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Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association president Mike Rispin addresses city council at its regular meeting back in October of 2020 asking the city to rescind its no-spectator policy. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

WLMHA remains vigilant, steady, as practices carry on amid pandemic

WLMHA is looking at organizing several skills competitions for players to take part in

Cale Murdock, 23, has been training with the Williams Lake Blue Fins and is hoping for an opportunity to compete at the Canadian Olympic Trials in April in Toronto, depending on whether they still take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Blue Fins swimmer Cale Murdock preparing for Canadian Olympic Trials in April

Cale Murdock was selected as one of the top 20 swimmers in the country in his events to attend

Willie Hardeman, 66, is heavily involved in the Williams Lake sports community and volunteers his time to teach youth the sport of basketball, and to pass along positive guidance. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

OUR HOMETOWN: From the Bay Area to the lakecity

Willie Hardeman looks to give back to youth through sports

The 2021 Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Bear Swim in Williams Lake is being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, organizers are preparing a virtual event to celebrate its 21st anniversary. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The 2021 Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Bear Swim in Williams Lake is being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, organizers are preparing a virtual event to celebrate its 21st anniversary. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
A 100 Mile House Minor Hockey Player practices his stickwork at a practice at the South Cariboo Rec Centre. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

100 Mile House Minor Hockey Association suspends activities

This move is effective immediately and comes due to the spike of COVID-19 cases in 100 Mile House

A 100 Mile House Minor Hockey Player practices his stickwork at a practice at the South Cariboo Rec Centre. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Kendra Parent of Williams Lake is enjoying her first season with the Vernon-based Thompson Okanagan Football Club. (Photo submitted)

Lakecity youth soccer player testing waters in BC Soccer Premier League

Spring season begins on March 1, following training up until that point

Kendra Parent of Williams Lake is enjoying her first season with the Vernon-based Thompson Okanagan Football Club. (Photo submitted)
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Cariboo Archer Isaac Bedford, 16, was the top Canadian and placed 137th out of 835 men in the Compound Men’s Class at the Indoor Archery World Series Online. (Photo submitted)

Bedford top Canadian at Indoor Archery World Series Online

Despite being a teenager, Isaac Bedford competed in the Compound Men’s Open class

  • Jan 9, 2021
Cariboo Archer Isaac Bedford, 16, was the top Canadian and placed 137th out of 835 men in the Compound Men’s Class at the Indoor Archery World Series Online. (Photo submitted)
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BCHL delays start of the season as provincial health orders remain in place

The junior A league has been forced to abandon a plan to start in mid-January

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The Williams Lake Powder Kings Snowmobile Club has been working throughout the early season to ensure the riding area at Yanks Peak is in great shape for snowmobilers. (Photo submitted)

Powder Kings sledding into 2021 with great start to snowmobile season

“Ride hard, ride safe and ride prepared,” - Williams Lake Powder Kings president Mark Snowball

The Williams Lake Powder Kings Snowmobile Club has been working throughout the early season to ensure the riding area at Yanks Peak is in great shape for snowmobilers. (Photo submitted)
Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune

Winter, cross-country ski playground awaits at Chimney Lake

“It’s a kind of limitless area because of the exploring part of it.” - Mark Savard

Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune
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160 Cariboo skiers hit the slopes on Mount Timothy’s opening day

120 cm of snow mid-mountain and more expected in the next few days.

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Williams Lake Bullets Speed Skating Association head coach Tania Lauren is presented a provincial award from the B.C. Speed Skating Association club for coaching excellence during a team practice on Tuesday, Dec. 8. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Williams Lake Bullets speed skaters zipping as pandemic slogs on

The Williams Lake Bullets have been speeding along relatively smoothly in the…

Williams Lake Bullets Speed Skating Association head coach Tania Lauren is presented a provincial award from the B.C. Speed Skating Association club for coaching excellence during a team practice on Tuesday, Dec. 8. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake Special Olympics athletes Ian Stafford (left) and Austin Weber man an information table about the program, and fundraise by selling baked goods and snacks. (Photo submitted)

‘Lives change’: Special Olympics volunteer reflects on program success

“I’m going to miss that [the lifestyle transformations],” she said. “It’s been just amazing.”

Williams Lake Special Olympics athletes Ian Stafford (left) and Austin Weber man an information table about the program, and fundraise by selling baked goods and snacks. (Photo submitted)
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Braden Holtby’s new helmet design, created by Swedish artist David Gunnarson, came under fire this week on accusations of cultural appropriation. (David Gunnarson, Instagram)

Williams Lake First Nation Chief supports Canucks amid cultural appropriation controversy

“That’s my team. That’s who I cheer for, and I’ve always taken great pride in that logo.”

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Braden Holtby’s new helmet design, created by Swedish artist David Gunnarson, came under fire this week on accusations of cultural appropriation. (David Gunnarson, Instagram)
Mitch Love is preparing for the World Juniors and the WHL season. The Quesnel native started coaching the Saskatoon Blades in 2017, and won a Gold Medal with team Canada at the juniors in 2020. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Liam Richards)

Cariboo-born coach looking to give Canada back to back gold medals

Mitch Love, who grew up in Quesnel, will be an assistant coach for Canada at the World Juniors

Mitch Love is preparing for the World Juniors and the WHL season. The Quesnel native started coaching the Saskatoon Blades in 2017, and won a Gold Medal with team Canada at the juniors in 2020. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Liam Richards)
Cariboo Archers Isaac Bedord, Ty Thurow, Ty Waterhouse, Kylie Sharman and Joelle Thurow received their medals this past summer from the Canadian Indoor Regional Archery Championships. (Photo submitted)

Youth Cariboo Archers test skill versus best in the world at online event

None of the young archers have had any formal training since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Dec 12, 2020
Cariboo Archers Isaac Bedord, Ty Thurow, Ty Waterhouse, Kylie Sharman and Joelle Thurow received their medals this past summer from the Canadian Indoor Regional Archery Championships. (Photo submitted)
Wes Gregg of Williams Lake enjoys skiing in the Cariboo Mountains as seen here March 2020. (Scott Horley photo)

Cariboo Mountains offer world-class adventures for backcountry enthusiasts

Wes Gregg of Williams Lake is training so he can teach avalanche safety in the region

Wes Gregg of Williams Lake enjoys skiing in the Cariboo Mountains as seen here March 2020. (Scott Horley photo)
The Pat Quinn Classic has been a popular tournament for top bantam and peewee teams in recent years, but COVID-19 means there will be no physical event this season. The scholarships established by the tournament are carrying on. (Pat Quinn Classic photo)

Pat Quinn Classic scholarships continue even as COVID cancels tournament

Female and male bantam players province wide are encouraged to apply for $1,000 scholarships

The Pat Quinn Classic has been a popular tournament for top bantam and peewee teams in recent years, but COVID-19 means there will be no physical event this season. The scholarships established by the tournament are carrying on. (Pat Quinn Classic photo)
Haley Van Diest (left) and her daughter, Sierra Van Diest, 13, claimed a combined four national records late last month at the WPC Northern Powerlifting Championship in Prince George. (Photo submitted)
Haley Van Diest (left) and her daughter, Sierra Van Diest, 13, claimed a combined four national records late last month at the WPC Northern Powerlifting Championship in Prince George. (Photo submitted)
Williams Lake’s Tyson Delay hoists a 600-pound deadlift — a 35-pound personal record for the lakecity strength athlete. (Photo submitted)

Lakecity duo take Shellshock 5 strength event by storm

A lakecity duo made their mark — all while helping fundraise for…

Williams Lake’s Tyson Delay hoists a 600-pound deadlift — a 35-pound personal record for the lakecity strength athlete. (Photo submitted)