Cowichan sports scene full of winners in 2022
Duncan’s Sara Goodman helped the national senior field hockey team earn a spot in the 2022 Women’s FIH Hockey World Cup, something that hasn’t been achieved since 1994. Her sister Jenna also competed for Canada at the Junior World Cup in April. (Submitted by Heather Goodman) The Cowichan 49ers celebrate their fourth Tony Grover Cup in five seasons together following their win over Vic West at Starlight Stadium in March. (Kelly Wallace photo) In its first year of existence, the Queen Margaret’s School wrestling team qualified eight female and four male athletes to provincials. (Submitted by Queen Margaret’s School) Cowichan minor lacrosse product Colin Jeffrey (pictured) was selected by the Victoria Shamrocks in the 2022 WLA draft on Feb. 10. Colton Gron was snapped up by the junior A Shamrocks in the BCJALL draft on Jan. 29. Later in the year, Jeffrey, was selected 59th overall by the Las Vegas Desert Dogs in the National Lacrosse League draft. Brian Robb was selected in the fifth round, 77th overall by the Vancouver Warriors. Selected in the second round, 31st overall by the San Diego Seals, was Shawnigan Lake product Cameron Lumb. Colton Lidstone, 23, was selected 21st overall by Panther City Lacrosse Club in Fort Worth, Texas. (Cathie Jeffrey photo) Kerry Park Islanders forward Brady Estabrook picks up a broom tossed to the ice by a fan in late February after his team swept the Victoria Cougars in the first round of the VIJHL playoffs. The Isles went into the postseason as the fourth seed in the South Division, but they defied expectations by winning four straight to sweep the best-of-seven first-round series against the top-seeded Cougars. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen) Representing nine different schools, the nearly two dozen Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club athletes fought their way to three first-place finishes, a second, two thirds, two fourths and a sixth, and a number of near top-six results in the 2022 in the provincial wrestling tournament. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen) Ethan Frehlick won the provincial junior boys tenpin championship in April. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen) Brentwood College School’s U17 men’s eight crew hoists the Jim Henninger Trophy after winning their final on day two of the 50th Brentwood Regatta. BCS won three races over the course of the three-day Regatta, taking the top spots in the U17 men’s eight and four, and U19 men’s novice eight. Brentwood also claimed silver in the U17 men’s lightweight four, and bronze in the U19 men’s novice quad, U17 women’s eight and four, and U17 men’s lightweight eight and four before going on to collect two gold medals, three silvers and three bronzes at the 2022 Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association Regatta in St. Catharines, Ont. later in the year (Submitted by Brentwood College School) The Cowichan Cougars celebrate Ashley Stultz’s game-winning goal in the provincial championship game in May. A 2-1 win in Burnaby y gave the Cougars their first-ever provincial title, as well as some revenge over Meralomas. The last time the BC Soccer Women’s Masters B Cup was hoisted, in 2019, Meralomas defeated Cowichan, but in 2022, it was the Cougars’ turn to prevail. (Lori Rodall photo) Left: Duncan’s Carley Hardie (second from right) helped Comox-based Team Richards to a bronze medal at the national U18 curling championships in May. (Ann McCusker photo) Shawnigan Lake School’s 1st XV celebrates after winning the provincial AAA boys rugby championship. The school’s Colts Grade 10 teams also won the provincial junior title. Shawnigan Lake School also claimed the provincial boys AA golf championship at Sandpiper Golf Course on May 31. (Arden Gill photo) Antonio Iannidinardo made history with a pair of gold medals as the Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club brought home an impressive haul of hardware from the 2022 Canadian Wrestling Championships in June. Iannidinardo won gold in the U15 boys 68kg class in both the freestyle and Greco-Roman disciplines at the national championships hosted by the Tsuu’tina Nation outside Calgary. Pictured are some of the Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club’s national championship medallists. From left: coach Ryan Yewchin, Loryn Roberts, Sedona Bond, Darren Doherty, Emma Greenwood, Carter Zuback and coach Nick Zuback. (Submitted by the Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club) The Kerry Park Minor Hockey Association bounced back from the COVID-19 pandemic in fine form this past season, marking several individual and team successes, and capping it all off with BC Hockey’s Frank Spring Award as Minor Hockey Association of the Year. It is only the third time since the prestigious award’s inception in the early 1980s that the award has gone to an association on Vancouver Island, and the first time since Sooke received the honour in 1996. (Submitted by Marsha McMurchy) Above: The Cowichan Rats finished as runners-up in the Vancouver Island Lacrosse League in 2022 and went on to finish second in the provincial tournament as well. (Paula Harris photo) All of the Cowichan Valley athletes who attended the Canada Summer Games in August returned home with hardware. Six athletes from the Valley travelled to the Games and combined to collect eight medals. Rowers Gunnar Platt (two gold) and Mira Calder (gold, silver) did well, as did cyclist Evan Russell (silver, bronze). Dylan Gage helped Team BC to silver in men’s basketball. Coach Naomi Walser and players Anikka MacDonald and Elora Waardenburg made history as the first silver medallists in Canada Summer Games girls box lacrosse history. (Submitted by Naomi Walser) Duncan’s Kaliyah St. Amand helped Langford’s U17 girls softball team earn the title of Canada’s best. The pitcher/outfielder and the Langford Lightning won their age group at the softball nationals Aug. 17-21. (Submitted by Darrin St. Amand) Duncan speed climber Jack Whitney placed first overall at Climbing Escalade Canada’s Youth Speed Nationals held in Calgary in April. (Photo submitted by Jack Whitney) Former Islander Matt Baird’s No. 5 was raised to the rafters of Kerry Park Arena on Sept. 10. (Courtesy of Matt Baird) As a member of the Prairie Inn Harriers running club, Alexa Dow took the BC Provincial Cross Country Championship title for her age group in South Surrey. This fall, Dow won three gold medals in three different cross country championship races, solidifying her spot as the top female U16 cross country runner in British Columbia. At the BC Summer Games Dow won gold in all three of her events — the girls 800m and 1200m and the 4x400m relay. (Submitted) Athletes from the Cowichan Valley helped propel Zone 6 (Vancouver Island-Central Coast) to top spot in the medal standings at the 2022 BC Summer Games in Prince George in July. Cowichan Valley athletes brought home at least a dozen gold medals and many more silver and bronze medals as Zone 6 dominated the Games with 165 overall medals, including 59 gold, 54 silver and 52 bronze. Pictured are rugby silver medallists Ella Hudon, Sofia Atkins and Ava Ference. (Submitted by Shannon Atkins)
There’s no doubt that the Cowichan Valley is a sporting community. Athletes competing at the highest levels in a variety of sports have represented the region well this year and here are some of the highlights from some of those whose accomplishments caught our eye in 2022.
Congratulations to all of Cowichan’s athletes and coaches — from first year players, to the elites — for yet another spectacular year in Cowichan sports.
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