Pack of Saanich Piranhas eyes more medals

Swimmers compete in championships in Nanaimo this week

Saanich Peninsula Piranhas division 1 200 metre freestyle and medley relay regional gold medallists

Saanich Peninsula Piranhas division 1 200 metre freestyle and medley relay regional gold medallists

Twenty-seven local swimmers from the Saanich Peninsula Piranhas are off to the B.C. Summer Swimming Association Provincials this weekend.

The swimmers competed at the Vancouver Island regional meet Aug. 4-5 in Courtenay and out of 32 swimmers from the Piranhas who participated in the heats, 27 of them are headed to Nanaimo for provincials.

“I’m hoping to get the backstoke provincial record and hopefully a medal,” said Phil Vellacott, 13. “When I was up at regionals two weeks ago I broke the regional record in 100 [metre] backstroke, 100 freestyle and 50 freestyle, so I hope I can do it in Nanaimo.”

The records Vellacott broke at the regional meet dated back to the ’80s.

Also heading to Nanaimo with record-breaking times is a young relay team, including Sidney swimmer Vienna Wakefield, 7.

“I’m really excited to swim in my relay,” Vienna said. “I swim with three other girls in freestyle and I’m hoping we get first place. If we get first, we get a medal.”

Vienna and her teammates Sierra Edwards, Kaysha Bikadi and Ava Carius came first at the regional meet in Courtenay and also broke the regional record.

“In her division they won two relays, the 200 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay,” said Vienna’s mother Stephanie. “The freestyle relay is where they broke the regional meet record by three seconds so that was really exciting for them.”

The B.C. Summer Swimming Association Provincials began Monday, Aug. 13 and wind up on Sunday, Aug. 19 at  the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

Just Posted

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.’s Indigenous language, art and culture

North Saanich advisor says initiative supports urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

General manager Lindsey Pomper says Sidney’s Star Cinema cannot wait welcome audiences when it reopens June 18, amid an easing of public health measures. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney’s Star Cinema raises curtain for the first time after months in the darkness

Iconic theatre to reopen at half capacity for Friday night showing

A dogs in parks pilot study unanimously approved by Saanich council will evaluate how park space can best be shared between dog owners and non-owners alike. (Photo by Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Saanich to study park-sharing strategy between those with and without pets

District-wide People, Parks and Dogs study to produce recommendations by fall

Staff member Lena Laitinen gives the wall at BoulderHouse a workout during a media tour on June 16. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)
BoulderHouse raring to rock Langford

Popularity of bouldering continues to climb across Greater Victoria

GardenWorks nursery in Oak Bay at its home until August. (Black Press Media file photo)
GardenWorks puts down new roots in Oak Bay this summer

Nursery shifts down The Avenue to fill former fitness studio space

The BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin saw 16 fawns come through in May, with another four in the first four days of June. (Courtesy Wild ARC)
An abandoned fawn doesn’t mean it’s orphaned, reminds Greater Victoria wildlife expert

20 orphaned fawns turned in to Wild ARC in Metchosin so far this season

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: When was the last time you visited the mainland?

The films are again lighting the screens at local theatres, the wine… Continue reading

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of June 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

Most Read