SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF

Registration for curling at Glen Meadows is underway.

Register to rock in North Saanich

Registration for curling at Glen Meadows is underway.  Drop in to the office and register for the new 2011/2012 season. Practice ice will be available starting Oct. 1. Call  250-656-3136 for more information.

Men’s eight lock Olympic return

Canada’s men’s eight rowing team will defend its 2008 Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The team ensured its place by finishing second in a semifinal at the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia.

Great Britain (05:31.51) beat Canada by 2.8 seconds (05:32.37).

“I think everyone was really excited for this one — a lot was on the line in this semifinal with Olympic qualifying,” said Andrew Byrnes, one of the remaining members of the 2008 Olympic gold medal boat.

This year’s men’s eight lineup boasts three returning members from the 2008 team: coxswain Brian Price (Belleville, Ont.), and rowers Malcolm Howard (Victoria) and Byrnes (Toronto) along with new regulars Will Crothers (Kingston, Ont.), Rob Gibson (Kingston), Conlin McCabe (Brockville, Ont.), Jeremiah Brown (Cobourg, Ont.), Doug Csima (Oakville, Ont.) and Gabe Bergen (100 Mile House).

College sports now PacWest

Fans of B.C. collegiate sports can say bye-bye to the tongue-twisting title of BCCAA and hello to the much sleeker name of PacWest.

The B.C. Colleges’ Athletic Association has dumped its former, nerdier sports acronym in favour of the Pacific Western Athletic Association.

The new name represents both colleges and universities in B.C. including the Camosun Chargers athletic teams.

“We feel the PacWest name does an excellent job of identifying who we are and what we do and will give us a significant advantage as we implement our marketing plans,” said PacWest president Bruce Hunter in a press release.

The Camosun Chargers are among 14 schools that compete in the PacWest.

The league’s website is now www.pacwestbc.ca.