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Bob Lindsay is being inducted into the Okanagan Sun Hall of Fame

Lindsay joining Sun hall

The Okanagan Sun are welcoming long-time board member and and team advocate Bob Lindsay into the clubs Hall of Fame.

The team made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

Lindsay, who was made a life member of the Canadian Junior Football league in 2007, first joined the Sun board as director of finance in 1990.

He helped build a strong, winning tradition both on and off the field, culminating in a national championship in 2000, and numerous BCFC titles.

He retired from the board in 2008.

Known around the team as the "Bobfather," Lindsay established many traditions within the team, not the least of which was the graduates dinner he hosted each year for players moving on from the organization.

Lindsay, who was named CJFL and BCFC executive of the year following the 2000 season, is being inducted into the builders category for his years of commitment, passion and dedication to the Okanagan Sun.

The team will announce other inductees in the coming months. They will be recognized at the Apple Bowl in the coming season.

They will join team founder Dr. Barry Urness, long-time trainer Terry Britton and five players named to the hall of fame when it was unveiled a year ago.



Former Sun lineman returns to guide offence in 2021

Sun alum returns to coach

The Okanagan Sun will have a new, but familiar voice calling plays from the sidelines in 2021.

Former offensive lineman Travis Miller, who spent five years with the Sun from 2005 through 2009, will return as the teams new offensive co-ordinator next season.

He will also serve as offensive line coach.

Miller went on to play two seasons of university football at Acadia, before returning to his hometown of Grande Prairie, AB.

He spent the last nine seasons coaching at Grande Prairie Composite High School, the last six as head coach.

“We are excited to bring another quality person onto our coaching staff that has a high level of playing and coaching experience," said Sun head coach Jamie Boreham.

"Travis brings a level of playing experience and coaching knowledge to the staff that will ultimately make us a better program. The fact he is a Okanagan Sun alumnus makes this a bit of a homecoming for him and exciting for us."

Along with his coaching and co-ordinating duties, Miller will also serve as the teams offensive and Northern Alberta recruiting co-ordinator.



Members of the Calgary Stampeders will participate in a football skills camp in Kelowna later this month

Stamps host football camp

Normally, the CFL Calgary Stampeders would be busy preparing for the stretch run toward the playoffs this time of year.

But, COVID-19 has taken care of that, forcing the CFL to cancel the season, leaving players and coaches on the sidelines like many of the rest of us.

With time on their hands, the Stampeders have teams up with the BCFC's Okanagan Sun and the Alfa Project to host a weekend skills camp in Kelowna Sept. 25 to 27.

The camp is open to players in grades seven through 12, as well as youth and high school coaches.

Seven current and former players and coaches from the Stampeders will be in Kelowna to run the camp, including:

  • Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell
  • Receiver Kamar Jordan
  • Offensive lineman Jon Gott
  • Running back Matt Walter
  • Defensive co-ordinator Brent Monson
  • Defensive line coach Corey Mace
  • Special teams coach Taylor Altilio

The weekend begins with a free question and answer session for youth coaches on the Friday evening at a hotel to be determined.

Players in grades seven to nine, and 10 to 12 will each take part in two position-specific skills sessions Saturday, followed by skills and combine testing on the Sunday.

The camp will be held on the Parkinson Rec Centre fields.

Click here to register. The cutoff for pre-registration is Sept. 18.



Canadian Junior Football League cancels 2020 season

Jr. football pulls the plug

There will be no junior football in Canada this year.

The Canadian Junior Football League became one of the first leagues outside of high school and college programs to officially cancel its upcoming season.

The CJFL made the decision during virtual meetings involving the B.C., Prairie and Ontario conferences Wednesday night.

“It is very disappointing to make this announcement today, but our priority is the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff, and team administrators”, said CJFL commissioner Jim Pankovich.

The decision to cancel the season across the country was unanimous.

Pankovich says at this time, return to play guidelines do not allow large enough gatherings to make training and competition safe for the athletes.

"Despite our hope that the situation in Canada would improve and allow for the CJFL to proceed with the 2020 season, the health and safety challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing risk to our players, coaches and staffs make it unfeasible for the CJFL teams to compete in 2020. "

Wednesday's national meeting followed similar league meetings.

BCFC president Tyler McLaren says the league, which includes the Okanagan Sun and Kamloops Broncos, also voted unanimously to shut down.

"We have to think about the health and safety of the players, coaches and everyone involved," said McLaren.

The three conferences will now focus on a return in 2021.



BC Football Conference to decide on season Wednesday night

BCFC season on the line

Wednesday is decision day for the BC Football Conference.

League executives and representatives from each of the six member teams will meet Wednesday evening to determine whether to try and salvage a season.

If the league does try and forge ahead, plans, as they currently stand, would include a six-game schedule, with games beginning the weekend of Sept. 19 and 20.

However, standing in the way of any possible return, is the province's return to play protocol.

"At this time, and for the foreseeable future, no contact sports will have the ability to start with respect to game and competition play," viaSport stated in an email to Castanet seeking clarification.

Football activities, as well as other sports, can resume provided they are skills and training based, and can adhere to physical distancing and group size guidelines.

Those restrictions would have to be lifted before the league could return to the field.

There has been no indication from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry as to when the guidelines may be relaxed.

It is also expected any return would have to be done without fans in the stands.



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