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The Port Alberni Bombers of the VIJHL have hired Gaelan Patterson as their inaugural head coach and general manager. He will join the team in August 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

VIJHL: Expansion Port Alberni Bombers hire coach and GM

Saskatchewan coach excited to join city’s new Jr. B hockey team

The Port Alberni Bombers of the VIJHL have hired Gaelan Patterson as their inaugural head coach and general manager. He will join the team in August 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Royal Victoria Marathon returns to an in-person race in October with half-marathon and 8K events. (Black Press Media file photo)

Royal Victoria Marathon returns with in-person racing this fall

41st annual event sees half marathon, 8K race scheduled for Oct. 10

The Royal Victoria Marathon returns to an in-person race in October with half-marathon and 8K events. (Black Press Media file photo)
Roller derby athletes skate in the most recent Nanaimo Pride Parade in 2019. (News Bulletin file photo)

Task force shares ideas to help Canadian sports associations be more LGBTQ-inclusive

Canada’s Sport Inclusion Task Force launches website during Pride Month

Roller derby athletes skate in the most recent Nanaimo Pride Parade in 2019. (News Bulletin file photo)
Owen Harbo and Adin Brenner both medalled at Trampoline Gymnastics B.C. Championships earlier this spring. (Photo submitted)

Trampoline athletes land on podium at virtual provincials

Adin Brenner of Gabriola Island and Owen Harbo of Nanaimo both qualify for nationals

Owen Harbo and Adin Brenner both medalled at Trampoline Gymnastics B.C. Championships earlier this spring. (Photo submitted)
Homegrown Tofino surfers Kalum Temple Bruhwiler and Mathea Olin with Surf Canada head coach Shannon Brown. (Submitted photo)
Homegrown Tofino surfers Kalum Temple Bruhwiler and Mathea Olin with Surf Canada head coach Shannon Brown. (Submitted photo)
Coach Dylan Armstrong, left, and Ethan Katzberg after the latter’s record-setting hammer throw in Kamloops on Sunday, May 23. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo hammer thrower breaks Canadian youth record

Ethan Katzberg ranked third in the world in the U20 category

Coach Dylan Armstrong, left, and Ethan Katzberg after the latter’s record-setting hammer throw in Kamloops on Sunday, May 23. (Photo submitted)
Thorpe Report.

Minor baseball registration on the upswing in Nanaimo

Close to 600 young players are signed up and registration is now capped

  • May 22, 2021
Thorpe Report.
Tihanna Wright, left, of Nanaimo Gymnastics School is all-around provincial champion in the junior Olympic Level 6 category, and her teammate Makayla White qualified for Canadian championships. (Photos submitted)

Nanaimo gymnast wins provincial title, another makes nationals

Nanaimo Gymnastics School athletes competed virtually earlier this spring

Tihanna Wright, left, of Nanaimo Gymnastics School is all-around provincial champion in the junior Olympic Level 6 category, and her teammate Makayla White qualified for Canadian championships. (Photos submitted)
Karoline Tormena, a VIU volleyball player, Jordan Naylor, Nanaimo Clippers goalie, middle, and Kyle Noble, senior B Nanaimo Timbermen No. 1 fan, were winners in this year’s Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards as Female Athlete of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year and Hero In You Award winner, respectively. (CCCA/Gary Dorland/Submitted photos)

Nanaimo Sport Achievement Award winners stand out amid a tough pandemic year

2021 awards were presented virtually May 18, recognizing sport achievement in 2020

Karoline Tormena, a VIU volleyball player, Jordan Naylor, Nanaimo Clippers goalie, middle, and Kyle Noble, senior B Nanaimo Timbermen No. 1 fan, were winners in this year’s Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards as Female Athlete of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year and Hero In You Award winner, respectively. (CCCA/Gary Dorland/Submitted photos)
The Nanaimo Timbermen and Victoria Shamrocks compete in Western Lacrosse Association action in Nanaimo during the 2019 season. (News Bulletin file photo)

WLA cancels another senior A lacrosse season due to COVID-19

Western Lacrosse Association, Major Series Lacrosse announce cancellation of Mann Cup

The Nanaimo Timbermen and Victoria Shamrocks compete in Western Lacrosse Association action in Nanaimo during the 2019 season. (News Bulletin file photo)
BCHL

Twenty-two BCHL grads chasing Stanley Cup as NHL playoffs begin

The list includes Alex Newhook, getting his first taste of NHL playoffs with the Colorado Avalanche

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Nanaimo Clippers goaltender Jordan Naylor gets into position as Alberni Valley Bulldogs player Ethan Bono takes a shot on net during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on April 28. (Elena Rardon/Black Press)

Nanaimo Clippers’ passion for the game carries them through pandemic season

Coach looks back on season following third-place finish in the BCHL’s Island pod

Nanaimo Clippers goaltender Jordan Naylor gets into position as Alberni Valley Bulldogs player Ethan Bono takes a shot on net during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on April 28. (Elena Rardon/Black Press)
Two-year-old Kashius Weme rides at the Steve Smith Memorial Bike Park in Nanaimo on Tuesday, May 11. The youngster’s precocious bike-riding ability is already attracting cycle sponsors. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Two-year-old Kashius Weme rides at the Steve Smith Memorial Bike Park in Nanaimo on Tuesday, May 11. The youngster’s precocious bike-riding ability is already attracting cycle sponsors. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A rendering of what Serauxmen Stadium might look like after new outfield fencing is finished. (Icad Design Graphics Studio/City of Nanaimo image)

Nanaimo’s Serauxmen Stadium getting another $1 million in improvements

Outfield fencing, including ‘Green Monster’ which came down last year, being replaced at ball field

A rendering of what Serauxmen Stadium might look like after new outfield fencing is finished. (Icad Design Graphics Studio/City of Nanaimo image)
BCHL

BCHL pod season will end without playoffs

With COVID restrictions still hampering the league, the Fred Page Cup won’t be awarded in 2021

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Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Chase Klassen drives to the net, pursued by Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Michael Craig, during a BCHL game Sunday, April 25, in Port Alberni. (Elena Rardon/Black Press)

Nanaimo Clippers thinking must-win the rest of the way

Nanaimo was at .500 at season’s mid-point before two losses this past weekend

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Chase Klassen drives to the net, pursued by Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Michael Craig, during a BCHL game Sunday, April 25, in Port Alberni. (Elena Rardon/Black Press)
The Nanaimo White Rapids summer swim club is excited to be back at the Kin Pool in Bowen Park to mark the club’s 55th anniversary, even though things may look slightly different this year due to safety considerations, says columnist.

White Rapids anxious to dive into the pool

Things may look slightly different this year due to safety considerations, says columnist

  • Apr 21, 2021
The Nanaimo White Rapids summer swim club is excited to be back at the Kin Pool in Bowen Park to mark the club’s 55th anniversary, even though things may look slightly different this year due to safety considerations, says columnist.
The Nanaimo Clippers’ game against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs slated for Thursday, April 15, has been postponed due to a “potential positive COVID-19 test result,” says the BCHL. (News Bulletin file photo)

UPDATE: Nanaimo Clippers COVID-19 test comes back negative, team can practise and play

Junior A hockey team had suspended activities the day before out of ‘abundance of caution’

The Nanaimo Clippers’ game against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs slated for Thursday, April 15, has been postponed due to a “potential positive COVID-19 test result,” says the BCHL. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo NightOwls. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo NightOwls cancel season due to COVID-19

Baseball team’s inaugural season in West Coast League will have to wait until 2022

Nanaimo NightOwls. (News Bulletin file photo)
BCHL

BCHL stays tight-lipped about reasons for leaving Canadian Junior Hockey League

The BCHL retains affiliation with Hockey Canada and BC Hockey, but isn’t saying what comes next

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