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Sports in review – part two

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Attack of Danger Bay was a big event in May in Pender Harbour.

May

• The 22-hectare Sprockids Park managed by SCRD, celebrated its 20th year anniversary at Sprockids Fun Day with 250 participants. The overwhelming attendance of children and youth is a testament of the community support of the Sprockids program philosophy.

• The Coasters men’s soccer team coached by Sean Whalen won its division at Soccerfest in Squamish. The squad went 3-0 in the round robin to enter the playoffs as the number one seed in their division and won both the semifinal game and final in penalty shootouts.

• It was an incredibly successful weekend of mountain biking on the Coast as more than 220 racers took part in the cross country marathon, the 25 km cross country, and the kids’ race, while another 200-plus took part in the Mach Chicken downhill — all part of the annual Sunshine Coaster mountain bike race.

• After a one-year hiatus, the Simon Fraser University Clan women’s softball team was back on the Coast for a two-day skills clinic hosted by Sechelt Minor Softball. About 20 kids ranging from U8 to U16 take part in a pitching clinic, while more than 40 kids took part in a day-long skills clinic covering all aspects of the game from hitting and fielding, to bunting, base running and throwing.

• To be successful in life, whether it’s in your job or chosen sport, having a mentor to motivate you and push you to be the best can make a wolrd of difference.

For Mikayla Custance mentorship and motivators have certainly been keys to her recent success as a figure competitor and fitness model.

• The Sunshine Coast Scorpions had to settle for the silver medal after a tough 1-0 loss at the hands of the Surrey Ravens at the Coastal Cup finals in Richmond.

• Any longboarding event that can be considered a comparatively tame affair with only two notable injuries — in this case, a separated shoulder and a broken wrist —promises to be a thrilling affair indeed. Pender Harbour's asphalt hills were slick with rain and hints of motor oil, when the two top titles in the 11th annual Attack of Danger Bay longboarding event went to a league champion in the men's — and a rookie in the women's.

• An instrumental player in the Kootenay Ice's run to the Memorial Cup in 2011 was the latest recruit to the University of British Columbia (UBC) men's hockey program.

Winger Joe Antilla from Madeira Park committed to playing for the Thunderbirds in 2012-13.

June

• For the second straight year, the senior girls mountain bike team from Chatelech Secondary School are the best on the North Shore.

Emily Duncan Hansen, Kirsten Calder-Sutt and sisters Darby and Anita Olson dominated the field at the North Shore championships in Whistler.

• Sunshine Coast Skating Club member Caitlin Jarvis was taken totally unaware when she was awarded the BC Coast Regional STARSkate athlete of the year award and the BC/YT section (provincial) award. Both of these awards eventually paved the way to her being named the recipient of the Skate Canada National STARSkate athlete of the year award at the recent Skate Canada National annual general meeting and awards gala held in Vancouver.

• The Sunshine Coast Roller Girls (SCRG) are back and in full force to hit the flat track for the 2012/13 season. The SCRG held a recruitment drive in March and now has 29 members. They played their opening bout in early May against NWO from Chilliwack.

• Ten community volunteers were rewarded for their dedication to coaching and athletics as Sport BC handed out its Community Sport Hero Awards.

The award recipients represented a broad cross-section of sports from hockey and figure skating to volleyball, softball, soccer and sailing.

Awards were handed out to Tom Poulton and Brenda Rowe for hockey, Jill-Marie Jarvis and Lesleigh Farr for figure skating, Jan Richey and Dan Tsuji for volleyball, Sean Whalen for soccer and softball, Darren Smith for soccer and baseball, Eric Sullivan for Action Schools! BC and coaching basketball, track and field, volleyball and cross country and various schools on the Coast where he has taught and Carl Armstrong for sailing.

• Sechelt’s Shanti Thurber raced to a gold medal finish with the Shawnigan Lake School Junior Lightweight four-plus team at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Championships (CSSRA) in St. Catharines, Ont.

• Team Go Mama Go, Maude Leduc of Halfmoon Bay and Lisa Allen of Sechelt, placed first in the 'female' category and third overall in the 30km Sport Course, coming in at 4:31:14 at the second annual Atmosphere Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race (MOMAR) in Burnaby's Barnet Marine Park.

• The Sechelt Golf Course played host to a first-time event as Sunshine Coast Special Olympics played host to a regional qualifier. A total of 30 athletes from the North Shore, Vancouver, Delta and Burnaby competed in the event with Lindsay Pearson, Michael Brooks and Dustin Archer representing the Sunshine Coast. Lindsay finished third in the female division, while Michael was fourth and Dustin fifth in the men’s division.

• Up and coming downhill mountain bike racer Holly Feniak is working hard to earn her spot at the 2012 UCI World Championships in Leogang-Saalfelden, Austria, but she needs a little extra push from the community.

• Long time coach Ken Campbell was hired by the SCYSA as its new technical director. Campbell will be responsible for the development of Coast players and coaches in accordance with the Canadian Soccer Association’s (CSA) wellness to World Cup and long-term player development program. He will also be responsible for the development of a soccer academy here on the Coast.

July

• The Sunshine Coast Lacrosse Association was proud to announce that the Rapids midget ‘C’ team made it to the provincial championships.

• The 23rd annual Malaspina Regatta went off a day later than expected, but good things came to those who waited as the race was one for the history books.

• A gruelling test of endurance was only halfway through for riders of the BC Bike Race. The ultimate singletrack experience, now in its sixth year, blasted through the trails of the Sunshine Coast July 4 and 5 in day four and five of the epic seven-day race.

• The U13 Scorpions magical season came to a close in Aldergrove with a second place finish and a silver medal at the provincial soccer championships.

• Team Maycon from Gibsons won the tier two bantam championship with a 12-5 win over the New West Twins and Queens Park.

• Two clutch shots and lots of steady play helped Victoria’s Matthew Broughton come from three strokes back to claim the 2012 B.C. Junior Boys championship at the Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club.

• Five Coasters proved themselves to be real “Tough Mudders” in Whistler, where together they completed a half-marathon through a military-style obstacle course designed by the British Special Forces. April Qureshi, Russ Qureshi, Len Randle, Paola Stewart and Alan Stewart formed the Prudential Platoon. Together, the real estate coworkers completed the event, despite its promise to push the strength, stamina and camaraderie of its competitors.

• Sunshine Coast Boxing Club member Randy Hollett made a triumphant return to the ring winning his fight at the Cascades Casino in Langley. Hollett returned to the ring after a lengthy absence due to injury and a return of his thyroid cancer.

• Sunshine Coast athletes returned home after an impressive showing at the BC Summer Games in Surrey winning two gold medals in volleyball, one in wrestling, one in baseball and one in golf.

August

• Those in the local sailing community say their sport and the Town of Gibsons are a perfect fit. A years-long tradition has seen youth from the Coast take to the confines of Shoal Channel, learning to command the seas using wind power and personal might.

• Gibsons Ryan Dempster changed area codes after the Chicago Cubs traded the 35-year-old right-hander to the Texas Rangers just minutes before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31.

• The Gibsons Coho Kings captured the Logger’s Days fast pitch tournament in Squamish with an impressive 5-2 record.

• The Festival of the Rolling Arts landed at the Sechelt airstrip as the Sunshine Coast Drag Racing Association (SCDRA) hosted their summer race. The forecast was for hot, hot, hot weather and racers, spectators and volunteers were not disappointed. In fact, some of the approximately 1,000 attendees reported the weather was maybe just a bit too good.

• The Sunshine Coast Men’s Fastball League capped off a terrific season with the playoff tournament at Brothers Park in Gibsons. The Rain’er Shine Pirates came from behind in the final to beat the defending champs, Lon’s Gun show 12-6.

• A strong national and provincial mountain bike season propelled Gibsons Forrest Riesco to a trip to the world championships in Austria.

• Hawaii teams Team Primo and the Waikiki Beach Boys Canoe Club showed why they are some of the top paddlers in the world winning the men’s and women’s long course iron races at the 12th International Howe Sound Outrigger Race in Gibsons.

• The 37th annual Sunshine Coast Open Tennis Tournament was a smashing success. Perfect weather and playing conditions were the backdrop for some first-class tennis and a fantastic event. A total of 43 competitors competed in the five main draws. There were new faces this year, with competitors from several Lower Mainland tennis clubs.

• The Sunshine Coast was well represented in Burnaby at the BC Senior Games with Coast athletes excelling in the pool, on the track and in the water picking up 30 medals.

• More than 140 participants got a jump on the new hockey season during the three-week Sunshine Coast Hockey School at the Gibsons and Area Community Centre.


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