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Sports in review – part three

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The Sunshine Coast was home to a world mountain biking champion. Seventeen-year-old Holly Feniak captured the junior women’s world mountain biking title with a blistering run at the UCI World Championships in Leogang-Saalfelden, Austria.

September

• The Sunshine Coast was home to a world mountain biking champion. Seventeen-year-old Holly Feniak captured the junior women’s world mountain biking title with a blistering run at the UCI World Championships in Leogang-Saalfelden, Austria.

• After a successful junior and college career, Halfmoon Bay’s David Arduin was trading in some of his equipment for a coaches’ whistle. Arduin, who returned to the Coast the week of Aug. 13 for the Sunshine Coast Hockey School, returned to Geneseo, the State University of New York to begin his coaching career as an assistant with the same team he just graduated from.

• The future of junior golf on the Sunshine Coast is a bright one thanks to strong junior golf program at the Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club that is growing in leaps and bounds. More than 400 kids, ages four to 12 many of them getting their first taste of the golfing experience, took part in the Golf in School’s program from March through May. The program is run in partnership with Coast schools, and the students get three, one-hour sessions of game instruction.

• The Sunshine Coast Youth Soccer Association kicked off its new season in a big way with a Vancouver Whitecaps skills camp at Kinnikinnick Park in Sechelt. The two-day camp saw close to 800 kids from ages three to 18 in all divisions of the SCYSA House League take part.

• Team Red captained by head pro Mike Hobson and Chris Lutes defeated Team Black captained by Kevin Krake and Blake Mithrush 16-12 to claim the Morgan Cup at the Sechelt Golf Club. The event, held over the Labour Day long weekend, is a memorial event hosted by the club in honour of John Morgan.

• The Elphinstone senior girls volleyball team started its 2012 season with a ninth place finish at the Mizuno UBC Invitational tournament.

October

• Years of travelling to the Lower Mainland for practices and games, late nights, homework on the ferries and little time for much else are small sacrifices for Gibsons’ Megan Olsen who is hoping to land a full-ride scholarship to play softball and go to school in the U.S.

• The Sunshine Coast Sockeye water polo club took the B division crown at the recent UBC Fall Classic water polo tournament. The Sockeye defeated the Calgary Masters by one goal in the final to post an undefeated record in the tournament of three wins and one tie.

• The Elphi senior girls volleyball team captured gold at a 40-team tournament at UBC Okanagan going undefeated in the process.

• Sechelt’s Katie Woodburn travelled to train in equestrian and better master her field and chosen sport.

• In the main event at the Cascades Casino in Langley, Gibsons George Vourtsis defended his City Boxing welterweight title with a first round TKO over Vancouver’s Jerick Brown.

• The learn to sail (LTS) program was a great success this year with 95 kids enjoying their time on the water, registration was strong with some students being turned away from full sessions.

• The Sunshine Coast Roller Girls reversed the curse putting their own hex on the Voodoo Derby Dollz from Chilliwack in an impressive 161-136 roller derby win before more than 200 enthusiastic fans at the Sunshine Coast Arena in Sechelt.

• Stuart Richey from Roberts Creek helped lead the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack men’s volleyball team to a gold medal at the Thunderball tournament at the University of British Columbia.

November

• A record setting number of young ladies took to the ice through the Hockey HEROS program, which is in its fourth year on the Coast. The program at the Gibsons and Area Community Centre, had 29 elementary school students signed up and almost half of them are girls.

• The Elphinstone Cougars girls’ volleyball team was working hard to maintain its number two ranking as its league schedule wrapped up.

The Cougars had only lost two sets and one match. They were 14-0 in North Shore league play (with two league matches remaining) and had won several tournaments including a 16-team event in Burnaby.

• Add to more banners to the gym at Elphinstone Secondary School.

The senior and junior girls picked up a pair of North Shore championships with impressive wins in their respective league finals.

• The hard work being put in by Sunshine Coast Boxing Club members continued to pay off with a number of strong showings at the Combative Sports B.C. amateur event in Langley. Jenelle Lawson won in her competitive debut, George Vourtsis successfully defended his City Boxing Title belt and Randy Hollett lost a close split-decision fight to a Port Kells fighter in the second match-up between the two fighters this year. Both registered a win.

• The Elphinstone senior and junior girls were seeking provincial glory at respective provincial championships after qualifying at a pair of tournaments in Vancouver.

• Roberts Creek’s Gary Pennington won his eighth senior baseball World Series ring with the San Diego Padres 70-plus team winning the latest title at the 25th anniversary of the Senior World Series in Phoenix.

• Brody Robertson’s hard work paid off with a second place finish in the men’s physique-tall class at the British Columbia Amateur Bodybuilding Association’s Sandra Wickham Fall Classic at the Massey Theatre in New West.

• The Elphinstone junior girls capped its volleyball season with an 11th place finish at the provincial championships in South Delta.

December

• The Chinook Swim Club hosted its first fun meet on the year at the Sechelt Aquatic Centre with its sister club the Harbour Seals in attendance. This has been a busy year rebuilding the club membership, which now sees the club at 40 members hailing from Halfmoon Bay to Gibsons. Swimmers range in age from seven to 18.

• The Elphinstone senior girls picked up a bronze medal finishing third overall in the province at the AA girls volleyball championships in Nanaimo.

• There may be no NHL, but there is great minor hockey action right here on the Coast featuring local talent in the Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Association, especially in the peewee division where the rep and house teams were off to great starts.

• Six boys’ teams, and 22 girls’ teams vied for School District No. 46 volleyball honors and it appears that the Roberts Creek dynasty may be subsiding as new champions were declared in both tournaments.

• Despite a cold wet morning, 85 people signed up for the inaugural Holiday Hustle 5k and 2k, a fundraiser for the Chatelech Secondary School band Hawaii Tour 2013 and the Elves Club.


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