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Team Canada’s Sophie de Goede lines up for a penalty kick against Team Italy during second half test match rugby action at Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Sunday, July 24, 2022. Victoria's de Goede will lead Canada at the Women's Rugby World Cup. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Coach says Canadian women are on the rise ahead of Rugby World Cup in New Zealand

Canadian women placed fifth at the last World Cup, in 2017 in Ireland

Team Canada’s Sophie de Goede lines up for a penalty kick against Team Italy during second half test match rugby action at Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Sunday, July 24, 2022. Victoria's de Goede will lead Canada at the Women's Rugby World Cup. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, competes against Liudmila Samsonova, of Russia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, competes against Liudmila Samsonova, of Russia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
Indigenous community members, international delegates and Victoria Forum organizers sit for a photo next to a hand-carved paddle, designed by Darlene Gait of Esquimalt (Xwsepsum) Nation, inside the University of Victoria’s First Peoples House. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Vancouver Island First Nations look to sports for reconciliation

International declaration seeks to advance truth, respect, reconciliation through sport

Indigenous community members, international delegates and Victoria Forum organizers sit for a photo next to a hand-carved paddle, designed by Darlene Gait of Esquimalt (Xwsepsum) Nation, inside the University of Victoria’s First Peoples House. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Montreal Alouettes quarterback Vernon Adams Jr.runs with the ball against the Ottawa Redblacks during second half CFL football action in Montreal, Monday, October 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

B.C. Lions acquire veteran quarterback Adams from Montreal Alouettes

The B.C. Lions acquired veteran quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. from the Montreal…

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Vernon Adams Jr.runs with the ball against the Ottawa Redblacks during second half CFL football action in Montreal, Monday, October 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Cowichan Axis FC’s Connor Crichton settles the ball in front of a trio of Oak defenders including (from left) Isaac Bell, Raymond Sam, and Cole Lawrence during McGavin Cup play, Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Sherman Road turf. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Cowichan Axis FC punch ticket to McGavin Cup final

Cowichan Oak FC bows out in the semi-finals

Cowichan Axis FC’s Connor Crichton settles the ball in front of a trio of Oak defenders including (from left) Isaac Bell, Raymond Sam, and Cole Lawrence during McGavin Cup play, Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Sherman Road turf. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Kelly Pannek of USA celebrates with Hannah Bilka and Hilary Knight after scoring the 2-2 during The IIHF World Championship Woman’s ice hockey match between Canada and USA in Herning, Denmark, Tuesday, Aug 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix via AP

Five-goal outburst propels U.S. to 5-2 win over Canada in women’s world hockey action

Americans ended Canada’s run of wins against them at five straight

Kelly Pannek of USA celebrates with Hannah Bilka and Hilary Knight after scoring the 2-2 during The IIHF World Championship Woman’s ice hockey match between Canada and USA in Herning, Denmark, Tuesday, Aug 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix via AP
Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, reacts after a shot from Harmony Tan, of France, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, in New York. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/John Minchillo

Andreescu advances to second round at US Open with three-set win over Tan

Ontario 22-year-old and 2019 champion, improved her all-time U.S. Open record to 11-1

Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, reacts after a shot from Harmony Tan, of France, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, in New York. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/John Minchillo
Cyclists compete in a past edition of the Belgian Waffle Ride, which will make its Canadian debut in the Cowichan Valley in May 2023. (Jake Orness/BWR Photo Pool)

Belgian Waffle Ride to make its Canadian debut in Cowichan Valley

Multi-surface cycling challenge coming in May 2023

  • Aug 29, 2022
Cyclists compete in a past edition of the Belgian Waffle Ride, which will make its Canadian debut in the Cowichan Valley in May 2023. (Jake Orness/BWR Photo Pool)
Coach Naomi Walser and players Anikka MacDonald and Elora Waardenburg made history as the first silver medallists in Canada Summer Games girls box lacrosse history. (Submitted by Naomi Walser)

Huge Canada Summer Games medal haul for Cowichan Valley athletes

No one comes home from Niagara empty-handed

  • Aug 28, 2022
Coach Naomi Walser and players Anikka MacDonald and Elora Waardenburg made history as the first silver medallists in Canada Summer Games girls box lacrosse history. (Submitted by Naomi Walser)
Canada’s Paige Farries scores a try in Senior Women’s 15s test match rugby first half action against Wales in Halifax on Saturday, August 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Canada’s rugby women win Wales 31-3, last warm-up match before World Cup

Next up is the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand starting on Oct. 8

Canada’s Paige Farries scores a try in Senior Women’s 15s test match rugby first half action against Wales in Halifax on Saturday, August 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
United States’ David Still attempts too tackle Canada’s Josiah Morra during their Los Angeles rugby sevens series pool match at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Canada drops all 3 games at L.A. Rugby Sevens

Canada will play in a 9th place qualifier on Sunday

United States’ David Still attempts too tackle Canada’s Josiah Morra during their Los Angeles rugby sevens series pool match at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Nanaimo Timbermen players Evan Messenger, left, and Nate Wade check Langley Thunder opponent Dane Dobbie during Saturday’s WLA playoff game in the Fraser Valley. (Langley Events Centre photo)

Nanaimo Timbermen drop Western Lacrosse Association final to Langley Thunder

Thunder beat T-men 11-5 to win Western Lacrosse Association finals, four games to one

Nanaimo Timbermen players Evan Messenger, left, and Nate Wade check Langley Thunder opponent Dane Dobbie during Saturday’s WLA playoff game in the Fraser Valley. (Langley Events Centre photo)
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Cowichan Capitals announce 3 additions to coaching staff

BCHL club names skills, strength and conditioning, and goalie coaches

  • Aug 28, 2022
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The Penticton Vees revealed a new logo and colour scheme ahead of the 2022-2023 season Friday, Aug. 26. (Penticton Vees, Twitter)

B.C. Hockey League’s Langley Rivermen poke fun at new Penticton Vees logo

The Vees’ new logo marks the team’s first major rebrand in 18 years

The Penticton Vees revealed a new logo and colour scheme ahead of the 2022-2023 season Friday, Aug. 26. (Penticton Vees, Twitter)
Tyson Roe leads the charge for England at the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Langley. Roe was named MVP at the 2022 European Box Lacrosse Championships this summer. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Thunder lacrosse products experience success far and wide

Players make their mark at international, senior, junior and U14 marks

  • Aug 27, 2022
Tyson Roe leads the charge for England at the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Langley. Roe was named MVP at the 2022 European Box Lacrosse Championships this summer. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
B.C. Lions' Ben Hladik, left, and Jordan Williams, back right, tackle Saskatchewan Roughriders' Kian Schaffer-Baker during the first half of CFL football game action in Vancouver on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Fajardo bounces back as Roughriders roll past Lions 23-16

The Riders improve to 6-5 for the season, while the Lions fall to 8-2

B.C. Lions' Ben Hladik, left, and Jordan Williams, back right, tackle Saskatchewan Roughriders' Kian Schaffer-Baker during the first half of CFL football game action in Vancouver on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Mike Daniels scored the winning goal and set up another in Cowichan Axis’s McGavin Cup quarter-final win over Saltspring United last Sunday. (Todd Blumel photo)

Cowichan soccer teams set for semifinal showdown

Axis and Oak win quarter-final matches, will meet up this Sunday at 5 p.m.

Mike Daniels scored the winning goal and set up another in Cowichan Axis’s McGavin Cup quarter-final win over Saltspring United last Sunday. (Todd Blumel photo)
Kerry Park minor hockey players Quinton and Nathan MacDonald pose with TSN World Junior Championship broadcasters James Duthie, Cheryl Pounder and Bob McKenzie at Rogers Place in Edmonton following Canada’s gold-medal win over Finland. (Submitted by Jackie MacDonald)

‘The greatest feeling’ as Kerry Park hockey players witness Canadian gold

McTavish’s game-saving play stands out for MacDonald brothers

Kerry Park minor hockey players Quinton and Nathan MacDonald pose with TSN World Junior Championship broadcasters James Duthie, Cheryl Pounder and Bob McKenzie at Rogers Place in Edmonton following Canada’s gold-medal win over Finland. (Submitted by Jackie MacDonald)
A runner makes his way from home to first during a game at the Gord Closson Oldtimers Fall Classic earlier this month. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan’s Closson Classic a wild success once again

Wheatsheaf wins fastball division, Chiefs win ortho

A runner makes his way from home to first during a game at the Gord Closson Oldtimers Fall Classic earlier this month. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, smiles during a “The Tennis Plays for Peace” exhibition match to raise awareness and humanitarian aid for Ukraine Wednesday, August 24, 2022, in New York. Leylah Fernandez and Bianca Andreescu learned their first-round opponents at the 2022 U.S. Open Thursday as the Canadians look to make another deep run at the final tennis major of the season. Fernandez, the highest seeded Canadian woman at No. 14, opens against France’s Oceane Dodin. Andreescu, who beat Williams in the 2019 final, opens against France’s Harmony Tan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Frank Franklin II

Path is set as Fernandez, Andreescu look for another deep U.S. Open run

Leylah Fernandez and Bianca Andreescu learned their first-round opponents at the 2022…

Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, smiles during a “The Tennis Plays for Peace” exhibition match to raise awareness and humanitarian aid for Ukraine Wednesday, August 24, 2022, in New York. Leylah Fernandez and Bianca Andreescu learned their first-round opponents at the 2022 U.S. Open Thursday as the Canadians look to make another deep run at the final tennis major of the season. Fernandez, the highest seeded Canadian woman at No. 14, opens against France’s Oceane Dodin. Andreescu, who beat Williams in the 2019 final, opens against France’s Harmony Tan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Frank Franklin II