Sports in Brief

Youth soccer camp, fishing derby registration under way; applications available for funding for girls and women in sport

The First Nations Soccer Association invites all interested youth soccer players to a multicultural soccer camp July 5-11 at Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.

The FNSA Educational Soccer Development training will include both classroom and field instruction for youth from 6-15 years of age.

Sessions will be hosted each day of the week from 10 a.m.-noon for players 6-7 years old, and from 1:30-3:30 p.m. for groups 8-12 years old and 13-15 years.

A minimum of 25 players will need to be registered for each session, or the affected session will be cancelled and refunds processed.

The cost for the week is $200 per player, with family rates available for additional members. Advance registration is available online at For more info, email brianc.fnsa@gmailcom or

—S ubmitted by FNSA


Get your fish on!

The 3rd annual Big Coast Fishing Derby is set for the week of June 13-18 at the Boathouse in Parksville.

The grand prize, for largest saltwater fish of any legal species, is a Yamaha T9.9 four-stroke boat motor valued at $4,100. Top prize for largest freshwater fish is a Yamaha power washer worth $1,100 retail.

Numerous hidden weight prizes are also on offer, so entrants are encouraged to “weigh in anything.”

Tickets are $20 per rod, with proceeds going to the Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society. An additional donation will be made to the Canadian Red Cross for victims of the fire in Fort McMurray.

Weigh in will be held until 5 p.m. June 13-17 and until 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at the Boathouse, 1300 Springhill Rd. For tickets or more info, call 250-947-9666.

—Submitted by Parksville Boathouse


Funding female champions

The Dairy Farmers of Canada are offering a boost to amateur female athletes hoping to advance in sport with 20 grants of $5,000 each available to accepted applicants.

The Champions Fund is an outgrowth of the Canadian dairy farmers’ Fuelling Women Champions initiative, launched in 2015 to help break down barriers and increase opportunities for advancement for girls and women in sport.

The application period opened May 31 and will continue through Sept. 29. To apply or learn more, visit and select the “Champions Fund” link.

— Submitted by Dairy Farmers of Canada

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