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Marie-Pier Desharnais is shown atop K2 in this July 2022 handout photo. Marie-Pier Desharnais reached the top of K2 - renowned as one of the toughest mountains on earth - becoming one of the only women in Canada to summit the 8,611-metre monolith on the China-Pakistan border. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Marie-Pier Desharnais

Mountaineer Marie-Pier Desharnais is among only Canadian women to summit K2

Desharnais describes hours of inclines so steep just the tip of her crampons were holding on

Marie-Pier Desharnais is shown atop K2 in this July 2022 handout photo. Marie-Pier Desharnais reached the top of K2 - renowned as one of the toughest mountains on earth - becoming one of the only women in Canada to summit the 8,611-metre monolith on the China-Pakistan border. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Marie-Pier Desharnais
FILE - Bill Russell grins at announcement that he had been named coach of the Boston Celtics basketball team, April 18, 1966. (AP Photo, File)

Bill Russell, NBA great and Celtics legend, dies at 88

Russell was first ever Black head coach of any major U.S. sport

FILE - Bill Russell grins at announcement that he had been named coach of the Boston Celtics basketball team, April 18, 1966. (AP Photo, File)
Toronto FC’s Jayden Nelson (11) and Vancouver Whitecaps’ Russell Teibert (31) vie for the ball during the first half of the Canadian Championship soccer final, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Toronto FC’s Jayden Nelson (11) and Vancouver Whitecaps’ Russell Teibert (31) vie for the ball during the first half of the Canadian Championship soccer final, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Kelowna Rotary Centre for the Arts (Contributed)

B.C. Sports Hall of Fame annual summit coming to Kelowna

It’s the first time the event has been held outside Greater Vancouver

The Kelowna Rotary Centre for the Arts (Contributed)
Hockey Canada logo is seen at an event in Toronto on Wednesday Nov. 1, 2017. TSN has extended its media rights agreement with Hockey Canada through the 2033-34 season.The sports network announced Tuesday that the agreement fives TSN and French-language broadcaster RDS exclusive rights to Hockey Canada events, including the world junior championship. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Canada’s top women hockey players say there’s much to do to clean up toxic behaviour

Hockey Canada undergoing parliamentary hearings for handling of sexual assault complaints

Hockey Canada logo is seen at an event in Toronto on Wednesday Nov. 1, 2017. TSN has extended its media rights agreement with Hockey Canada through the 2033-34 season.The sports network announced Tuesday that the agreement fives TSN and French-language broadcaster RDS exclusive rights to Hockey Canada events, including the world junior championship. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Andre De Grasse, of Canada, wins the final in the men’s 4x100-meter relay at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. Sprinter Andre De Grasse and decathlete Pierce LePage are among the top Canadian track and field stars who have withdrawn from competing at the upcoming Commonwealth Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP - Ashley Landis

De Grasse, Brown, Blake, LePage withdraw from Commonwealth Games following worlds

Athletes need time to recover and prepare, says Athletics Canada

Andre De Grasse, of Canada, wins the final in the men’s 4x100-meter relay at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. Sprinter Andre De Grasse and decathlete Pierce LePage are among the top Canadian track and field stars who have withdrawn from competing at the upcoming Commonwealth Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP - Ashley Landis
Hockey Canada logo is seen at an event in Toronto on Wednesday Nov. 1, 2017. TSN has extended its media rights agreement with Hockey Canada through the 2033-34 season.The sports network announced Tuesday that the agreement fives TSN and French-language broadcaster RDS exclusive rights to Hockey Canada events, including the world junior championship. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Hockey Canada releases plan to combat ‘toxic’ culture ahead of parliamentary hearings

Organization commits to centralized tracking and reporting system for abuse complaints

Hockey Canada logo is seen at an event in Toronto on Wednesday Nov. 1, 2017. TSN has extended its media rights agreement with Hockey Canada through the 2033-34 season.The sports network announced Tuesday that the agreement fives TSN and French-language broadcaster RDS exclusive rights to Hockey Canada events, including the world junior championship. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Pierce Lepage, of Canada, competes in the decathlon pole vault at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday, July 24, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, David J. Phillip
Pierce Lepage, of Canada, competes in the decathlon pole vault at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday, July 24, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, David J. Phillip
Andre De Grasse, of Canada, wins the final in the men’s 4x100-meter relay at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ashley Landis

De Grasse leads Canada to men’s 4x100m relay gold at world championships

Canadians set a national record and world-leading time of 37.48 seconds Saturday

Andre De Grasse, of Canada, wins the final in the men’s 4x100-meter relay at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ashley Landis
Sophia Schubert, of the United States, follows her ball after playing on the 5th hole during the last round of the Evian Championship women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, July 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Sophia Schubert, of the United States, follows her ball after playing on the 5th hole during the last round of the Evian Championship women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, July 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
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
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B.C. commits $500K to address abuse in amateur sport

Funding will go toward viaSport’s Play Safe B.C. program

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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)
Cycling is a popular summer activity and takes various forms including mountain biking and road cycling. (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: Are you ready for some summer sports?

The summer months are a time to enjoy outdoor sports and recreation.

Cycling is a popular summer activity and takes various forms including mountain biking and road cycling. (Black Press file photo)
The 7 Generations Cup is a skateboarding competition that started on Friday, June 10. The ticketed event is scheduled to run until Sunday, June 12 at Langley Events Centre, and is open to the public. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

Skateboarders flying from around the globe to Lower Mainland

Competitors prepare for first-ever ‘7 Generations Cup’ underway at Langley Events Centre

The 7 Generations Cup is a skateboarding competition that started on Friday, June 10. The ticketed event is scheduled to run until Sunday, June 12 at Langley Events Centre, and is open to the public. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)
Bayern’s head coach Julian Nagelsmann, left, gives instructions to Tanguy Nianzou, center, and Alphonso Davies during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Stuttgart, at the Allianz Arena, in Munich, Germany, Sunday, May 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Probst )

Canada-Panama match canceled in labor, equal pay dispute

Dispute includes a demand that the women’s national team get equal match fees

Bayern’s head coach Julian Nagelsmann, left, gives instructions to Tanguy Nianzou, center, and Alphonso Davies during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Stuttgart, at the Allianz Arena, in Munich, Germany, Sunday, May 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Probst )
A Canada soccer logo is seen on Alphonso Davies in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, March 24, 2019. A planned training session for Canada’s men’s soccer team was scrapped Friday amid ongoing discussions about player compensation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada men’s soccer training session scrapped amid compensation talks

Dispute in part over how much the athletes will get for playing in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

A Canada soccer logo is seen on Alphonso Davies in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, March 24, 2019. A planned training session for Canada’s men’s soccer team was scrapped Friday amid ongoing discussions about player compensation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Expedition Canada 2022 is coming the Okanagan on June 5. (Photo- Expedition Canada)

VIDEO: The world’s biggest adventure race is coming to B.C.

The non-stop 500 km course will see world competitors traverse Okanagan terrain and water

Expedition Canada 2022 is coming the Okanagan on June 5. (Photo- Expedition Canada)
The Canadian National Youth Darts Championship was held from May 19 to 23 in Toronto. Submitted photo.

Mission teenager crowned Canada’s top young darts player

Samantha Ponak, 17, wins singles in Canadian National Youth Darts Championship in Toronto

The Canadian National Youth Darts Championship was held from May 19 to 23 in Toronto. Submitted photo.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza speaks to the media after being eliminated in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs during a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Spezza announced his retirement Sunday after a 19-season NHL career. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Veteran forward Jason Spezza announces retirement, will join Maple Leafs front office

Spezza played with the Senators and Dallas Stars before joing the Leafs in 2019

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza speaks to the media after being eliminated in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs during a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Spezza announced his retirement Sunday after a 19-season NHL career. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette