Cnst. Tyson Richard

Cnst. Tyson Richard

Tour de Rock gets into the swing

The North Island came out to Seven Hills Golf and Country Club last weekend in support of the Tour de Rock.

SEVEN HILLS—The North Island came out to Seven Hills Golf and Country Club last weekend in support of the Tour de Rock and local rider Cnst. Tyson Richard.

The annual Cops for Cancer fundraising tournament brought in at least $7,000 according to preliminary figures, with that number expected to rise as donations continued to come in early this week.

A field of 57 golfers took to the course Saturday for the 18-hole, best-ball scramble-format tournament, with the majority of prizes and auction items donated by local businesses.

Richard extended his thanks to all the event’s supporters. “A big thanks to the local businesses who donated,” he said, “we couldn’t do this without them.”

Even the weather held out for the golfers after threatening rain early on, settling into perfect conditions by the late morning.

“All in all it was a great day,” said Richard.

Three teams tied for the top score to stake first claim from the prize table.

The Men’s Long Drive went to Jason Holmes, with Diane Knight lofting up to take the Ladies Long Drive prize. Closest to the pin went to Bill Jacques.

Richard and his team posted a respectable 71 for the round but he admitted that he was more at home behind handlebars than behind a club.

And he’ll have plenty more time in the saddle in the coming weeks as he continues his training for the Tour de Rock.

The Port Hardy RCMP officer was selected to join the 24-strong team of RCMP members and guests set to tackle the annual 1,000 km fundraising ride of Vancouver Island to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society.

He has been putting in the hours in preparation for the gruelling ride, with a 3-day-a-week regime of hills, speed and distance cycling.

The Tour will kick off September 21 with riders given the traditional send off from Port Alice. The team will make their way south over the following 14 days to arrive in Victoria Oct. 3.

Since 1998, the annual ride has raised close to $20 million for the Canadian Cancer Society, with the money used for paediatric cancer research and family assistance programs.

To lend your support or for more information search Tour de Rock Tyson on Facebook, check out tourderock.ca, or go to convio.cancer.ca/goto/tysonrichard to make a donation.