Triumph and devotion drive B.C.’s most inspirational sports stories of 2018

BLACK PRESS YEAR IN REVIEW

Triumph and devotion drive B.C.’s most inspirational sports stories of 2018

Athletes surmounted immigration, mental health challenges and more, to prove dedication to their sport

It was a triumphant year for B.C. athletes on the provincial, national and global stage. They not only reached for greatness through different disciplines, but also overcame their own personal barriers.

British Columbians overcame political obstacles to represent their country. British Columbians demonstrated dedication and honour to a sport they have devoted their entire life to. They proved through sport, that greatness will not be impeded. These are the most inspirational sports stories from around the province in 2018.

Comox’s golden girl

Comox freestyle skier Cassie Sharpe, 26, made her hometown proud when she won gold at the 2018 Pyeonchang Olympics in the ladies half pipe. Read more >

Whalley’s Little League World Series run ends in loss to Puerto Rico

With plenty of drama on and off the diamond, Whalley Little League represented Canada proudly at the Little League World Series. The baseball world watched as Dio Gama, one of the squad’s best young players, was initially prevented from joining his teammates in Pennsylvania due to immigration issues. Read more >

Paralympic dream for rider with cerebral palsy

Kim Scott was given a two percent chance of survival. Now, the Victoria-native para equestrian has her eyes set to represent Canada at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. “I can go anywhere I want to go and not worry about falling down or tripping or getting tired. The horses really are my legs some days.” Read more >

Ucluelet cheers Special Olympic gold medalist

As Ucluelet’s first Special Olympic athlete to compete at the national event, Maxtin Lengyel was greeted with cheers, hugs and high fives as he returned home as a gold medalist in the 200-metre race. Read more >

NHL official from Penticton celebrates 2,000th NHL regular season game

Shane Heyer admits “it’s been a fun journey” after 30 years, millions of air miles and 2,000 NHL regular season games wearing the stripes. Read more >

Blind Ambition: Abbotsford man plays on despite vision disability

Brian Mackie was never picked first growing up, but that has not stopped him from pursuing his passion of hockey. Read more >

Skidegate hosts first Pacific Unity basketball series

From Tonga, Hawai’I, Aoteraoa/New Zealand and Skeena River, youth basketball players landed in Skidegate for the first-ever Pacific Unity U22 Summer Series. Read more >

Sky’s the limit for Stó:lō soccer player Bruce Silver

Silver’s rise through the soccer world wasn’t easy. Teams can be political, and undercurrents of racism still exist. Read more >

Owls QB on historic championship win: ‘We’re a well rounded team’

The Kelowna Secondary School Owls became the first junior varsity football team in the Okanagan to win the provincial championships. Read more >

Fernie Ghostriders welcomed home in front of sold out crowd

The Ghostriders celebrated victory after winning for the first time at the Fernie Memorial Arena after a tragic ammonia leak shut down the arena and struck the community. Read more >

Alberni dominates at home wrestling championships

Nine Alberni District Secondary School wrestlers made it to their respective finals, with three taking home the gold. The wins marked the first time in 20 years that ADSS has won the boys’ provincial banner. Read more >

Engineering technologist earns way to Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and entry is limited. Parksville’s Gordon Chilton he was one of 30,000 runners who qualified. Read more >

Sedin twins wrap up stellar NHL careers

It will be a confusing time in British Columbia, having to cheer on the Vancouver Canucks without Daniel and Henrik Sedin. B.C. fans said tearful goodbyes to the twins earlier this year as they marked their last season. Read more >

Surrey Eagles honour former player, Humboldt Broncos crash victim

Jaxon Joseph played for the Eagles in the 2015-16 season, prior to his death in the horrific bus crash that involved Saskatchewan Junior A team the Humboldt Broncos. Read more >

B.C. veteran uses boxing, coaching and farming to combat PTSD

After returning from Afghanistan, Quesnel’s Cam Tetrault found solace in farming. Oftentimes, Tetrault would skip from the farm to the gym, as he said the gym “really helped me with my PTSD to be accepted and it’s motivating to be there.” Read more >


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Grade 12 graduates Jada Touchie, Timothy Masso and Brendan Brown are all smiles after receiving their Goodies for the Grads gift packs thanks to a small neighbourhood grant from the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust. (Nora O’Malley photo)
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From left, Ahousaht First Nation Hereditary Chief Richard George presents a $10,000 cheque to Tofino Hatchery manager Doug Palfrey alongside Tyler Huebner of TCH Contracting The funds will go towards rebuilding Cypre river Chinook. (Carallyn Bowes photo)
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This rendering shows the potential layout for a 40-unit staff housing cooperative being proposed by the Pac Rim Home Development Cooperative in Ucluelet. (Image from www.prhdc.ca)
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“We’re looking at it as if it’s like a resort for employees”

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Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
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More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.’s Indigenous language, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

Conclusion: federal help should be on the condition airlines immediately refund Canadian travellers

Green party Leader Annamie Paul speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Paul has survived another day of party strife after a planned ouster shifted course, leaving her with a tenuous grip on power ahead of a likely federal election this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
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