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Canada West has officially cancelled all fall sports in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada West cancels fall sports due to COVID-19

B.C. student athletes at seven universities impacted by cancellation, more cancellations possible

Canada West has officially cancelled all fall sports in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When the baseball scoreboards light up again, Matt Simpson of Chemainus will be a happy man because that means game action will be underway again. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Simpson staying sharp for the baseball call

Pirates’ Chemainus player scraps initial plans for Houghton College in New York

When the baseball scoreboards light up again, Matt Simpson of Chemainus will be a happy man because that means game action will be underway again. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Working on her balance can be done anywhere so Brooklyn Stobbe takes advantage of some garage space at home. (Photo submitted)

Crofton gymnast maintains personal training regimen

Stobbe overcomes hamstring, toe injuries but not in time to compete again before COVID shutdown

Working on her balance can be done anywhere so Brooklyn Stobbe takes advantage of some garage space at home. (Photo submitted)
Chemainus’ Doug Groenendijk finds himself on a long hard climb during his time in Europe in the Austrian Alps on a mountain called Grosser Bösenstein. (Photos submitted)

Pro volleyball stint in Austria an amazing experience for Chemainus product

Player’s time cut short by COVID-19 but not before enjoying many friendships and memories

Chemainus’ Doug Groenendijk finds himself on a long hard climb during his time in Europe in the Austrian Alps on a mountain called Grosser Bösenstein. (Photos submitted)
Tony Smith of Chemainus ready for his tee time at Mount Brenton Golf Course. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Golfers enjoying their time back on the course

Mount Brenton Golf Course a busy place for people to unwind after reopening Friday

Tony Smith of Chemainus ready for his tee time at Mount Brenton Golf Course. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Union de Reyes facing the Cowichan Valley Mustangs at Evans Park in Duncan during its visit to Vancouver Island in 2018. (File photo)

Cuban baseball journey takes a different twist for Island players

Touring team prevented from any game action at the start of COVID-19 restrictions

Union de Reyes facing the Cowichan Valley Mustangs at Evans Park in Duncan during its visit to Vancouver Island in 2018. (File photo)
Mount Brenton Golf Course is opening up to members again Friday. Guests are welcome to begin playing again next Monday. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Mount Brenton opts to resume play on Friday for members

Golf courses opening up again amid COVID-19 safety measures

Mount Brenton Golf Course is opening up to members again Friday. Guests are welcome to begin playing again next Monday. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Mike Vandekamp is moving on after two years as head coach and GM of the Cowichan Valley Capitals. (File photo by Cowichan Valley Citizen)

Vandekamp moving on from Cowichan Capitals

Head coach returns to AJHL’s Grande Prairie Storm

Mike Vandekamp is moving on after two years as head coach and GM of the Cowichan Valley Capitals. (File photo by Cowichan Valley Citizen)
Doc Lewis Park will remain empty for now. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus & District Baseball Association season on hold due to COVID-19

Shouts of Play Ball! would normally have started being heard next week

Doc Lewis Park will remain empty for now. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Pat Kay displays the trophy from the 2017 Singapore Sevens during a visit to the Cowichan Rugby Football Club later that spring. Kay and the Canadian men’s sevens team qualified for the 2020 Olympics, which have now been postponed to 2021. (Citizen file)

Duncan’s Pat Kay copes with Olympic roller-coaster

‘Confusing time’ as Canada pulls out due to COVID-19, followed by IOC postponement

Pat Kay displays the trophy from the 2017 Singapore Sevens during a visit to the Cowichan Rugby Football Club later that spring. Kay and the Canadian men’s sevens team qualified for the 2020 Olympics, which have now been postponed to 2021. (Citizen file)
Saltair’s Faith Knelson is focused on staying healthy and hoping to represent Canada in the Olympics postponed to 2021. (Submitted photo)

Saltair swimmer’s training regimen requires an adjustment amid COVID-19 pandemic

Postponement of the Olympics brings ‘five million emotions at once’ for Knelson

Saltair’s Faith Knelson is focused on staying healthy and hoping to represent Canada in the Olympics postponed to 2021. (Submitted photo)
Mount Brenton Golf Course in Chemainus has been closed in accordance with a Golf BC directive. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Mount Brenton Golf Club closed until further notice

British Columbia Golf chief executive officer starts the ball rolling

Mount Brenton Golf Course in Chemainus has been closed in accordance with a Golf BC directive. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A third straight national CCAA championship is sweet for the VIU Mariners. That’s the Chemainus Valley’s own Danielle Groenendijk, third from the right in the back row. (Photo by Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association)

Groenendijk and VIU surge to third straight national title in unusual circumstances

College volleyball tournament barely makes it to a conclusion before COVID-19 shutdowns

A third straight national CCAA championship is sweet for the VIU Mariners. That’s the Chemainus Valley’s own Danielle Groenendijk, third from the right in the back row. (Photo by Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association)
Louise, left, and Lana McLeod with the Christina McLeod Award given out to the player with the most passion for the game during the Cowichan Valley Midget C Memorial Tournament. The March 20-22 event was cancelled, but is due to be held on Thanksgiving weekend. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Tournament would have started 20 years to the day since Christina McLeod’s death

Commemoration will now occur in October after event’s cancellation

Louise, left, and Lana McLeod with the Christina McLeod Award given out to the player with the most passion for the game during the Cowichan Valley Midget C Memorial Tournament. The March 20-22 event was cancelled, but is due to be held on Thanksgiving weekend. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Another successful Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports season comes to an end
Another successful Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports season comes to an end
Kristen Arnold wearing the tournament hoodie and displaying the new toques that would have been unveiled this year. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Midget hockey tournament cancellation comes with a silver lining

Cowichan Valley Memorial event moving to Thanksgiving weekend 2020

Kristen Arnold wearing the tournament hoodie and displaying the new toques that would have been unveiled this year. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Team Canada for the World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George: Kerri Einarson, third, Val Sweeting, second, Shannon Birchard and lead, Briane Meilleur pose with the trophy after defeating Team Ontario to win the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George cancelled due to COVID-19

Another international sporting event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak

Team Canada for the World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George: Kerri Einarson, third, Val Sweeting, second, Shannon Birchard and lead, Briane Meilleur pose with the trophy after defeating Team Ontario to win the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Pamela Ellis is still a very smooth skater on the ice. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Skating a necessity of life for Ellis in her adult years

Teacher marvels at the commitment of young Fuller Lake Skating Club group

Pamela Ellis is still a very smooth skater on the ice. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Cassandra Taylor, left, and daughter Jasmine Taylor lacing up the skates for an ice session at Fuller Lake Arena. (Photos by Don Bodger)

Mom and daughter Taylor-made to skate together

Cassandra Taylor returns to her roots at Fuller Lake Arena as sharp as her youth

Cassandra Taylor, left, and daughter Jasmine Taylor lacing up the skates for an ice session at Fuller Lake Arena. (Photos by Don Bodger)
C.J. Loranger was a second team all-star in the Island senior boys A basketball tournament for Chemainus Secondary School. (Photo by Kevin Rothbauer/Cowichan Valley Citizen)

Cougars fifth in Island A senior boys basketball tournament

Loranger selected to the second all-star team in action at Nanaimo Christian School

C.J. Loranger was a second team all-star in the Island senior boys A basketball tournament for Chemainus Secondary School. (Photo by Kevin Rothbauer/Cowichan Valley Citizen)