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Coldstream’s Isaac (Ike) Olson has been selected for Canada’s Rugby 15s senior men’s team that will play a pair of games overseas against two top-10 ranked teams in the world, England (No. 3) and Wales (No. 6). (Olson family photo)

Coldstream rugger buzzing over national team selection

Issac Olson one of 15 backs selected for Canada senior men’s 15s squad that will travel to face England and Wales

Coldstream’s Isaac (Ike) Olson has been selected for Canada’s Rugby 15s senior men’s team that will play a pair of games overseas against two top-10 ranked teams in the world, England (No. 3) and Wales (No. 6). (Olson family photo)
Former Kalamalka Lakers standout Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (with ball) helped Canada finish fourth at a pre-Olympics women’s basketball tournament in Puerto Rico. (File photo)

Coldstream hoops star helps Canada to playoff round at Olympic tune-up

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe and Team Canada placed fourth in Puerto Rico at FIBA Women’s AmeriCup

Former Kalamalka Lakers standout Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (with ball) helped Canada finish fourth at a pre-Olympics women’s basketball tournament in Puerto Rico. (File photo)
Former Vancouver Canucks players Henrik Sedin, left, and his twin brother Daniel Sedin, both of Sweden, walk onto the ice during a jersey retirement ceremony before an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Wednesday February 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Former Vancouver Canuck stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin join club’s front office

Pair join Vancouver’s hockey operations department as special advisers to general manager Jim Benning

Former Vancouver Canucks players Henrik Sedin, left, and his twin brother Daniel Sedin, both of Sweden, walk onto the ice during a jersey retirement ceremony before an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Wednesday February 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vernon’s Leah Goldstein has reached Missouri and continues to lead the Race Across American (RAAM) 2021, billed as the world’s toughest bicycle race which started in California and will finish at Annapolis, Maryland. (RAAM 2021 Facebook photo)

Vernon cyclist maintains lead in Race Across America

Leah Goldstein has reached Missouri on her way to the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland

Vernon’s Leah Goldstein has reached Missouri and continues to lead the Race Across American (RAAM) 2021, billed as the world’s toughest bicycle race which started in California and will finish at Annapolis, Maryland. (RAAM 2021 Facebook photo)
Vernon’s Leah Goldstein wheels through the night in Pratt, Kansas, leading the 2021 Race Across America (RAAM) cycling event which runs from Oceanside, Cal. to Annapolis, Maryland. (RAAM Facebook photo)

Vernon rider leading world’s toughest bicycle race

Leah Goldstein is the top cyclist approaching the 28th out of 52 checkpoints in the Race Across America

Vernon’s Leah Goldstein wheels through the night in Pratt, Kansas, leading the 2021 Race Across America (RAAM) cycling event which runs from Oceanside, Cal. to Annapolis, Maryland. (RAAM Facebook photo)
Vernon ultra athlete Shanda Hill (second from left), the first Canadian to complete a Double Deca race, was named the 2019-20 Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete of the Year at Vernon City Hall’s Spirit Square. Nominations are now being taken for the 2020-21 athlete and team of the year, and leadership in sports honour. (Morning Star - file photo)

North Okanagan’s top athletes take podium next week

An outdoor ceremony for this year’s Athlete of the Year Awards will be held at city hall on June 23

Vernon ultra athlete Shanda Hill (second from left), the first Canadian to complete a Double Deca race, was named the 2019-20 Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete of the Year at Vernon City Hall’s Spirit Square. Nominations are now being taken for the 2020-21 athlete and team of the year, and leadership in sports honour. (Morning Star - file photo)
Elias Carmichael #14 and Ethan Ernst #19 of the Kelowna Rockets check Gage Goncalves #39 of the Everett Silvertips during a game at Prospera Place on February 28, 2020, in Kelowna. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

Fans expected to be back in the stands for Kelowna Rockets 2021-22 season

The Rockets haven’t played in front of a crowd since March 2020

Elias Carmichael #14 and Ethan Ernst #19 of the Kelowna Rockets check Gage Goncalves #39 of the Everett Silvertips during a game at Prospera Place on February 28, 2020, in Kelowna. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
Kierra Smith (Contributed)

Kelowna swimmer headed to Toronto hoping to qualify for Olympics

If she qualifies, it will be Kierra Smith’s second time swimming at the Olympics

Kierra Smith (Contributed)
18-year-old skier Logan Leach follows his guide, Julien Petit, down an alpine track. The Lumby athlete who is visually impaired has been named to Alpine Canada’s Ski Team ahead of the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Contributed)

Lumby’s Logan Leach named to national ski team

The 18-year-old visually impaired athlete officially joins Canada’s Para-Alpine roster ahead of Beijing 2022

18-year-old skier Logan Leach follows his guide, Julien Petit, down an alpine track. The Lumby athlete who is visually impaired has been named to Alpine Canada’s Ski Team ahead of the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Contributed)
Vernon hockey product Andrew Ebbett has retired as a player and has moved into the front office of his former club team, SC Bern, in Bern, Switzerland, as he was named the club’s new general manager. (Hockey Canada Images)

Vernon hockey star moves into Swiss club front office

Olympian Andrew Ebbett named general manager of club team in Bern, Switzerland, where he starred for five years

Vernon hockey product Andrew Ebbett has retired as a player and has moved into the front office of his former club team, SC Bern, in Bern, Switzerland, as he was named the club’s new general manager. (Hockey Canada Images)
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BCHL designates Chilliwack as sole host of 2021 Showcase event

After one year in Chilliwack, the league intends to move the event around starting in 2022-23

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Malindi Elmore. (Malindi Elmore/Instagram)

Kelowna runner goes for the gold at the Olympics, 17 years after her first try

Malindi Elmore will run for Team Canada at the summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan

Malindi Elmore. (Malindi Elmore/Instagram)
Spallumcheen’s Ina Forrest will try to capture a fourth World Wheelchair Curling championship as she has been named to play for Team Canada at the upcoming event in Beijing in October. (Team Canada Photo)

Team Canada calls on veteran Spallumcheen curler

Ina Forrest selected for chance to win a fourth World Wheelchair Curling championship in October in China

Spallumcheen’s Ina Forrest will try to capture a fourth World Wheelchair Curling championship as she has been named to play for Team Canada at the upcoming event in Beijing in October. (Team Canada Photo)
The Vernon Vipers’ 2021-22 B.C. Hockey League home opener will be against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday, Oct. 16. The league announced it is returning to a 54-game schedule on Monday, June 7. (Lisa Mazurek- Vernon Vipers Photography)

Vernon Vipers to open 2021-22 BC Hockey League season on road

League announces 54-game schedule, with all but two teams qualifying for the post-season

The Vernon Vipers’ 2021-22 B.C. Hockey League home opener will be against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday, Oct. 16. The league announced it is returning to a 54-game schedule on Monday, June 7. (Lisa Mazurek- Vernon Vipers Photography)
Vernon SKY Volleyball club member Iseult Colclough is the winner of the Emily Dahl Foundation $5,000 scholarship. (Contributed)

Vernon volleyball club awards scholarship

Iseult Colclough of Vernon SKY Volleyball wins Emily Dahl Foundation bursary

Vernon SKY Volleyball club member Iseult Colclough is the winner of the Emily Dahl Foundation $5,000 scholarship. (Contributed)
Eli Zummack. (Contributed)
Eli Zummack. (Contributed)
Competitor and gym co-owner Lorraine Painchaud completes a lift at the third annual North Okanagan Kettlebell Open/Canadian Championship event Saturday, May 22, at Armstong’s Swanson Mountain Fitness. 
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Kettlebell ringing in popularity at Armstrong gym

Swanson Mountain Fitness hosts third North Okanagan Open, which also serves as Canadian championships

Competitor and gym co-owner Lorraine Painchaud completes a lift at the third annual North Okanagan Kettlebell Open/Canadian Championship event Saturday, May 22, at Armstong’s Swanson Mountain Fitness. 
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Coldstream’s Mike Stamhuis of the Vernon Masters Swim Club has been named the winner of the Masters Swimming Association of B.C.’s Stan Powell Award, presented to the person who has contributed to the betterment of, or service to, masters swimming in the province. 
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Coldstream swimmer dives into provincial honour

Mike Stamhuis named winner of Masters Swimming Association of B.C.’s annual Stan Powell Award

Coldstream’s Mike Stamhuis of the Vernon Masters Swim Club has been named the winner of the Masters Swimming Association of B.C.’s Stan Powell Award, presented to the person who has contributed to the betterment of, or service to, masters swimming in the province. 
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Vernon’s Nolan Jensen (left) and playing partner Carson DeVries celebrate Jensen’s first-ever hole-in-one on the par 3 ninth at Hillview Golf Course Saturday, May 22. (Curt Jensen photo)

Vernon youth aces par-3 ninth hole at Hillview Golf Course

Nolan Jensen uses driver for milestone shot; earns glass, pin, Slurpee

Vernon’s Nolan Jensen (left) and playing partner Carson DeVries celebrate Jensen’s first-ever hole-in-one on the par 3 ninth at Hillview Golf Course Saturday, May 22. (Curt Jensen photo)
Vernon’s Lanny Gare celebrates a German Oberliga hockey victory with his Selber Wolves on May 9, 2021. The former Vernon Vipers scoring star, 42, will play one more season in Germany. (Photo courtesy of Lanny Gare)

Vernon player celebrates German hockey title

Lanny Gare helps Selber Wolves beat Hannover Scorpions 4-2 in league final

Vernon’s Lanny Gare celebrates a German Oberliga hockey victory with his Selber Wolves on May 9, 2021. The former Vernon Vipers scoring star, 42, will play one more season in Germany. (Photo courtesy of Lanny Gare)