire a shot during an Alberni Valley Bulldogs ID camp scrimmage session on Monday, Aug. 30. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Rugby Canada men’s national team head coach Kingsley Jones listens after he was introduced as the new coach of the team, in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday October 24, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada set to open Rugby World Cup qualifying campaign against U.S. Eagles

The Canada-U. S. loser still has a chance to advance but faces a more convoluted qualifying route

Rugby Canada men’s national team head coach Kingsley Jones listens after he was introduced as the new coach of the team, in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday October 24, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Port Alberni Bombers forward Robbie Steel scores the first goal in Bombers franchise history by slipping the puck past Oceanside Generals goaltender Ashton Sadauskas in an exhibition game on Aug. 31, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni Bombers fall to Oceanside Generals in franchise’s first exhibition game

Robbie Steel scored the Bombers’ first goal in franchise history in an exhibition game

Port Alberni Bombers forward Robbie Steel scores the first goal in Bombers franchise history by slipping the puck past Oceanside Generals goaltender Ashton Sadauskas in an exhibition game on Aug. 31, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Canada’s Aurelie Rivard swims her way to a silver medal for the women’s SM10(Para) 200m Individual Medley during the swimming finals at the Commonwealth Games Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Aurelie Rivard, Greg Stewart win Paralympic gold medals for Canada

The gold was Rivard’s fourth medal of the Tokyo Games, and 10th medal of her Paralympic career

Canada’s Aurelie Rivard swims her way to a silver medal for the women’s SM10(Para) 200m Individual Medley during the swimming finals at the Commonwealth Games Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Team Canada’s Marie-Philip Poulin, centre, celebrates defeating the United States to win gold at the IIHF Women’s World Championship hockey action in Calgary, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Team Canada’s Marie-Philip Poulin, centre, celebrates defeating the United States to win gold at the IIHF Women’s World Championship hockey action in Calgary, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Team Alberta skip Brendan Bottcher, right, directs his teammates as Team Canada third Mark Nichols, left, and skip Brad Gushue look on at the Brier in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, March 13, 2021. Curling Canada says all athletes, fans, staff and media will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in or attend affiliated events. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Curling Canada to require COVID-19 vaccinations to attend or play in events

Individuals 12 and over attending events must provide a proof of first vaccination by no later than Sept. 8

Team Alberta skip Brendan Bottcher, right, directs his teammates as Team Canada third Mark Nichols, left, and skip Brad Gushue look on at the Brier in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, March 13, 2021. Curling Canada says all athletes, fans, staff and media will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in or attend affiliated events. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Canada’s Brianne Jenner, right, and Germany’s Tabea Botthof, centre, battle for position as goalie Sandra Abstreiter looks on during third period quarterfinal IIHF Women’s World Championship hockey action in Calgary, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

After dearth of hockey, Canadian women’s hockey team savours Beijing preparation

Hockey Canada’s director of national teams intends to name Olympic roster before December’s holiday break

Canada’s Brianne Jenner, right, and Germany’s Tabea Botthof, centre, battle for position as goalie Sandra Abstreiter looks on during third period quarterfinal IIHF Women’s World Championship hockey action in Calgary, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Canada’s Brent Lakatos races to win the men’s elite wheelchair race at the London Marathon in London, England, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. THE CANADIA PRESS/John Sibley/Pool via AP

Canada’s Lakatos has won nine Paralympic medals since nearly retiring in 2008

Lakatos still has the 100, 800 and 1,500 before finishing with Sunday’s marathon in Tokyo

Canada’s Brent Lakatos races to win the men’s elite wheelchair race at the London Marathon in London, England, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. THE CANADIA PRESS/John Sibley/Pool via AP
Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos gives instructions to players during an MLS soccer club training session, in Vancouver, on Monday, August 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Coach’s firing should be ‘wake up call’ for Vancouver Whitecaps: sporting director

‘We decided this morning that this project needs another push, that this project needs some new life’

Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos gives instructions to players during an MLS soccer club training session, in Vancouver, on Monday, August 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Ottawa Redblacks defensive lineman Praise Martin-Oguike grabs the arm of B.C. Lions running back Shaquille Cooper as he runs during first-half CFL football action in Ottawa on Saturday. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press photo)
Ottawa Redblacks defensive lineman Praise Martin-Oguike grabs the arm of B.C. Lions running back Shaquille Cooper as he runs during first-half CFL football action in Ottawa on Saturday. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press photo)
Duncan's Sara Goodman (bottom right) and her teammates celebrate winning gold at the 2021 Women's Junior Field Hockey Pan American Championships and securing a berth in the 2021 Junior World Cup. (Photo courtesy Field Hockey Canada Twitter @FieldHockeyCan

Duncan’s Sara Goodman guides Canada to Pan Am field hockey gold

Cowichan-born captain helps Canada return to World Cup for first time since 2013

Duncan's Sara Goodman (bottom right) and her teammates celebrate winning gold at the 2021 Women's Junior Field Hockey Pan American Championships and securing a berth in the 2021 Junior World Cup. (Photo courtesy Field Hockey Canada Twitter @FieldHockeyCan
Ryan Rasmussen just before he set out on his 160 km run from Campbell River to Nanaimo. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror
Ryan Rasmussen just before he set out on his 160 km run from Campbell River to Nanaimo. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror
After a fun surf at Long Beach, adaptive surfer Victoria Feige brought out her shiny World Championship gold medals for friends to see. (Nora O’Malley photo)

2X World Para Surf Champion Victoria Feige eyes Paralympic gold beyond Tokyo 2020

Para surfers will have to wait a few more years before they can compete in the Paralympic Games

After a fun surf at Long Beach, adaptive surfer Victoria Feige brought out her shiny World Championship gold medals for friends to see. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Pacific FC shined in a historic win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in Langford on Aug. 26. They’ll now advance to the Canadian Championship quarterfinals. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Pacific FC shine in Langford with historic win over Vancouver Whitecaps

They now advance to the Canadian Championship quarterfinals

Pacific FC shined in a historic win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in Langford on Aug. 26. They’ll now advance to the Canadian Championship quarterfinals. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Nanaimo’s Matthew Wilson celebrates winning the B.C. Golf juvenile boys’ championship earlier this month in Pitt Meadows. (Bryan Outram/B.C. Golf)

Vancouver Island teen who played golf 130 straight days during pandemic wins B.C. title

Nanaimo’s Matthew Wilson wins B.C. Golf juvenile championship by five strokes

Nanaimo’s Matthew Wilson celebrates winning the B.C. Golf juvenile boys’ championship earlier this month in Pitt Meadows. (Bryan Outram/B.C. Golf)
The Alberni Golf Club is located on Cherry Creek Road. (FILE PHOTO)

Two-man best ball tourney draws high number of Alberni Men’s club members

Duo of Fredrickson, Cheveldave win gross honours with combined 68

The Alberni Golf Club is located on Cherry Creek Road. (FILE PHOTO)
Former Parksville Royals baseball star Adam McKillican. (File photo)

Vancouver Island pitcher inks free agent deal with MLB’s Texas Rangers

Comox-born McKillican to join minor league affiliate in Surprise, Ariz.

Former Parksville Royals baseball star Adam McKillican. (File photo)
John Horwood at the Canadian National Championship in Calgary during the August long weekend. He won gold in jump and slalom, and silver in tricks and named overall national champion, just edging his brother out. (Johnny Hayward photo)

Island twins testing warm waters of Florida for world water ski competition

Jonathan and Christopher Horwood finish first and second in national competition

John Horwood at the Canadian National Championship in Calgary during the August long weekend. He won gold in jump and slalom, and silver in tricks and named overall national champion, just edging his brother out. (Johnny Hayward photo)
Calgary Stampeder Ka’Deen Carey celebrates a touch own against the Montreal Alouettes during second half CFL football action in Calgary on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Chidley

Vaccinations to be required for fans at Calgary Flames, Stampeders, Hitmen games

Rule will be in place for all live events at the Saddledome and McMahon Stadium.

Calgary Stampeder Ka’Deen Carey celebrates a touch own against the Montreal Alouettes during second half CFL football action in Calgary on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Chidley