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Walter Fred during Team 700 training on July 21. The Indigenous youth boxing team has started a GoFundMe with a goal to raise $20,000 to continue running the program. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Boxing club trying to raise money so Indigenous youths can go more rounds

Online fundraiser set up after Team 700 has its funding cut

Nanaimo Track and Field Club athlete Sonya Urbanowicz with her record-setting pole vault, and afterward with coach Sven Donaldson. (Photos courtesy Wanda Urbanowicz)

Nanaimo’s track and field athletes highly ranked

Numerous Nanaimo Track and Field Club members set personal bests in return to competition

  • Jul 21, 2021
Levi Verch and the junior A Nanaimo Timbermen will open a B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League exhibition season this Saturday, July 10, with a game at the NIC against the Burnaby Lakers. (News Bulletin file photo)

Lacrosse finally back in the box in Nanaimo

Junior A Timbermen begin exhibition season with game this Saturday, July 10, at the NIC

The Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club’s summer camp program started Monday, July 5. (Photo submitted)

Canoe and kayak club’s summer day camps return at Nanaimo’s Long Lake

Paddling club offers programs for various ages and abilities

The Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club’s summer camp program started Monday, July 5. (Photo submitted)
Mid-Island Pirates catcher Ben Shugar awaits a throw as a Parksville Royals baserunner slides for home during a B.C. Premier Baseball League game June 24 at the Serauxmen Sports Fields. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s Mid-Island Pirates getting a baseball season at last

B.C. Premier Baseball League team to play a 24-game season and then a championship tournament

Mid-Island Pirates catcher Ben Shugar awaits a throw as a Parksville Royals baserunner slides for home during a B.C. Premier Baseball League game June 24 at the Serauxmen Sports Fields. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Track and Field Club athletes are off to a fast start this season after no competition last season due to the pandemic. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo athletes back on track, starting with club competitions

Nanaimo Track and Field Club registration filled up

  • Jun 20, 2021
Nanaimo Track and Field Club athletes are off to a fast start this season after no competition last season due to the pandemic. (News Bulletin file photo)
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
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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)
Justin Trudeau speaks with a young Montreal Canadiens fan at the Frank Conservation Area in Plainfield, Ont. on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Prime Minister Trudeau says that as a lifelong Montreal Canadiens fan he’s disappointed by the team’s selection of Logan Mailloux in the NHL draft. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Trudeau says Canadiens’ selection of sex-related offender shows ‘lack of judgment’

Logan Mailloux picked after sharing, without her consent, a photo of a woman performing a sexual act

Justin Trudeau speaks with a young Montreal Canadiens fan at the Frank Conservation Area in Plainfield, Ont. on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Prime Minister Trudeau says that as a lifelong Montreal Canadiens fan he’s disappointed by the team’s selection of Logan Mailloux in the NHL draft. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Canada’s women’s softball team players Kaleigh Rafter (left to right), Jenn Salling, Danielle Lawrie, Kelsey Harshman and Emma Entzminger celebrate their win over Mexico in the bronze medal game at the Tokyo Olympics in Yokohama, Japan. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

‘We did it’: Canadian softball team wins bronze at Tokyo Olympics

B.C. players lead Canada to country’s first-ever Olympic softball medal

Canada’s women’s softball team players Kaleigh Rafter (left to right), Jenn Salling, Danielle Lawrie, Kelsey Harshman and Emma Entzminger celebrate their win over Mexico in the bronze medal game at the Tokyo Olympics in Yokohama, Japan. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts after losing a point to Marketa Vondrousova, of the Czech Republic, during the third round of the tennis competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Rough day for stars Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka at Olympics

Some July 27 highlights from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts after losing a point to Marketa Vondrousova, of the Czech Republic, during the third round of the tennis competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Canada’s Danielle Lawrie pitches during a softball game against Italy at Yokohama Baseball Stadium during the 2020 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Canada will play for softball bronze at Tokyo Olympics after 1-run losses foil bid for gold

Team Canada – which features Surrey and White Rock players – to battle Mexico for bronze medal

Canada’s Danielle Lawrie pitches during a softball game against Italy at Yokohama Baseball Stadium during the 2020 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
FILE - In Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 file photo, singer Pink poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards in London. U.S. pop singer Pink has offered to pay a fine given to the Norwegian female beach handball team for wearing shorts instead of the required bikini bottoms. Pink said she was “very proud” of the team for protesting against the rule that prevented them from wearing shorts like their male counterparts. At the European Beach Handball Championships in Bulgaria last week, Norway’s female team was fined 1,500 euros ($1,770) for what the European federation called improper clothing and “a breach of clothing regulations.” (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)

Singer Pink backs beach handball team on ‘sexist’ clothing

Rules stipulate that women must wear bikini bottoms while men wear shorts

FILE - In Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 file photo, singer Pink poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards in London. U.S. pop singer Pink has offered to pay a fine given to the Norwegian female beach handball team for wearing shorts instead of the required bikini bottoms. Pink said she was “very proud” of the team for protesting against the rule that prevented them from wearing shorts like their male counterparts. At the European Beach Handball Championships in Bulgaria last week, Norway’s female team was fined 1,500 euros ($1,770) for what the European federation called improper clothing and “a breach of clothing regulations.” (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)
Vancouver Canucks’ Jake Virtanen skates during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game on Monday, September 28, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s Jake Virtanen set to be bought out by Vancouver Canucks amid sex assault accusation

NHL club places player on unconditional waivers, has been on leave since May 1 since allegations

Vancouver Canucks’ Jake Virtanen skates during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game on Monday, September 28, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Margaret Mac Neil, right, of Canada, is congratulated by Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden103 after winning the final of the women’s 100-metre butterfly at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Margaret Mac Neil, right, of Canada, is congratulated by Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden103 after winning the final of the women’s 100-metre butterfly at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Michael Woods, of Canada, competes in the men’s cycling road race at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Oyama, Japan. (Tim de Waele/Pool Photo via AP)

Tokyo Olympics Roundup: Woods comes close to winning medal for Canada

Michael Woods, an outstanding climber, led over much of the challenging 234-kilometre road course

Michael Woods, of Canada, competes in the men’s cycling road race at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Oyama, Japan. (Tim de Waele/Pool Photo via AP)
Calgary Hitmen defenceman and Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop became the first player under an NHL contract to come out as gay when he made the announcement on July 19. (Photo courtesy of Luke Prokop/ Twitter)

First openly gay, NHL-contracted player gained insight from B.C. agent

Nashville prospect Luke Prokop consulted Bayne Pettinger before coming out

Calgary Hitmen defenceman and Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop became the first player under an NHL contract to come out as gay when he made the announcement on July 19. (Photo courtesy of Luke Prokop/ Twitter)
This Jan. 6, 2019, file photo shows Arizona Coyotes defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

Canucks send No. 9 pick to Coyotes, receive Ekman-Larsson, Garland in blockbuster deal

Trade also includes Vancouver forwards Jay Beagle, Loui Eriksson and Antoine Roussel

This Jan. 6, 2019, file photo shows Arizona Coyotes defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)
Athletes from Canada walk during the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Athletes from Canada walk during the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Olympic Roundup: Small, enthusiastic contingent represents Canada at opening ceremony

The Canadians waved to their fellow athletes already gathered on the stadium floor, and the few people in the stands

Athletes from Canada walk during the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Athletes from Canada walk during the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)