Australia’s Women’s National Team (“The Matildas”) Invite Public to Attend Open Practice

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Australia’s Women’s National Team will be holding a training camp in Vancouver ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, which kicks-off in just 16 days! Local club soccer coaches, players, and the public have an opportunity to observe the Matildas training in their own backyard. This rare experience will also include a Q&A session for club coaches with Australia’s WNT Head Coach, Alen Stajcic; and a player meet-and-greet for all.

When: Tuesday, 26 May
10:00-12:00 Open Session
12:00-13:30 Q&A Session and Player Meet & Greet

Where: Trillium Fields, 600 National Avenue, Vancouver

Canadian Underwater Hockey Championships Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: DavidUnderwater | Wikipedia

Photo credit: DavidUnderwater | Wikipedia

Turns out the playoff hockey season isn’t over in Vancouver, after all.

The Canadian Underwater Hockey National Championships are coming to Metro Vancouver. This unique take on hockey is played with masks and snorkels at the bottom of a pool. And from May 15-May 17, Canada’s best underwater athletes will converge on Coquitlam to duke it out for top honours.

The championship is organized by the Canadian Underwater Games Association. Since 1984, the association has worked to promote the expansion of underwater sports in Canada, including hockey, rugby, orienteering and even target shooting.  Currently, there are underwater hockey and rugby teams located in six provinces and one territory.  In Vancouver, teams practice several times a week at the UBC Aquatic Centre and CG Brown Memorial Pool in Burnaby. Each year, the best teams go on to compete in international competitions.

So how does underwater hockey work? Continue reading:
Canadian Underwater Hockey Championships Coming to Vancouver

Dive BC – the Video…

Getting ready for a dive at Horseshoe Bay. Photo: Stephen Pearce

Getting ready for a dive at Horseshoe Bay. Photo: Stephen Pearce

by Stephen Pearce for Inside Vancouver

This is why I dive here…

I often get asked what the attraction is to cold water diving in British Columbia. And there has never been an easy way to communicate the thrill and beauty of what there is to discover so close to home.

Until now…

Dive BC in association with Seaproof.tv has just produced a spectacular 3 minute video that showcases our awesome destination both above and below the ocean’s surface.

Take a look…

And perhaps this will be why you dive here as well.

You can find more information about Dive BC at www.scubadivebc.com

Run One of the World’s “Top-10 Destination Marathons”: BMO Vancouver Marathon, May 3

Photo credit: Christopher Porter | Flickr

Photo credit: Christopher Porter | Flickr

Turns out the Sun Run was just a warm-up.

Fresh off hosting Canada’s biggest 10K, Vancouver is gearing up for one of the world’s most “exotic” marathons. This May 3, thousands of runners converge on the city for the BMO Vancouver Marathon – 42.2 kilometres of Pacific coastal forest, beaches, leafy residential neighbourhoods and mountain vistas.

Last year, the scenic course was named a top-10 “marathon worth travelling for” by Forbes, sandwiched between the Great Wall Marathon in China and Big Sur International Marathon in California. Meanwhile, CNN Travel has listed it as one of the world’s most exotic marathons, up there with the Dead Sea Marathon in Jordan and Australian Outback Marathon.  Continue reading:
Run One of the World’s “Top-10 Destination Marathons”: BMO Vancouver Marathon, May 3

The Annapolis – Vancouver’s Newest Scuba Gem

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Photo: Stephen Pearce

By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on fantastic scuba diving opportunities near Vancouver. This time Stephen explores the Annapolis.

The sinking was perfect.

On Sunday April 4, 2015, under a brilliant blue sky, hundreds of local boaters and onlookers were joined by a television viewing audience of millions to watch the planned detonation and sinking of the HMCS Annapolis in Halkett Bay near Vancouver.

In two minutes it was all over – and the ship had slipped gently beneath the ocean’s surface to settle perfectly upright some 30 meters below. It was the culmination of seven years of hard work by the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia and a dedicated army of volunteers.

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The Annapolis – Vancouver’s Newest Scuba Gem