Posts By: Kevin Underhill

Vikes track nationals bound

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The Vikes track team dominated the middle distances and relays at the Canada West track championships on Feb. 20–22 in Edmonton. After a brisk two-week stay at home, UVic returns in full force to the University of Alberta track. The Vikes look to build off their Can West results and make a splash at nationals…. Read more »

Strength, speed, skill characterize UVic skating club

With the 2014 Winter Olympics quickly approaching, it’s time to examine a sport that typically skates under the radar. When you think of the winter Olympic highlights, it’s easy to consider hockey, curling, and extreme mountain sports—but what about the art of figure skating? The sport that combines grace, skill, and strength also has a… Read more »

Vikes swimmers strive for championship qualifications

The Vikes swim team enters its spring season with one goal in mind: to qualify as many athletes for the CIS championships as possible. Their only remaining qualification event is the Canadian Western Championships, taking place in Calgary, Alberta.  That meet is about more than just meeting a time standard, says Vikes coach Peter Vizsolyi…. Read more »

They shoot, I write

I drew a hockey rink in my notebook. Underneath, on the same dotted lines that fifth-graders practice on, I described the play: “Naslund to Mo’, back to Naslund—he scores! The Canuck captain buries the wrist shot off the iron and in.” It felt organic. It felt right. I could see the play as I described… Read more »

New year’s resolutions: student edition

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With 2013 but a distant memory, it’s time to reflect on how we can improve. Everyone can make some adjustments and this is the perfect time of year to observe and adapt. University students can fall into routines pretty quickly and before long, it can be a task in itself to pull yourself out of… Read more »

Rogers buys exclusive NHL broadcast rights

A $5.2 billion deal has secured Rogers as the exclusive broadcasters of the NHL for the next 12 years. CBC has a sub-licensing arrangement with Rogers, allowing them to broadcast select NHL games. TSN, the primary Canadian sports network rival , on the other hand, was simply shut out of the November deal.

Water polo club working up to big tourney

The UVic water polo club brands itself as a great spot for beginners and experienced players. They are first and foremost a recreational club; something club Vice President and head coach Patty Massel says could be changing in the near future. “I’d definitely like to see the club grow to be able sustain a competitive… Read more »

Vikes earn silver at the CIS Championships on home turf

UVic’s field hockey pitch played host last weekend to the 2013 CIS National Championships. With the top seed, UVic looked poised to win their 12th national title since 1984. The host team is guaranteed a bid to the tournament, but that wasn’t enough for this young, scrappy Vikes squad. They wanted to earn their bid… Read more »

Vikes fall sports—What’s on the horizon?

Men’s Basketball The men’s Vikes basketball team has gotten off to a wicked start going 5-2 in preseason competition and look to follow it up with another CIS final-eight appearance. After sweeping their season-opening weekend in the Prairies, the Vikes look hot heading into their home opener on Nov. 8, 2013, against the University of… Read more »

Inside UVic sports: Vikes scouting and recruiting

UVic has a rich history of competitive sports teams. The eight varsity sports at UVic—basketball, swimming, soccer, rowing, rugby, field hockey, golf and cross-country/track—have shown great success throughout the years at the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) level. What is it that fosters a competitive sporting environment at a major university such as UVic? Coaching staff… Read more »