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Leafs break camp, begin four game exhibition season Tuesday against Beaver Valley

It was Team Green against Team White during Sunday morning scrimmage at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

According to Leaf head coach Frank Maida Stage one of Training Camp 2012 is now complete after the team finished off three days on the ice Sunday at the NDCC Arena.

Stage two begins Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena when the Leafs begin the four-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition schedule.

“Camp went very well,” Maida told The Nelson Daily Monday.

GFI 2012 off to some great action and close games

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In a complete surprise for patrons of the Grand Forks International baseball tournament, Olympic swimming bronze medalist Richard Weinberger from Victoria threw the official first pitch of the event last night.

Peter and Danica Lee compete in final Penticton Ironman

Peter and Danica Lee were all smiles en route to the finish line at Sunday Penticton Ironman. — Submitted photo

Two Nelsonites took part in the final Ironman Canada this past Sunday in Penticton

Peter Lee, and his daughter, Danica, of Nelson completed the grueling course on a hot day in the Okanagan.

The senior Lee, 58, completed the 2.4 mile (3.8 km) swim course in a time of 1:19:56, bike course of 112 miles (180km), 7:39:55 and run course of 26.2 miles (42.2 km), 6:58:26.

Meanwhile, Danica, 24, finished the 2.4 mile (3.8 km) swim course in a time of 1:23:39, bike course of 112 miles (180km), 7:51:09 and run course of 26.2 miles (42.2 km), 6:58:26.

Leafs open training camp for upcoming KIJHL season

Leafs open training camp for upcoming KIJHL season

The race to knock off Beaver Valley as champions in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League begins this weekend for the Nelson Leafs Hockey Club.

Coach Frank Maida opens camp on the 2012-13 season Friday at the NDCC Arena. Camp runs all weekend as Maida and Company evaluate players for the upcoming season.

The Leafs break camp Sunday before playing both Castlegar and Beaver Valley in a pair of home-and-home exhibition series.

The preseason opens Tuesday at the NDCC Arena against Beaver Valley.

West Kootenay Boundary athletes shine at B.C. Senior's Games

Members of the silver medal winning curling team include: lead, Harry Davidson (Nelson),  second, Russ Beauchamp (Trail),  third, Don Bedard (Christina Lake), and skip, Gary Beaudry (Nelson).  — Submitted photo

West Kootenay Boundary finished with 67 medals at the B.C. Senior Games held recently in Burnaby.

The zone tallied 22 medals of the golden variety led by the swim team that took home no less than 11 first-place medals.

Lower Mainland topped the medal standings with an amazing 446 medals, more than 60 ahead of second place Fraser Valley.

Vancouver Island North was third.

West Kootenay Boundary finished in eighth spot.

West Kootenay Boundary medal results:

Gold medal winners:

Mallard's Team of the Week — Kokanee Glacier Traverse trek

The contingent includes, right to left, Richard Klein, Sasha Kalabis, Randy Richmond,  Carolyn Donnelly, Lex Baas, Yogita Bouchard, Tim Sander,  Greg Smith, Jon Francis, Rahul Khosla, person unknown and Andrew Stoltz.— Submitted photo

Members of the Nelson Trail Running Series recently went on a Kokanee Glacier Traverse trek.

Eight runners left the Enterprise Creek Drainage on the Slocan Lake side of Kokanee Glacier Park at 6:45 a.m. and five others left the Gibson Lake parking lot on the east side of the park at 8 a.m.

Almost four hours later the team met up at Kokanee Cabin.

The Nelson Trail Running Series is hosting a trail race Saturday, September 8 at Svaboda Road Parking Lot with proceeds from the race going toward to improvements of the Nelson running trails.

More than 90 players turn out for Whitecaps FC Kootenay Academy at Lakeside Pitch

The action was intense as players battled for spots on the Whitecaps FC Kootenay Academy teams. — Sarah Fuhr photo

The Lakeside soccer pitch was filled with players eager to be part of the Whitecaps FC Kootenay Academy as evaluators looked at girls and boys from 10 to 18 years of age during tryouts Wednesday.

More than 90 players attended the second day of the two-day evaluation session headed up by Dave Spendlove of Soccer Quest.

The Whitecaps FC Kootenay Academy is an opportunity for youth soccer players from throughout the Kootenays to be part of regional teams in four divisions — U12, U14, U16 and U18 — in girls and boys.

Nelson's Scott Bickerton back on skates with eyes on Sochi in 2014

Scott Bickerton . . . eager to put another good season together

During his brief speed skating career Scott Bickerton has hit his share of ruts in the ice.

Which can be par for the course in a sport when you’re an up-and-coming athlete.

However, like a youngster falling during the first time on skates the happy-go-lucky Nelsonite is eager to get back on the blades in search for finding a spot on the National Team.

“It’s been up and down since we talked last,” Bickerton admittedly told The Nelson Daily during a recent summer holiday in his hometown.

2012 Nelson Fat Tire Fest was a blast

With x-country kids races going on in the background, some riders, young and older, took to the jumps for some hangtime. — Bruce Fuhr photos

Three days of biking, starting of course with a parade down Baker Street, riding through bush trails and thundering down a wild cross country run and over jumps is all competitors could handle at the 2012 Nelson Fat Tire Festival.

Baker Street was filled with riders celebrating the start of the festival, held in the memory of Cam Alexander, who was an avid cyclist who lost his life while riding his bike 17 years ago.

Strong BC contingent set to compete at 2012 Paralympics

Strong BC contingent set to compete at 2012 Paralympics

The Canadian Paralympic team in London is getting a big boost from Canada's western-most province, with British Columbia-born or-trained athletes making up 29 per cent of the team.

Of the 42 athletes B.C. is sending, 38 were born and raised here, while the other four have received substantial training support through the B.C. sport system. B.C. Paralympians in London will be competing in 18 different sports.

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