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Island know-how fuels Commonwealth Games

~Cleve Dheensaw, Times Colonist Victoria photographer Mike Byrne had his choice of the Sochi Winter Olympics or Glasgow Commonwealth Games this year. He picked Glasgow. In this men’s gold-medal hockey final, Canada didn’t beat Sweden on ice; it was Australia that defeated India on turf. Byrne, the photo manager for […]

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Reunion recalls Commonwealth spirit

~Cleve Dheensaw, Times Colonist To understand the vast reserves of human resources that must be marshalled to host an event such as the Commonwealth Games, consider that it would require two Save-on-Foods Memorial Centres to seat all the volunteers who were mobilized for the 1994 Victoria Games. Even then, a […]


A World Cup in Victoria? Why not?

~Cleve Dheensaw, Times Colonist The 2014 World Cup soccer final is today in Rio. What’s that got to do with the 20th-anniversary celebrations of the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games, to take place Aug. 23 at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence? Maybe a lot, because organizers say they want the […]

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Our Commonwealth Games: A springboard for athletic gold

~Cleve Dheensaw, Times Colonist The walls of the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence, inside and out, are festooned with images of athletes who used its facilities to springboard to Olympics, Paralympics and World Cups long after the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games faded from view. The dramatic posters outside, as you […]


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1994 Commonwealth Games changed Victoria forever

~Cleve Dheensaw, Times Colonist Does hosting a major one-off event fundamentally alter the nature of a city on some civic genetic level? Is Greater Victoria a different place for having hosted the 1994 Commonwealth Games? Or did it even matter? Was it just a carnival that took over the town […]


Your Health: Have Fun and Feel Worthy!

Christie Gialloreto, M.Sc., C.C.C. is a private practice Mental Training Consultant with PISE (Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence). Contact her at cgheadcoach@shaw.ca . The Times Colonist Health Challenge is wrapping up and that means it is time for the participants to reveal their final numbers, share stories of their experience […]