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The Elk Valley Dolphin’s own Angie Abdou in Quebec. (Photo by Andy Sinclair)

Masters swimmers shine in competition

Contributed Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club The Elk Valley Dolphins swim club…

  • Jun 28, 2022

 

2018 Fernie Raft Race winners, the ERA Streamkeepers. (Phil McLachlan/The Free Press)

‘Big fun’: Canyon Raft Company’s raft race coming up on June 22

Money raised from the race will go towards the Elk River Alliance

 

Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club star Emillie Harrup in competing in Radium over the weekend.(Contributed by Angie Abdou)

Dolphins break record turnout

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club On the first…

  • Jun 7, 2022

 

It was a good turnout at the 2022 Elkford Triathlon on Sunday, June 5. (All images courtesy of Sherry Benko)
(Images courtesy of Sherry Benko)

‘Fantastic event’: Elkford’s annual triathlon returns after two-year hiatus

The triathlon attracted about 60 participants, about half of which were kids

It was a good turnout at the 2022 Elkford Triathlon on Sunday, June 5. (All images courtesy of Sherry Benko)
(Images courtesy of Sherry Benko)
Nick Kollias in his backyard in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)

‘Soccer is my religion’: Nick Kollias built up the game he loves in northern B.C.

As a child in Greece, Kollias was gifted a soccer ball and the rest is history

Nick Kollias in his backyard in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)
Somhairle Green, kicking a conversion after scoring a try at an Elk Valley Bulls vs Foothill Lions game on the 30th April 2022. (Photo by Vince Mo)

Match breakdown: East Kootenay rugby championship 2022 decider

Elk Valley Bulls played the Rocky Mountain Rogues at Prentice Park on May 28

  • Jun 1, 2022
Somhairle Green, kicking a conversion after scoring a try at an Elk Valley Bulls vs Foothill Lions game on the 30th April 2022. (Photo by Vince Mo)
Skateboarder James Clarke will be participating in the Generations Skateboard Society’s first 7 Generations Cup next month. (Ryan Clark/Special to Langley Advance Times)

B.C. welcomes world’s best skateboarders

Indigenous-hosted pro skateboarding event coming to Langley for the first time

Skateboarder James Clarke will be participating in the Generations Skateboard Society’s first 7 Generations Cup next month. (Ryan Clark/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Kiera Hansen, with a 3rd place finish in 200 breast. (Image courtesy of Randi Goertzen)

Dolphin swim club numbers growing

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club The Elk Valley…

  • May 10, 2022
Kiera Hansen, with a 3rd place finish in 200 breast. (Image courtesy of Randi Goertzen)
Cassee Gilbert of Sparwood won the Skate Canada BC/YK Section StarSkate Athlete of the Year award, and the Kootenay Region StarSkate Athlete of the Year award in 2022. (Courtesy of Melanie Barker)

‘A positive role model’: Sparwood skater Cassee Gilbert wins provincial and regional awards

Gilbert was recognized as the StarSkate Athlete of the Year at both levels

Cassee Gilbert of Sparwood won the Skate Canada BC/YK Section StarSkate Athlete of the Year award, and the Kootenay Region StarSkate Athlete of the Year award in 2022. (Courtesy of Melanie Barker)
Elizabeth Leberge is all smiles after popping a prize balloon and winning a fishing rod and reel combo at the Elkford Rod and Gun Club’s Intro to Archery at Elkford’s Winter in the Wild weekend. (Dylan Forsyth / Elkford Rod and Gun Club)

Elkford Rod and Gun Club hopes for fall return of regular youth archery programming

Regular youth archery programming was disrupted due to the pandemic

Elizabeth Leberge is all smiles after popping a prize balloon and winning a fishing rod and reel combo at the Elkford Rod and Gun Club’s Intro to Archery at Elkford’s Winter in the Wild weekend. (Dylan Forsyth / Elkford Rod and Gun Club)
The Fernie Nordic Racers at the Skills Development Program’s dress-up, wrap-up event. Location, EVNC. (Image courtesy of Megan Lohmann / Fernie Nordic Society)

Fernie Nordic Society celebrates another good season on the skis

Contributed by Alisha Rella Fernie Nordic Society Another successful Nordic ski season…

  • Apr 29, 2022
The Fernie Nordic Racers at the Skills Development Program’s dress-up, wrap-up event. Location, EVNC. (Image courtesy of Megan Lohmann / Fernie Nordic Society)
The Fernie Fox Invitational was a raging success for the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club in Fernie over the weekend (Friday April 22 to Sunday April 24). (Image courtesy of Red Flannel Photography)

Swim meet draws 242 swimmers to Fernie

The Fernie Fox Invitational was the first spring swim meet hosted locally since 2019

The Fernie Fox Invitational was a raging success for the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club in Fernie over the weekend (Friday April 22 to Sunday April 24). (Image courtesy of Red Flannel Photography)
The District of Elkford holds council meetings in the District Office next to the Community Conference Centre. File photo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Elkford council awards grants to Elkford Trails Alliance, Elkford Triathlon Society

The total amount allocated in their 2022 grant program was $11,064.08

The District of Elkford holds council meetings in the District Office next to the Community Conference Centre. File photo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Brody Dube (10 & Under), 1st in the 25 free, 1st in the 25 fly, 3rd in the 400 free (Angie Abdou)

Competitive swimming thriving in the Kootenays

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club In mid-April, the…

  • Apr 19, 2022
Brody Dube (10 & Under), 1st in the 25 free, 1st in the 25 fly, 3rd in the 400 free (Angie Abdou)
Min Merritt and Jessie Watson. Merritt is president of the Elk Valley Rugby Football Club, and Watson is a rugby coach. The two were working together for BC Rugby’s ‘Girls Can Rugby’ initiative, meant to bring young girls into the sport. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

‘Girls Can Rugby’ event seeks to get young girls involved in the sport

The event will take place at Prentice Park on April 23

Min Merritt and Jessie Watson. Merritt is president of the Elk Valley Rugby Football Club, and Watson is a rugby coach. The two were working together for BC Rugby’s ‘Girls Can Rugby’ initiative, meant to bring young girls into the sport. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Elk Valley Wild U11 ‘A’ development team. From left to right, back row: Sullivan Pasiechnyk, Hayden Bristow, Dionysus Adrian, Lucas Johnson, Brody Maston (from the ‘house team’), Lilah Bowen, Sawyer Shaw. Middle row: Carter Stolarchuk, Kesler Traverse, Gavin Doey. Bottom row: Liam Cytko, Charlie Stolarchuk, Cooper Bauer, Katie Lui. Goalie: Robbie Chamberlain.

‘Very proud of this group’: Elk Valley Wild U11 team finishes the year strong

The team won all five games in a regional tourney in earlier March, then won again in Edmonton

The Elk Valley Wild U11 ‘A’ development team. From left to right, back row: Sullivan Pasiechnyk, Hayden Bristow, Dionysus Adrian, Lucas Johnson, Brody Maston (from the ‘house team’), Lilah Bowen, Sawyer Shaw. Middle row: Carter Stolarchuk, Kesler Traverse, Gavin Doey. Bottom row: Liam Cytko, Charlie Stolarchuk, Cooper Bauer, Katie Lui. Goalie: Robbie Chamberlain.
Olivia Howse ready to swim at first championship meet in Canada since Covid closures in March 2020. (Contributed by Angie Abdou)

Fernie’s Olivia Howse headed to Alberta Provincial Championships

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club This weekend Olivia…

  • Mar 15, 2022
Olivia Howse ready to swim at first championship meet in Canada since Covid closures in March 2020. (Contributed by Angie Abdou)
Founder of the Elkford Biking Club, Jason Meldrum, with his son Carter Meldrum and District of Elkford councillor, Steve Fairbairn on the future site of the Elkford bike park. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Elkford’s bike park $250k closer

The Columbia Basin Trust is putting $250k towards the project which is fully supported by the District of Elkford

Founder of the Elkford Biking Club, Jason Meldrum, with his son Carter Meldrum and District of Elkford councillor, Steve Fairbairn on the future site of the Elkford bike park. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Johnna Abdou, Angie Abdou and Katie Hafke at the start line in Matanchen Bay, Mexico. (Image courtesy of Bev Dougan)

Three generations of Fernie family complete open water challenge in Mexico

Contributed by Aidan Chudleigh Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club At age 73,…

  • Mar 7, 2022
Johnna Abdou, Angie Abdou and Katie Hafke at the start line in Matanchen Bay, Mexico. (Image courtesy of Bev Dougan)
Kiera Hansen ready to compete and mentor at Northern and Interior Divisional Championships in Penticton. (Image courtesy of Angie Abdou)

Dolphins qualify record number of swimmers for Divisional Championships

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club Nine Elk Valley…

  • Feb 22, 2022
Kiera Hansen ready to compete and mentor at Northern and Interior Divisional Championships in Penticton. (Image courtesy of Angie Abdou)