Gentlemen, start your chainsaws

North Island’s athletes will return to action in a big way the weekend of July 4-6, including a pair of marquee events.

PORT McNEILL—After taking a break for the Canada Day Long Weekend, the North Island’s athletes will return to action in a big way the weekend of July 4-6, including a pair of marquee events.

 

Logger Sports

Port McNeill’s Logger Sports Society will host its annual Logger Sports competition at the Broughton Boulevard logger grounds July 4-5, bringing in several top professional competitors from Canada and beyond to join local challengers.

Once again, a novice division has been included, with the public invited to sign up and take part.

The main show will take begin at 11 a.m. Saturday. On Friday evening, qualifying flights will be held in axe throw and other events requiring limiting the field. Admission is free, and a concession will operate on site.

 

Cops for Cancer golf

The North Island’s annual Tour de Rock benefit golf tournament is scheduled for July 5 at Seven Hills Golf & Country Club, and this time a local rider will be part of the proceedings.

Port Hardy RCMP Tyson Richard has been selected to be part of the tour, which begins in Port Alice Sept. 20 and rolls 1,100 kilometres to Victoria in a fundraiser for paediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes.

Golfing begins at 10 a.m. in a four-person, scramble format. Cost is $60 per player and includes greens fees, lunch and the auction event to follow. To sign up call the pro shop at 250-949-9818.

 

Hockey camp

Benn Olson, a pro hockey player raised in Port McNeill, returns home next week to head the first of three consecutive hockey camps July 1-5 at Chilton Regional Arena.

The Lou Lemire Summer Hockey Skills Camp will follow July 7-11, and the North Island Eagles Hockey Camp for players registered with Tri-Port Minor Hockey clubs will wrap up the summer skating season July 14-17.

 

Diamond time

The two remaining members of the North Vancouver Island Baseball League will also return to the field with a doubleheader weekend of games.

The Hyde Creek Hillbillys and Port McNeill Rangers play at 4 p.m. July 5 & 6.

 

Stocks return

Tri-Port Speedway will also be back in action July 5 with a night session of stock car racing beginning at 6 p.m. Concession and kids play area are available; tickets $5 adults, $3 for youths and $2 for seniors.