Safety, pride and fun are priorities for Cowichan Bulldogs

With the fall football season approaching quickly, the Cowichan Bulldogs are prepared to answer any questions about their sport, from the perceived dangers to the benefits of playing a team sport.

"All our coaches are National Coaching Certification Programtrained and have been instructed in the latest ‘safe contact’ methods," Jeff McDonald, a longtime coach and past-president of the organization said. "All skills taught in football are transferable life skills: teamwork, selfconfidence and the ability to overcome adversity."

The Bulldogs have always made an effort to reach out to the community, including participation in fundraisers for organizations like the food bank and Cops For Cancer. On the field, the Bulldogs make safety and fun priorities.

"We ensure that, through training, our coaches and staff have plenty of both," McDonald said. "Our players are known throughout football in B.C. as some of the hardest and toughest, but also the most sportsmanlike."

While fun is most important, the Bulldogs have had players experience success at many levels. Two players have made it through the first cuts for U18 Team BC, while two U16 players recently took part in the Red River Cup in Manitoba.

The Bulldogs also have 12 alumni on four different junior teams in B.C.: Patrick Warren, Dusean Leblanc, Chris Pastro on the Westshore Rebels; J.Q. Lobo, Cory Lewis and Evan Rhodes on the Vancouver Island Raiders; Ryan McDonald, Adam Marchetti and Brock Gowanlock on the Langley Rams; and R.J. Piche and Eric Williams on the Valley Huskers.

Three more Bulldogs grads are heading to the university ranks, with Kevin Gabriel going to Concordia, Drayson Price bound for the University of British Columbia, and Eric Maslen off to Morehead State in California. "While we are proud of all of these young men, we are also proud of those who still play, who represent the club and their community with class and dignity," McDonald said.

Just Posted

Cute but fierce! Timber moonlights as an attack kitty. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Sarah Simpson Column: Beware of Mr. Bite, the midnight attacker

Last week, in the middle of the night, I was awoken by… Continue reading

The province has come through with funding for Duncan Manor’s renewal project. (File photo)
Funding comes through for Duncan Manor’s renewal project

Money will come from the province’s Community Housing Fund

The former St. Joseph’s School site will remain an art studio at least into early next year. It will take some time before being converted to an addictions recovery community. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Addiction recovery facility will be all about building community together

Society on a clear path with members’ experiences to provide valuable help

Seniors in the Cowichan Valley are being moved into the new Hamlets. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
New Hamlets in Duncan admitting seniors

Residential-care facility has 88 beds

How to tell if a call from ‘CRA’ is legitimate or a scam

Expert says it’s important to verify you really are dealing with the CRA before you give out any info

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 13 to 19

Flag Day, Garbage Man Day, International Panic Day all coming up this week

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The courthouse in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo man, already in jail, found guilty of sexual abuse of sons

Man previously sentenced for sexual interference involving girl in Nanaimo

British Columbia-Yukon Community News Association’s 2021 Ma Murray Awards were handed out during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 10. (Screen grab)
Black Press Media winners take gold at B.C. and Yukon journalism awards

Publications received nods in dozens of categories

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets campers while visiting McDougall, Ont. on Thursday, July 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
71% of B.C. men say they’d prefer to go camping with Trudeau: survey

Most British Columbians with plans to go camping outdoors say they’d prefer to go with Trudeau or Shania Twain

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

Chilliwack cocaine trafficker Clayton Eheler seen with a tiger somewhere in Asia in 2014. Eheler was sentenced to nine years jail in 2018, but was released on bail in October 2020 pending his appeal of conviction.(Facebook)
Director of civil forfeiture seeks $140,000 from Fraser Valley drug dealer’s father-in-law

Clayton Eheler’s father-in-law Ray Morrissey caught with money in Fort St. John by B.C.’s gang unit

A Comox Valley shellfish operator pleaded guilty and was fined $10,000 in provincial court in Courtenay earlier this year. Record file photo
B.C. clam harvester fined $10,000 for Fisheries Act violations

Charges against three others were stayed in Courtenay Provincial Court

Most Read