Junior B hockey returns to Nanaimo

Years of effort for owners Phil and Brenda Levesque finally paid off last spring when their expansion bid into the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League was accepted. The Buccaneers were placed in the North Division with Campbell River, Comox, and Oceanside. The club’s name is derived from the last Junior B team—of the same name—to … Continued

Lingerie football growing in Canada

Despite scanty attendance, the Lingerie Football League (LFL) is not going away: underwear-clad football is alive, and expanding to markets near you. In my last LFL story, I mentioned several major cities in Canada that were being courted as prospective venues for new franchises. After much debate, the new teams include the Saskatoon Sirens, Regina … Continued

Bob Lenarduzzi to speak at Annual Coaches Breakfast

Vancouver Whitecaps President and former Canadian National team player, Bob Lenarduzzi, will be the keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Coaches Breakfast, announced PacificSport Vancouver Island. The public is welcome to attend the event, which takes place Friday, Sept. 21 at the Coast Bastion in Nanaimo. The $25 ticket includes admission to the keynote presentation … Continued

VIU Yoga Instructor Welcomes Students to Open House

Bend Over Backwards Yoga: Yoga in the Iyengar Tradition is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. at 135 Machleary St. in Nanaimo. “We welcome everyone to this free event,” says studio owner-operator Kelly Murphy, who also teaches yoga at VIU for the Sport, Health, and Physical Education department. … Continued

Campus Rec Plans Exciting Semester

A new semester is upon us at VIU, and the midterms, papers, and projects are soon to follow. If exercise is your escape from textbooks, or you are looking for a fun way to meet fellow students, then look no further! Campus Rec has a great lineup of fitness classes, outdoor recreation, and special events … Continued

Not Just Another Day at the Park

On Friday, July 20 I was invited up to the press box of Nat Bailey Scotiabank Stadium to watch a Vancouver Canadians baseball game and was having the time of my life. I was to discover this would not be just another day at the park, as I found myself in the company of a … Continued

Mariners Host NCAA Teams in Exhibition Hoops

The VIU men’s basketball team had the exciting opportunity to host two Div. 1 NCAA clubs in exhibition play. The Northwestern State Demons and Cal State Northridge Matadors both visited Nanaimo to take on the Mariners during their preseason tours. The action began versus Northwestern on Aug. 14, falling 89–71 to the visitors. Greg Gillies … Continued

VIU Golf Tournament Registration Open

Registration for the third VIU Athletics Golf Tournament is now open. The annual event is a fundraiser for players and coaches of the Athletic department and raises money towards VIU scholarships. This year’s tournament will take place Thursday, Sept. 20 at Fairwinds Golf Club and features a shotgun start, 18-hole scramble. Participants of all skills … Continued

Will There Be an NHL Season?

It looks as though hockey fans may be forced to endure a second National Hockey League lockout in less than a decade. The Sept. 15 expiration date of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and its Players’ Association (NHLPA) is looming, and a substantial rift still remains between the two sides. So if … Continued

Mariners Pre-season Soccer Underway

A fresh season of VIU Mariners soccer is underway with both the men’s and women’s teams taking to the pitch for exhibition action. The VIU Nation could be in for an exciting season if these tune-up games are any indication. The ladies travelled south to kick off the pre-season, outscoring opponents 6–1 during their three-game … Continued

Wickenheiser leads Calgary to first CIS Championship

EDMONTON (CUP)Hayley Wickenheiser’s three Olympic gold medals just got some more company. The superstar of Canada’s Olympic Women’s Hockey team, and now a second-year Kinesiology student at the University of Calgary, can add a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) gold medal to her already packed trophy case. Wickenheiser’s team, the Calgary Dinos, downed the Montral Carabins … Continued

Baseball Basics

Though it doesn’t seem like it right now, baseball season is upon us. If you’re like me, you’re going to need a refresher course on the basic rules of the game. The basics of baseball are simple: nine players play various defensive positions with the goal of getting three “outs” on the other baseball team. … Continued

Mariners Win National Gold Medal in Volleyball

The VIU Women’s Mariners volleyball team started and finished their National tournament performance in the same place: first. They captured the gold medal at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association women’s volleyball championship on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Mariners started off the tournament against Halifax’s Mount Saint Vincent University on Mar. 8 and won all three … Continued

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