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VIU Mariners soccer player receives CCAA Torchbearer Scholarship

April 18, 2023

Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners Women's Soccer athlete Shea Battie is a recipient of the CCAA Torchbearer Scholarship for 2023 for her work in helping to build peace through play. A fifth-year winger majoring in Kinesiology, Battie's international initiative began following a connection with Journey House Actions Rwanda (JHA), a non-profit program based in Gashora. Introduced to JHA by... Read more

A group of VIU Mariners women's volleyball teammates celebrate in a circle on the volleyball court

VIU women’s volleyball team seeks national title on home turf

March 1, 2023

The team will try for its fifth consecutive championship during the CCAA Nationals in Nanaimo from March 8 to 11. The Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners women’s volleyball team will look to make history when they host the 2023 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s Volleyball National Championship this month. The team has won the last four CCAA National Championships and... Read more

Douglas Groenendijk grins while standing in a vast green field with a mountain range behind him.

Alum of the month: Douglas Groenendijk

January 13, 2023

Since graduating in 2019, Douglas Groenendijk has appeared on the reality TV series, Farming for Love, and started developing business plans to start his own farm, Legend Dairy Farms. Groenendijk graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Major in Finance. He was a right-side hitter for the Mariner men’s volleyball team. And during his time on the team he received the 2019 PACWEST... Read more

VIU Mariners women's volleyball team celebrating

VIU named host of the 2023 CCAA Women's Volleyball National Championship

July 21, 2022

Mariners women's volleyball team has won the last four consecutive CCAA National Championships and looks to become the first to win five straight. Vancouver Island University (VIU) and the Mariners will host the 2023 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women's Volleyball National Championship in 2023, the CCAA announced today. The VIU Mariners women's volleyball program has won the... Read more

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National Championship Basketball Tournament a Fond Farewell for VIU Student

March 18, 2022

Fifth-year student Amber Lease will suit up as a Mariner for the final time during the CCAA national tournament at VIU. There will be no shortage of top talent to watch during the 2022 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s National Basketball Championship taking place at Vancouver Island University (VIU) this month. And for VIU Mariners women’s basketball team member Amber Lease... Read more

To inspire young female athletes to grow the game, VIU Mariners Women’s Basketball program is launching a new Training Centre.

VIU Mariners Women's Basketball Program Launches Training Centre

September 6, 2019

Striving to grow the game and support female athletes, VIU Mariners women’s basketball coach Tony Bryce, with the support of the Mariners coaching staff and student-athletes, is creating a training centre to encourage female athletes ages 12 to 18 to get out and play. “We are very excited to build the VIU Mariners women’s basketball family,” says Bryce. “While skill development will be an... Read more

The VIU Mariner Men’s Volleyball teams will compete for gold at the CCAA nationals

VIU's Men's and Women's Volleyball Teams Head to Nationals

March 4, 2019

The VIU Mariner Men’s and Women’s Volleyball teams will compete for gold at the CCAA nationals. The VIU Mariner Men’s’ and Women’s Volleyball teams will compete for gold in the CCAA nationals.  The VIU Men’s Volleyball team ended the season on a high note by scoring gold at the PACWEST championship. The team hasn’t won gold at provincials since 2007.   “We’ve had a lot of up and downs this... Read more

VIU Mariner Hockey Player Earns International Attention

May 22, 2018

Criminology student Joshua Cook invited to Great Britain try-outs Sports are not just about the games we play. It’s about the meaningful friendships we build along the way, how we learn to handle defeat and victory, and how we grow as individuals.  This has certainly been true for Joshua Cook, Right Winger for the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners men’s hockey team, who has been invited... Read more

VIU Women's Volleyball Team Wins Gold at National Championship

March 13, 2018

Mariners beat British Columbia rivals to claim victory The Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners women’s volleyball team fought for every point during the national championship to claim gold. Despite entering the championship ranked fourth for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s Volleyball National Championship, the VIU Mariners brought confidence, an enthusiasm to... Read more

VIU's Kaitlyn Lafontaine Receives Prestigious Aboriginal Youth Sports Award

January 26, 2018

Mariners student-athlete recognized for her skill, dedication and commitment to basketball and community contributions Kaitlyn Lafontaine is a dedicated athlete, a mentor and a Vancouver Island University (VIU) student who dreams of using her education to make a positive impact on Indigenous people in Canada. Lafontaine, a member of the Métis Nation, recently received the 2017 Premier’s Awards... Read more