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This past weekend was a busy one for sports in Greater Victoria. From the Victoria Shamrocks 2018 regular season home opener on Friday night to the Oak Bay Half Marathon Sunday morning, the events were non-stop.

The Canadian Stand-up Paddleboard Championships took place in Sidney at Beacon Park simultaneously with an announcement from FISA and course tour for the World Rowing Coastal Championships. Coastal rowing happens on the ocean.  Both sports are debuting at the 2019 Pan Am Games that will be taking place in Lima, Peru.

The Sidney-based national rowing championships event will happen Oct 11 – 14, 2018.

The Victoria Highlanders FC hosted their third consecutive game this season at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium.

The Highlanders played twice, once each Friday and Sunday going 1-1 for the weekend, and 1-4 so far on the season. Due to unfortunate scheduling, their first two games were played in Calgary, a team that is expected to win the division. They started the season 0-2 and played well enough during Game 3 at Centennial that they should have won. They won Friday night but lost again Sunday to the TSS Rovers in a thrilling 3-2 match.

See Highlanders game report, here>>

As reported Friday, the Shamrocks won their home opener by the score of 13-11 over the Burnaby Lakers who are now 0-2. The Shamrocks took an unprecedented 69 shots on the Lakers goaltender Eric Penney. Casey Jackson and Jesse King scored five goals each, while Rhys Duch picked up nine assists.

King was back after a year off due to a knee injury. Although his knee was wrapped, he said that he is fine. “It’s the happy triangle, ACL, MCL and meniscus ligaments.” He also picked up an assist for a total of six points, while Jackson picked up three assists for a total of eight points on the night.

View Shamrocks game report and post-game media scrum, here>>

Sunday morning, 627 half-marathon runners took in the Oak Bay Half Marathon led by local triathlete Adam O’Meara, who finished in the time of 1:15:05, nearly five minutes ahead of Chris Bueley, who recorded a 1:20:01. Alex Gladley crossed the line just nine seconds back for third overall.

The first master was Felipe Edora who is credited with a 1:21:21 finish time and a fourth overall placing.

Elsabet Lapointe won the women’s category in the time of 1:26:51, she finished 13th overall.

Katie Leahy crossed the line as second female at 1:29:26, while Sara Malan finished third in 1:31:31.

Karen Hood-Deshon was the first over-40 master in the time of 1:35:27.

The 10K was won by Adam Buzinsky in the time of 34:13, while Michael Angrove finished second recording a 36:56 and the third-place finisher was Adrian Thow in 38:07.

No women broke into the 30-minute range, but Carly Pearson came close, winning the women’s category in the time of 40:21. She was followed in by Stephanie Dacre (42:42) and Dayna Jones (43:20).

A total of 463 finished the 10K, while 27 teams took in the relay event.

Full results are available, here>>

It was also Swiftsure weekend and the 75th running of the Swiftsure International Yacht Race. Full results and stories are available at http://www.swiftsure.org/