B.C. Lions star teaches technique

NANAIMO – B.C. Lions’ star running back holds second annual skills camp in Nanaimo in March.

B.C. Lions player Andrew Harris hands off the ball to a V.I. Raiders player during a football camp in Nanaimo in 2010. Harris will be holding a skills camp for children ages 7-14 in March.

B.C. Lions player Andrew Harris hands off the ball to a V.I. Raiders player during a football camp in Nanaimo in 2010. Harris will be holding a skills camp for children ages 7-14 in March.

Andrew Harris has awards and records, and he also has a ton of football knowledge to share.

The B.C. Lions’ star running back is holding his second annual skills camp in Nanaimo in March after receiving only positive feedback at last year’s camp.

“It seemed like it was a great experience for everyone that attended,” Harris said. “It’s pretty amazing to see how the kids reacted to me and a lot of the players. It was a lot of fun for me … When you tell a kid to do something and then they do it and you can see that it’s working, that right there is so rewarding.”

This year’s camp is scheduled for March 15-16 at Comox Field, located on the corner of Campbell and Prideaux streets. Children ages 7-14 can participate in the circuit skills camp that will offer instruction across all positions.

“We work on fundamentals the first day and then kind of get into the more particular skills,” Harris said. “It’s giving these kids an eye opener, some different things they might have never done before, and polishing up those things that they do know.”

Harris is coming off an all-star season in which he set a new CFL record for yards from scrimmage by a Canadian player. They’re proud of him in his hometown of Winnipeg, they cheer him in Vancouver, and he still chooses to hold his camps in the Harbour City.

“Nanaimo is where I kind of blossomed as a football player,” Harris said. “So it’s to come back and give back, in a sense. And I always love coming back to Nanaimo and this kind of gives me an excuse to be back there for a couple of days.”

GRID BITS … Cost to register for the camp is $80, which includes a camp jersey. To register, please click here.


Just Posted

An event on the lawn of the B.C. legislature in Victoria on Tuesday to remember the 215 children whose remains were confirmed buried in unmarked graves outside a Kamloops residential school. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Canada’s racist systems cannot ever be forgiven

Teen letter writer from Nunavut calls for truth and reconciliation

Nanaimo is the first city in Canada to subscribe to the Chonolog environment photo-monitoring system, which allow residents to contribute photos of habitat restoration projects that are converted to time lapse sequences showing environmental changes. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)
Nanaimo residents invited to be citizen scientists by sharing habitat restoration photos

Nanaimo first city in Canada to sign up for Chronolog environment photo monitoring service

Regional District of Nanaimo is seeking input from the public for its transit redevelopment strategy. (News Bulletin file)
Public input sought as RDN works on transit redevelopment strategy

RDN wants to know where people want bus stops, shelters and pedestrian and cycling connections

Douglas Holmes, current Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District chief administrative officer, is set to take on that position at the Regional District of Nanaimo come late August. (Submitted photo)
Regional District of Nanaimo’s next CAO keen to work on building partnerships

Douglas Holmes to take over top administrator role with RDN this summer

(PQB News file photo)
Fireworks report highlights enforcement challenges for Regional District of Nanaimo

Director: ‘I just think it’s wasting everybody’s time’

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps near Nanaimo

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Most Read