Local Sports

UBC rugby player Sol Jacques, middle with a blue scrum cap, is determined to represent Penticton wherever his career takes him. (Photo by Daniel Usher Photography)

Penticton rugby player represents Canada at International U20 tournament in Ontario

Sol Jacques is a graduate of Penticton Secondary and currently plays at UBC

Members of the Penticton-based KISU Swim Club in Concord, Calif. for the year-end championships for 2022. (Contributed)

Penticton swimmers shine in San Francisco at year-end championships

A total of 1,400 swimmers from across North America attended the event

Penticton’s Skaha Thunder, left, and the Peach City Dragons dragon boat teams celebrate their victories at the Vernon Dragonboat Festival on the July 23 weekend. (Submitted)

Penticton dragon boaters dominate Vernon festival

Local teams took multiple fastest team titles

Penticton’s Skaha Thunder, left, and the Peach City Dragons dragon boat teams celebrate their victories at the Vernon Dragonboat Festival on the July 23 weekend. (Submitted)
The City of Penticton has reached a deal with the Penticton Vees to play at the South Okanagan Events Centre for another six years. (Submitted)

Penticton Vees sign 6 year deal with city

The Vees are the major tenant of the South Okanagan Events Centre

The City of Penticton has reached a deal with the Penticton Vees to play at the South Okanagan Events Centre for another six years. (Submitted)
Brooks Lancaster, left, joined by Kris Paul-Clark from the Penticton Golf and Country Club in accepting the 2022 Penticton Open championship. (Photo- Penticton Golf and Country Club)

Local golfer becomes 5-time champion of Penticton Open

Brooks Lancaster last won the tournament in 2015

Brooks Lancaster, left, joined by Kris Paul-Clark from the Penticton Golf and Country Club in accepting the 2022 Penticton Open championship. (Photo- Penticton Golf and Country Club)
Michael Garteig positions himself to deny Edmonton Oiler Chat Butcher on this breakaway chance during the Canucks Young Stars Classic in Penticton. (Emanuel Sequeira)

B.C. Hockey League renames prestigious award in honour of former Penticton Vee

Michael Garteig led the Vees to a record-breaking 2011-2012 season

Michael Garteig positions himself to deny Edmonton Oiler Chat Butcher on this breakaway chance during the Canucks Young Stars Classic in Penticton. (Emanuel Sequeira)
Michael Hvidston from Penticton competes in the long jump at the BC Junior Development Provincial Championships in 2022. (Submitted)

Penticton Track and Field Club show strong at provincial championships

Eight medals won at BC Junior Development competition in Surrey

Michael Hvidston from Penticton competes in the long jump at the BC Junior Development Provincial Championships in 2022. (Submitted)
Galen Rupp, of the United States, and Cam Levins of Canada (right) compete during the men’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships Sunday, July 17, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Patrick Smith/Pool Photo via AP

B.C. marathoner Cam Levins finishes historic 4th at world championships

Black Creek-born runner beat his previous Canadian record by about 2 minutes

Galen Rupp, of the United States, and Cam Levins of Canada (right) compete during the men’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships Sunday, July 17, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Patrick Smith/Pool Photo via AP
Penticton Vees forward Jackson Nieuwendyk has committed to Canisius College for the 2023-2024 season. (Photo- Courtesy of the Penticton Vees)

Penticton Vees star commits to play college hockey in New York State

Jackson Nieuwendyk scored nine goals in 52 games with the Vees last season

Penticton Vees forward Jackson Nieuwendyk has committed to Canisius College for the 2023-2024 season. (Photo- Courtesy of the Penticton Vees)
Isaac Boehmer, 20, makes MLS debut with the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 13. (Photo- Jon Hair/Vancouver Whitecaps FC)

Penticton’s Isaac Boehmer makes MLS debut with Vancouver Whitecaps

The 20-year-old goalkeeper was among the substitutes in Vancouver’s 2-2 draw against Cincinnati

Isaac Boehmer, 20, makes MLS debut with the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 13. (Photo- Jon Hair/Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
(Greg Sakaki/Black Press Media)
(Greg Sakaki/Black Press Media)
Robert Gabert, left, and Brad Edwards of the Penticton Lawn Bowling Club celebrate their championship win in Kamloops on June 26. (Contributed)

Penticton lawn bowling duo crowned 2022 champions of B.C.’s Interior

Robert Gabert and Brad Edwards won a two-day tournament in Kamloops last month

Robert Gabert, left, and Brad Edwards of the Penticton Lawn Bowling Club celebrate their championship win in Kamloops on June 26. (Contributed)
Penticton resident Brian Moore (right) winning his bronze medal in a recent arm-wrestling competition. (Contributed)

‘Living the dream’: Penticton men win national armwrestling medals in Winnipeg

Richard Henson and Brian Moore captured multiple awards at a recent tournament

Penticton resident Brian Moore (right) winning his bronze medal in a recent arm-wrestling competition. (Contributed)
The Okanagan Granfondo has sold out with a record 3,000 cyclists registering for the July 10 event through South Okanagan. (File photo)

From Penticton to Oliver: Okanagan Granfondo bike ride returns next week

The event will close several roads across the South Okanagan on July 10

The Okanagan Granfondo has sold out with a record 3,000 cyclists registering for the July 10 event through South Okanagan. (File photo)
The Penticton Power U20 team. The squad, along with the city’s U15s will play at the provincial championships this Canada Day weekend. (Submitted)

Pair of Penticton softball teams move on provincial championships in dramatic fashion

U15 and U20 teams will play in the finals hosted by Kelowna and North Vancouver

The Penticton Power U20 team. The squad, along with the city’s U15s will play at the provincial championships this Canada Day weekend. (Submitted)
The 2022 AMJ Campbell BC Mixed Curling Championship at the Kimberley Curling Club. (Paul Rodgers photo)

Penticton selected as host for 2023 B.C. Mixed Curling Championships

The tournament will be played from Feb. 28 to March 5, 2023

The 2022 AMJ Campbell BC Mixed Curling Championship at the Kimberley Curling Club. (Paul Rodgers photo)
Nolan Aubie battled out 11 other competitors across the country in the physique division to win a national championship. (Submitted)

Bodybuilder will represent Penticton on national stage after winning division title

Nolan Aubie captured a World Natural Bodybuilding Federation Canada title on June 18

Nolan Aubie battled out 11 other competitors across the country in the physique division to win a national championship. (Submitted)
Vancouver Canucks legend Stan Smyl joined by Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and the team’s mascot, Fin, for the formal announcement that the Young Stars Classic is coming back to the city. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

Vancouver Canucks ‘honoured’ to bring Young Stars Classic back to Penticton

The pre-season tournament runs from Sept. 16 to 19 at the South Okanagan Events Centre

Vancouver Canucks legend Stan Smyl joined by Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and the team’s mascot, Fin, for the formal announcement that the Young Stars Classic is coming back to the city. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
The Okanagan Granfondo has sold out with a record 3,000 cyclists registering for the July 10 event through South Okanagan. (File photo)

Okanagan Granfondo in Penticton sells out

A record 3,000 cyclists from across North America will take part in the July 10 event

The Okanagan Granfondo has sold out with a record 3,000 cyclists registering for the July 10 event through South Okanagan. (File photo)