Nanaimo cleaned up at the U-17 Boy's Beach Volleyball Provincial Championships in Parksville this weekend, placing athletes in all three medal positions.
The team of Riley Kazanowski, 17, and Caleb Harder, 17, both of Nanaimo, beat Nanaimo's Robbie Calvin and Comox's Tristan MacLean 21-19 and 21-17 for the gold medal.
In third place was the all-Nanaimo team Kishan and Jared Parhar.
Kazanowski and Harder, who play for the Vancouver Island Beach Volleyball Club, finished the tournament with a 6-1 record, beating Victoria's Taran Silas and Mark Severinsen to get to the final.
Up next is the National Beach Volleyball Championships at Spanish Banks in Vancouver, from Aug. 23-24.
Island Top Team dominates Washington
Shane Malone continued his Brazilian Jiu-jitsu dominance for Island Top Team, this time winning four gold medals at the Washington State Grappling Championships in Seattle.
He won gold in the men's super heavyweight nogi and gi blue belt in both the advanced and absolute division, submitting all but one of his opponents and never surrendering a point.
He led a big medal haul for Island Top Team as they brought back eight golds and four silver medals and a third place finish overall in the team event, despite being the smallest team at the event.
Robert Biernacki earned gold in men's middleweight nogi expert and in gi black belt, winning all four of his matches by submission.
Eli Wyse took gold in nogi intermediate, winning all of his matches by submission and silver in gi white belt, getting edged out in the final on points.
Umesh Thillaivasan earned gold in men's bantamweight nogi intermediate and silver in men's gi blue belt, despite being a three-stripe white belt.
Taylor Jones rounded out the Nanaimo effort by winning silver in the men's welterweight nogi beginner and gi white belt divisions, using a difficult rolling back take and rear naked choke to finish off opponents.
Harbour City FC looks to secure $125,000 prize
The Harbour City FC's Team France U-8 boy's are looking for Nanaimo's support as they look to secure a $125,000 prize as one of 15 finalists in Canada in the National BMO Team of the Week Contest.
If they win, they will put the money towards soccer field refurbishment. The contest is based on team pride spirit, community commitment and passion for the game.
Despite being one of the youngest teams left in the contest, they have been diligent throughout the year helping raise money for Kid's Help Phone and Canadian Mental Health Association.
The winner will be decided through an online vote that runs through Aug. 19 at http://bmosoccer.com/en/weekly-winners, as well as at voting booths throughout Nanaimo, including at the Vancouver Island Exhibition from Aug. 16-19.
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