Some of Nanaimo’s most notable athletes in 2016 were Tylar Turnbull

Sports stories of the year

The News Bulletin looks back at the Nanaimo sports happenings that headlined 2016.

Sports can bring some pretty special moments. Like a provincial championship football game, at B.C. Place stadium, with Barsby and NDSS teams lining up across from each other.

The B.C. junior football final this month was one of the sports stories of the year in the city. And there were so many others.

The biggest and best sporting event held in Nanaimo in 2016 was the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships in June at Rotary Bowl stadium. It was athleticism, activity and colour like the track has never seen.

It was a terrific year for champions. There were a host of VIU Mariners gold medallists – the women’s volleyball team won nationals, the men’s and women’s basketball teams swept B.C. titles and then the women’s soccer side won a provincial crown, too.

Among the younger provincial champs were the aforementioned Nanaimo District Islanders in football, the Nanaimo Buccaneers in U18 baseball and the Upper Island Storm in soccer.

It’s hard to choose athletes of the year, but a few come to mind, including Tylar Turnbull, VIU volleyball captain; and Sheldon Rempal, the Nanaimo Clippers star who torched BCHL goalies for 59 goals. Hall of fame wheelchair racer Michelle Stilwell added two more gold medals at a perfect Paralympics.

Other athletes who stood out included curler Marika Van Osch, basketball player Hayden Jeffrey, judoka Alicia Fiandor, sprinter Hassy Fashina-Bombata, rower Meg Montgomery and football player Dustin Rodriguez. And there are countless other honourable mentions – basketball, volleyball and lacrosse players, gymnasts and boxers and more.

It was the sort of year that makes a sports fan feel appreciative, and also anxious to see what’s in store in 2017.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Council’s special-interest projects boosting property taxes too high

City council should keep in mind its core services when budgeting, says letter writer

Colour and culture being painted onto plaza stairs in downtown Nanaimo

City commissions Humanity in Art muralists for ‘artistic intervention’ project

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses claim against Island Corridor Foundation

Snaw-Naw-As (Nanoose) First Nation was seeking return of reserve land as railway sits unused

Nanaimo’s newest skatepark now open for use in Harewood

Harewood Centennial Park amenity opens on schedule

Column: Sustainable society based on foundational services

Services tied to local populations puts sustainability above growth, says columnist

Man who rammed gate near Trudeau residence with truck faces multiple charges

The man, who police have not yet officially identified, will be charged with multiple offences

All community COVID-19 outbreaks declared over in B.C.

Abbotsford manufacturer cleared by Dr. Bonnie Henry

Kelowna RCMP commander calls for more nurses during wellness checks after complaint

Southeast District Commander wants to increase Police and Crisis Team program

‘Tarantula moth’ spotted in broad daylight on Vancouver Island

Polyphemus moths are one of the largest insects in B.C.

B.C. First Nations vow to keep fighting after Trans Mountain pipeline appeal denied

Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band made the application

‘Queue jumpers’ not welcome in B.C. as COVID-19 U.S. cases rise: Horgan

Premier Horgan said he’s heard concerns that Americans have stopped at Vancouver hotels instead of heading to their destination

US officer resigns after photos, connected to death of black man in 2019, surface

Elijah McClain died, last summer, after police placed him in a chokehold

Black worker files discrimination complaint against Facebook

Oscar Veneszee, Jr. has worked as an operations program manager at Facebook since 2017

Most Read