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Throwback Thursday: Sporting look back on fall and winter of 2002-2008

<who>Photo Credit/Cover Design: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>

KelownaNow is in the forefront of recognizing the exploits and achievements of current athletes and teams in the Central Okanagan.

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We’re also committed to shining a light on sports achievements of past years and decades. From Lorne White's deep archives we're featuring the fifth installment in a series of TBT (Throwback Thursday) articles and photo galleries that will revive memories of athletes and coaches, as well as the supporting cast of families, friends and neighbours.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>The Okanagan Gymnastics Centre was represented by five athletes and coach Heather Ivanitz at the 2008 BC Winter Games. From left are Emily Crichton (12), Tiffany Sewell (11), Kelly Atamanchuk (14), Alison Watters (11) and Rachel Stone (11).We welcome your throwback feedback. Contribute your favourite memories about the sports photos from the fall and winter of 2002 to 2008. Fill us in via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram . . . what do you remember most about those action-filled days of a decade ago. Can you identify anyone in the photos with names not attached? If so, pass it on to them.

For continuing to help shape the sporting community and the Central Okanagan in general, thanks to the athletes, coaches and volunteers from KelownaNow.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Scott Emslie in action in a grass volleyball tournament at City Park in 2002. Six years later he would establish the Centre of Gravity in Kelowna, part of his own Wet Ape Productions. Scott is a graduate of KLO Secondary School who went on to star with the University of Alberta volleyball team. And as the MVP of the team, he led the Golden Bears to a CIS (U Sports) championship in 2002. Emslie also played professional volleyball and was a model (top inset) for several years.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Mark Broome, right, climbs over Alex Ponich of the Immaculata Mustangs under the basket during a 2007 senior high school basketball game. Broome went on the play five years of volleyball with the UBCO Heat. He had a brief stint with the Canadian national team before playing professionally in Europe. Last summer he returned to Kelowna where he works with the Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence as well as being head coach with the T2 Volleyball Club.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>The winning women's team in the 2004 Ski2Sea race from Big White to Hot Sands Beach at Kelowna City Park: From left, front: Cindy Rhodes, Laurie Charbonneau, Mel Durban and Laurelee Nelson. Back: Jenn Schultz, Meghan Molnar and Helen Munro.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Duncan Keith played a part of one season (2002-03) with the Kelowna Rockets. The Penticton product started the season at Michigan State University but transferred to the Rockets in mid-season. He had been drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (54th overall) in the summer of 2002. He's been named the James Norris Trophy winner (top NHL defenceman) twice and has his name on the Stanley Cup three times.

Photo Gallery (75 photos) on KelownaNowSports Facebook page

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Dave Dickie comforts his daughter Kaitlyn after her hard work in the Kids Of Steel triathlon in 2002. She went on to play for the KSS Owls' senior volleyball team. Inset: Kaitlyn today - Photo Credit: Nic Collar Film. (Dave hasn't changed).

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>The Immaculata Mustangs celebrated their fourth provincial senior A girls basketball championship in five years after defeating Mt. Sentinel in the B.C. School Sports final in March of 2007 in Kelowna. Members of the team, coached by Dino Gini, were Alex Longo, Alex Basso, Kristina Gasser, Rachelle Beatty, Courtney Campbell, Laura Gini, Lauren Blanleil, Kayla Ungaro, Gabby Guidolin, Nicole Parker, Heather Leier, Jorgia Van de Sype, Marsha Farrow, Alessia Muresu, Jessica Roberts, Taryn Lazarus, Brighton Ellis and Alexa Kennedy. Kara Campbell was the manager and Fran Hooker, the teacher sponsor.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Todd Van der Star of the George Elliot Coyotes goes for a dig during the 2006 B.C. senior boys volleyball championship tournament in Kelowna. Inset: Todd in Salmo, B.C. He founded Salmo Physio in 2015. He "loves to brew beer, mountain bike, backcountry ski and climb mountains." Basically, if it involves sliding, riding, climbing or hiking around on mountains … he’s game.

Photo Gallery (75 photos) on KelownaNowSports Facebook page



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