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A year of Sunshine Coast sports in review
Blues player Camilla Jenkins digs into the action against the TriCity Predators at the season’s first local tournament, organized by the Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Association.
In late January,
U-17 Storm rep boys soccer team defeats the previously undefeated Vancouver Fury, 2-0. Before that game, the Fury had let in just four goals all season. It’s announced in February that Sechelt volleyball player
Heather Benko, 17, will join her older sister Lorren with the University of New Brunswick REDS in the fall. The SD46 Sunshine Coast wrestling team
dedicates their season to their former coach Mr. George Richey, who had recently died. One Chatelech and seven Elphinstone Secondary School wrestlers head to the BC Provincial Championships Feb. 24-26.
Sunshine Coast Volleyball Club returns after a pandemic pause. But the driving force behind the club for 30 years, Jan Richey, has stepped back and Darren Causon has stepped up. The SCVC runs three clubs: 14U, 16U, 18U. Sandy Hook-raised
Magnus Manson returns to the downhill mountain biking scene with a sixth place finish among the downhill elite men during the 2022 Costa Rican Open Feb. 13 and rising to second place the following weekend in the Pan American Championships. Sunshine Coast Boxing Club’s Cam Longman, 23, wins a unanimous decision at the Bisla Boxing Club’s amateur event in Surrey March 11. It was Longman’s boxing debut.
Sechelt’s Gracey Hemstreet wins her first Junior Female World Cup in downhill mountain biking with a time of 3:30.852 in Lourdes, France on March 27.
The U13 Blues minor hockey team earns a hard-fought fourth place finish at the provincial championships after a spectacular season.
Custom Hawks wins the S.C. Adult Hockey League cup for the fourth year running on April 2. S.C. Skating Club competitive adult skater Tracy Parker is invited to the Krystal Cup in Ghent, Belgium with plans to compete at the ISU International Adult Competition in Oberstdorf, Germany after that. She wins both.
U14 Storm Girls win the Kelowna Ice Breaker soccer tourney soon after winning gold in Surrey’s Mayor Cup in March.
U14 Storm Boys win Kelowna’s Icebreaker Tournament as do the U16 Boys Storm, with a record of 3-0-1.
Sunshine Coast Volleyball Club’s U18 team go 5-1 at the BC Club Provincials at the Richmond Olympic Oval in April. Halfmoon Bay FC wins its
first Sunshine Coast Men’s Soccer League Tourney Cup since 1999 in April. Chinook Swim Club’s Eloise Allen
wins a bronze medal at the Canadian Swimming Trials in the junior category in Victoria in early April. At the Canadian Western Championships later that month she wins gold, silver and two bronze medals. Sunshine Coast Ultimate Disc Association holds its
first ever ultimate frisbee tournament on the Coast. The May 7 event at Shirley Macey Park sees 31 participants compete on four teams composed of players 12 and older. A team of coaches from Hollett’s Kickboxing & MMA
travel to Calgary to test their skills at the 2022 WKU Canadian National Kickboxing Championships. All five coaches secure spots on the national team for the world championships in Wales. Gracey Hemstreet
rides to her second world cup win – at the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William Scotland. Three shíshálh Nation youth (Rocky Nordvie and Janelle and Jada Sadler) are among 40 hockey players on Team BC at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Membertou, N.S. in May.
The BC team earns two bronze medals. The Sunshine Coast Junior Hockey Association starts a campaign to secure a
lower Coast franchise of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. Gibsons Paddle Club sees
six members compete in the World Sprint Championships at Dorney Lake, Windsor. Tamas Mihalyi qualifies to compete on Canada’s elite team in the single-canoe division. More than 380 SD46 students
attend their first track meet in two and a half years over the course of two days in May. Four Elphinstone Secondary School students – Alice Clements, Lia Trent, Ethan Sullivan and Dylan Drope –
compete in the national wrestling championships in Calgary in June. Sullivan wins bronze in freestyle and Greco. Trent wins a silver in Greco. Gracey Hemstreet comes
in third in her third Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup of the year, this time in Austria in June. shíshálh Nation’s Rocky Nordvie, 16,
signs onto the Port Alberni Bombers Junior B team for the 2022-23 season. Gibsons’s Thomas Johnston places
first in the Junior 105-kilogram weight class at the Canadian Powerlifting Union Nationals in St. John’s, NL, in May, securing his spot in the International Powerlifting Federation world championships in Turkey.
Tina Kaizer and teammates raise $12,500 for MS Society of Canada in a two-day bicycle ride through the Fraser Valley. Nearly 200 athletes attend Sechelt Minor Softball’s annual season-end tournament after a two-year pause over Father’s Day Weekend.
Malaspina Regatta returns for its 33rd year in Garden Bay with 27 sailboats. Hemstreet returns to the top of the podium at
her fourth Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup for downhill mountain biking this year, this time in Switzerland in July. The 30 C weather doesn’t deter a full draw from returning to the
47th Annual Sunshine Coast Tennis Tournament after COVID dormancy in late July. A camp counsellor
swims 31 kilometres from downtown Squamish to Gambier Island’s Camp Fircom in late August.
Ethan Sullivan, Matt Drope, Dylan Drope travel to Prince George for the BC Summer Games and all come back with medals. The Gibsons and Area Community Centre
is packed for two Pacific Junior Hockey League games Oct. 21 and 22 as the North Vancouver Wolf Pack take on Chilliwack Jets as the PJHL eyes the Coast for a franchise expansion. Christopher Ruck and Maddie Wilcock
win first place in the Club 420 Class at the Commodore’s Cup regatta in Vancouver. They’re among 10 sailors from the Gibsons Sailing Club who attended the competition. A record 40 horses and riders
participate in the Fraser Valley Hunt’s opening meet in Roberts Creek Nov. 6. The
U15A Blues capture gold at the Kerry Park Remembrance Day weekend tournament at Mill Bay on Vancouver Island. Dane Hanna (also known as
Danger Dane) becomes a two-time world champion in the 2022 World Skate Games Nov. 12 in San Juan, Argentina. Roberts Creek mixed martial arts fighter
Julia “The Jewel” Budd competes at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 25 as part of the Professional Fighters League World Championships event. Her opponent, Aspen Ladd, takes the win in a split decision. The
Chatelech Eagles senior basketball team kicks off their season by hosting the Sea to Sea to Sky Tournament and claiming the championship trophy in early December.
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