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Cleve Dheensaw

Cleve Dheensaw

Cleve Dheensaw has been covering sports for the Times Colonist since 1981. His more than 40 years of stories on Island athletes and events earned him induction into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 2020 as first inductee into the media category who spent his entire career outside the Vancouver market.

Cleve has followed Island athletes around the world. His range of stories — from Island players in the soccer and rugby World Cups to Silken Laumann, Steve Nash, Simon Whitfield in the Olympics and the legendary Gait twins in lacrosse — have captured an era in Island sport.

Cleve is also the author of six books about the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, B.C. lacrosse history and the history of sport on Vancouver Island.

A native of Vancouver Island, Cleve is a graduate of Victoria High School and the University of Victoria.

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Recent Work by Cleve

Mixed-gender doubles badminton nixed from B.C. schools; petition calls for reversal of decision

Mixed-gender doubles badminton nixed from B.C. schools; petition calls for reversal of decision

Nearly 3,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the decision to be reversed
Island prodigy and Royals draft pick first player granted exceptional status by BCHL

Island prodigy and Royals draft pick first player granted exceptional status by BCHL

Eli McKamey will play next season for the Penticton Vees
Victoria cyclist Pickrell crashes out of Giro

Victoria cyclist Pickrell crashes out of Giro

Two other teammates injured in race
Canuckmania a boon to Island bars and pubs as NHL playoff buzz builds

Canuckmania a boon to Island bars and pubs as NHL playoff buzz builds

A rare Vancouver Canucks run in the NHL playoffs has ignited interest across the province
Hockey Day in Canada preparations fitting together like a jigsaw

Hockey Day in Canada preparations fitting together like a jigsaw

Events run Thursday through Saturday at the Inner Harbour and other Victoria locations. Scenes from Victoria on Sportsnet nine-hour TV hockey broadcast on Saturday, featuring games involving all seven Canadian teams, plus a Royals game at Memorial Centre.
Cougars score once to win stingy 1-0 game

Cougars score once to win stingy 1-0 game

Both goaltenders, 17-year-old rookies, were factors as Joshua Ravensbergen recorded a 16-save shutout for Prince George and Jayden Kraus made 32 saves to keep Victoria in the game.
Red-hot Cougars, Royals meet this weekend in Prince George

Red-hot Cougars, Royals meet this weekend in Prince George

The Royals (17-11-2) are six points behind the leading Cougars ­(21-7), making this a potential big swing weekend for both clubs.
Western Hockey League mandates immediate use of neck guards

Western Hockey League mandates immediate use of neck guards

Jesse Adamson, director of communication for The B.C. Hockey League, which includes the Prince George Spruce Kings, said Wednesday that "the BCHL’s competition committee is meeting this week to discuss any league-wide policy going forward.”
Prince George Cougars rally to victory Saturday

Prince George Cougars rally to victory Saturday

The Cougars kick off a five-game homestand Tuesday and Wednesday against the Kelowna Rockets
NHL campers Young, Parker set for season debuts for Cougars, Royals

NHL campers Young, Parker set for season debuts for Cougars, Royals

Victoria hosts Prince George on Friday and Saturday
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