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Nanaimo Clippers forward Kyler Kovich gets back to defend his team’s crease during a BCHL game this past February at Frank Crane Arena. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Clippers to start training in September for first league games in December

B.C. Hockey League announces Dec. 1 start date for 2020-21 season

Nanaimo Clippers forward Kyler Kovich gets back to defend his team’s crease during a BCHL game this past February at Frank Crane Arena. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo baseball player Josh Laukkanen, who played in the West Coast League last summer, models the Nanaimo NightOwls’ new home uniform, as Ney-te the NightOwl also gets in the picture. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo NightOwls will play ball under the lights next season

West Coast League baseball club unveils its team name

Nanaimo baseball player Josh Laukkanen, who played in the West Coast League last summer, models the Nanaimo NightOwls’ new home uniform, as Ney-te the NightOwl also gets in the picture. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
New LED lighting will illuminate play at Serauxmen Stadium. The $1.1-million lighting system is part of a multi-phase improvement plan for the facility. (Doug Wortley/Arrowsmith Media photo)

Lights shine on Nanaimo’s Serauxmen Stadium

$1.1-million lighting project will extend baseball season, says City of Nanaimo

New LED lighting will illuminate play at Serauxmen Stadium. The $1.1-million lighting system is part of a multi-phase improvement plan for the facility. (Doug Wortley/Arrowsmith Media photo)
A skatepark project at Huxley Community Park on Gabriola Island received a $567,000 government grant. (Photo courtesy New Line Skateparks Inc.)

Gabriola skatepark project gets $567,000 infrastructure grant

Federal and provincial governments providing money for Huxley Park amenities

A skatepark project at Huxley Community Park on Gabriola Island received a $567,000 government grant. (Photo courtesy New Line Skateparks Inc.)
Skateboarder Eric Timmins is among the first users Thursday at the new skatepark at Harewood Centennial Park. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s newest skatepark now open for use in Harewood

Harewood Centennial Park amenity opens on schedule

Skateboarder Eric Timmins is among the first users Thursday at the new skatepark at Harewood Centennial Park. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
An online fundraiser has been created to try to garner enough money to replace the carpet at the Nanaimo Boxing Club with three-quarter-inch-thick rubber mats, which will be easier to clean. (GoFundMe photo)

Nanaimo Boxing Club needs new floor for COVID-19 times

GoFundMe started to raise money for rubber mats at Willgress Road facility

An online fundraiser has been created to try to garner enough money to replace the carpet at the Nanaimo Boxing Club with three-quarter-inch-thick rubber mats, which will be easier to clean. (GoFundMe photo)
The VIU Mariners women’s soccer team competes in the national final last fall. The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association previously announced the cancellation of fall national championships and today, June 19, the Pacific Western Athletic Association announced that it will not hold league games in 2020. (CCAA photo)

VIU’s sports teams won’t play league games this fall

PacWest cancels 2020 conference play, hopes basketball and volleyball can return in January 2021

The VIU Mariners women’s soccer team competes in the national final last fall. The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association previously announced the cancellation of fall national championships and today, June 19, the Pacific Western Athletic Association announced that it will not hold league games in 2020. (CCAA photo)
Arrowsmith Cycling Club vice-president Roy Kregosky tries out the new cycling trail at the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park on June 18, 2020. (Michael Briones photo)
Arrowsmith Cycling Club vice-president Roy Kregosky tries out the new cycling trail at the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park on June 18, 2020. (Michael Briones photo)
Carl Ollech is the new owner of the Nanaimo Buccaneers junior B hockey team. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Buccaneers have a new owner

Carl Ollech, an owner of Duncan Iron Works, buys junior B hockey club

Carl Ollech is the new owner of the Nanaimo Buccaneers junior B hockey team. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Last month Nanaimo Minor Baseball Association put in an order for branded face masks in anticipation of baseball season. This week NMBA announced its season will start June 22. (Photo submitted)

Minor baseball will take the field in Nanaimo this month

Season will run June 22-Aug. 15 for most divisions

Last month Nanaimo Minor Baseball Association put in an order for branded face masks in anticipation of baseball season. This week NMBA announced its season will start June 22. (Photo submitted)
Canada West has officially cancelled all fall sports in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada West cancels fall sports due to COVID-19

B.C. student athletes at seven universities impacted by cancellation, more cancellations possible

Canada West has officially cancelled all fall sports in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michelle Guidone re-loads a pickleball pitching machine at the Beban Park tennis courts in March. Tennis and pickleball courts throughout the region are re-opening Thursday, May 14. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Pickleball and tennis courts re-opening in and around Nanaimo

Racquet sport courts, off-leash dog parks, Steve Smith Bike Park re-opening Thursday, May 14

Michelle Guidone re-loads a pickleball pitching machine at the Beban Park tennis courts in March. Tennis and pickleball courts throughout the region are re-opening Thursday, May 14. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Brad Knight, shown leading training camp during the Nanaimo Buccaneers’ inaugural 2012-13 season. Knight is back, now as the Bucs’ coach, general manager and director of hockey operations. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Buccaneers’ first-ever coach returning to the hockey team’s bench

Brad Knight named coach, GM, director of hockey operations of VIJHL club

Brad Knight, shown leading training camp during the Nanaimo Buccaneers’ inaugural 2012-13 season. Knight is back, now as the Bucs’ coach, general manager and director of hockey operations. (News Bulletin file photo)
Three Nanaimo hockey players selected in WHL draft

Three Nanaimo hockey players selected in WHL draft

High-scoring centre Matthew Wood chosen in second round by Regina Pats

Three Nanaimo hockey players selected in WHL draft
VIU basketball player Tyus Barfoot and volleyball player Karoline Tormena won VIU Athlete of the Year at a virtual awards ceremony released via video on Tuesday, April 21. (News Bulletin file photos)

VIU celebrates its sports standouts with virtual awards ceremony

Basketball player Barfoot and volleyball player Tormena win VIU Athlete of the Year honours

VIU basketball player Tyus Barfoot and volleyball player Karoline Tormena won VIU Athlete of the Year at a virtual awards ceremony released via video on Tuesday, April 21. (News Bulletin file photos)
Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Will Reilly keeps an opponent away from the crease during a game in 2016 at Frank Crane Arena. (News Bulletin file photo)

Former Nanaimo Clippers defenceman signs NHL contract

Seventh-round draft choice Will Reilly signed by Pittsburgh Penguins to two-year deal

Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Will Reilly keeps an opponent away from the crease during a game in 2016 at Frank Crane Arena. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo’s Sebastian Sulyok was a double champion on the Canadian Arenacross Futures West circuit for 2019-20. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo arenacross racer wins double championship

Sebastian Sulyok takes first overall on Futures West 85cc series

Nanaimo’s Sebastian Sulyok was a double champion on the Canadian Arenacross Futures West circuit for 2019-20. (Photo submitted)
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)
Nanaimo Clippers forward Kyler Kovich has been named the club’s next team captain. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Clippers choose Kovich to be next team captain

Highly scouted forward will be entering his third full BCHL season

Nanaimo Clippers forward Kyler Kovich has been named the club’s next team captain. (News Bulletin file photo)
Driven Performance Fitness instructor Katie Diaz leads participants through a zumba class. (Photo submitted)
Driven Performance Fitness instructor Katie Diaz leads participants through a zumba class. (Photo submitted)