Local Sports

North Okanagan Pee Wee Legends Seyja Manson (from left), Halle Harty, Summer Kayle, Bailey Kayle, Jordan Payton and Nicole Payton recently made local minor lacrosse history, becoming the first girls to play as a line together on the floor. (Contributed)

North Okanagan lacrosse girls stand tall against boys’ taunting

Six girls on Legends’ team make local history, becoming first all-girls line to play together in a game

 

Onlookers gathered at the Okanagan Heritage Museum on June 14 for the announcement of the 2022 Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame inductees. (Jake Courtepatte/Capital News)

Newest class announced for Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame

‘Mr. Basketball’ among the four inductees

 

The UBC Thunderbirds (white) will play the Calgary Dinos (red) in the first Canadian U-Sports football game to be held in the North Okanagan. The Kalamalka Bowl, as the pre-season game is being billed, will be played Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. (Rich Lam - UBC Athletics)

Okanagan city to host Canadian university football exhibition game

UBC Thunderbirds will play the Calgary Dinos Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park

 

Vernon Paralympian wheelchair curler Sonja Gaudet (right) was officially inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in Vancouver Thursday, June 9, as a member of the Classes of 2020 and 2021. (File photo)

Okanagan wheelchair curler draws spot in B.C. Sports Hall of Fame

Sonja Gaudet of Vernon was originally elected in 2020 but officially inducted Thursday, June 9

Vernon Paralympian wheelchair curler Sonja Gaudet (right) was officially inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in Vancouver Thursday, June 9, as a member of the Classes of 2020 and 2021. (File photo)
Mayor John Vassilaki was among those to speak at the Penticton Golf and Country Club’s 100th-anniversary party on Saturday, June 11. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: Okanagan golf course celebrates 100th birthday

The club was formed after the Kettle Valley Railway suggested it would attract more tourists

Mayor John Vassilaki was among those to speak at the Penticton Golf and Country Club’s 100th-anniversary party on Saturday, June 11. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Dragon boat competitors from Kelowna and Penticton take to Skaha Lake for the Interior's first official race of 2022. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

VIDEO: Okanagan dragon boat racers return to Penticton for first race of 2022

The 13th annual Okanagan Super Sprints and 5th Senior Sprints took place from June 10 to 11

Dragon boat competitors from Kelowna and Penticton take to Skaha Lake for the Interior's first official race of 2022. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
(Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Hundreds of athletes from Okanagan Super Sprints take to Penticton’s Skaha Lake

The 13th edition of the event is hosted by the Penticton Dragonboat Festival

(Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Vernon’s Matthew Kreutz finished in the top-50 at the season-opening PGA TOUR Canada event in Victoria. (File photo)

Vernon golfer in top-50 at PGA Tour Canada event

Matthew Kreutz ties for 46th spot at Royal Beach Victoria Open; Bryce Barker misses cut

Vernon’s Matthew Kreutz finished in the top-50 at the season-opening PGA TOUR Canada event in Victoria. (File photo)
Riley Martin, left, joined by his coach Naomi Antler after becoming the first Canadian in his para classification to complete the 400-metre individual medley. (Submitted)

Okanagan swimmer overcomes the odds to make Canadian history

Riley Martin competes for Penticton’s KISU Swim Club

Riley Martin, left, joined by his coach Naomi Antler after becoming the first Canadian in his para classification to complete the 400-metre individual medley. (Submitted)
(Photo - Golf Canada)

UBC Okanagan women swing to bronze at nationals

It’s the first national medal in club history

(Photo - Golf Canada)
(Photo - Jordy Cunningham/Kelowna Capital News)

Ex-Canuck and World Series champ in Kelowna slow-pitch tourney

The Heart of a Warrior tournament is meant to raise awareness for mental health and advocacy

(Photo - Jordy Cunningham/Kelowna Capital News)
Nick Kollias in his backyard in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)

‘Soccer is my religion’: Nick Kollias built up the game he loves in northern B.C.

As a child in Greece, Kollias was gifted a soccer ball and the rest is history

Nick Kollias in his backyard in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)
Coldstream’s Jacob Brayshaw, 19, has been named to Team Canada that will compete at the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships June 12-18 in Madeira, Portugal. (Contributed)

Okanagan swimmer to make World Para Championships debut

Coldstream’s Jacob Brayshaw will compete in one individual event and maybe a pair of relays in Portugal

Coldstream’s Jacob Brayshaw, 19, has been named to Team Canada that will compete at the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships June 12-18 in Madeira, Portugal. (Contributed)
Vernon’s Popmode Board Supply is presenting its first-ever Best Trick Series, a skateboarding competition series that will kick off in Coldstream Friday, June 3, 2022. (Pixabay photo)

‘Bring your A game’: Okanagan board shop creates skateboard competition series

Popmode Board Supply’s first-ever Best Tricks Series will kick off in Coldstream Friday, June 3

Vernon’s Popmode Board Supply is presenting its first-ever Best Trick Series, a skateboarding competition series that will kick off in Coldstream Friday, June 3, 2022. (Pixabay photo)
Skateboarder James Clarke will be participating in the Generations Skateboard Society’s first 7 Generations Cup next month. (Ryan Clark/Special to Langley Advance Times)

B.C. welcomes world’s best skateboarders

Indigenous-hosted pro skateboarding event coming to Langley for the first time

Skateboarder James Clarke will be participating in the Generations Skateboard Society’s first 7 Generations Cup next month. (Ryan Clark/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Sasha Hackman from Vernon’s North Valley Gymnastics Society was among the medal winners from the club that competed at the Grizzly Invitational meet May 13-15 in Kelowna. (Contributed)

Vernon gymnasts shine in Kelowna

North Valley Society sends 20 members to three-day invitational meet and put up impressive results

Sasha Hackman from Vernon’s North Valley Gymnastics Society was among the medal winners from the club that competed at the Grizzly Invitational meet May 13-15 in Kelowna. (Contributed)
The North Valley Gymnastics Society of Vernon, which lost its 31st Street facility to an Oct. 31, 2021 fire, has been given a temporary home at the former Whitevale Elementary School gym beginning July 1. (Contributed)

Vernon School District vaults gymnastics club into new home

Vernon school district offers North Valley Gymnastics former Whitevale Elementary gym to society

The North Valley Gymnastics Society of Vernon, which lost its 31st Street facility to an Oct. 31, 2021 fire, has been given a temporary home at the former Whitevale Elementary School gym beginning July 1. (Contributed)
The Penticton Vees celebrate winning the BCHL championship after sweeping the Nanaimo Clippers, winning Game 4 at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena. (Greg Sakaki/Black Press Media)

Come out and welcome home the BCHL Champions in Penticton

The Penticton Vees will return home from Nanaimo at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The Penticton Vees celebrate winning the BCHL championship after sweeping the Nanaimo Clippers, winning Game 4 at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena. (Greg Sakaki/Black Press Media)
Vernon Iron Ghost Construction Tigers forward Kael Black (10) tries to avoid a check from Thorden Groeneveld of Kamloops during the Venom’s 13-7 win in the Tigers’ Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League home opener Saturday, May 14, at Kal Tire Place. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Kamloops Venom take bite out of Vernon Tigers

Visiting Venom score 13-7 win in Tigers’ Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League home opener

Vernon Iron Ghost Construction Tigers forward Kael Black (10) tries to avoid a check from Thorden Groeneveld of Kamloops during the Venom’s 13-7 win in the Tigers’ Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League home opener Saturday, May 14, at Kal Tire Place. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
Penticton resident Diane Nielsen (third to right) was inducted into the Skate Canada British Columbia/Yukon Hall of Fame on April 30. (Photo- Skate Canada, BC/YK Section)

Okanagan resident left speechless after Skate Canada B.C. Hall of Fame induction

Diane Nielsen was inducted into the builder category after 50 years of serving the community

Penticton resident Diane Nielsen (third to right) was inducted into the Skate Canada British Columbia/Yukon Hall of Fame on April 30. (Photo- Skate Canada, BC/YK Section)