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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

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
Victoria basks in the national spotlight on Hockey Day in Canada

Victoria basks in the national spotlight on Hockey Day in Canada

Thousands of people converged on Ship Point on Saturday for the celebration as the full Hockey Night in Canada crew broadcast from above, atop Milestones Restaurant, beaming images of the Inner Harbour, B.C. legislature and Empress to viewers across the country.
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.
Tofino surf prodigy wins bid for citizenship and will represent Canada

Tofino surf prodigy wins bid for citizenship and will represent Canada

Erin Brooks, 16, is considered a medal threat for this summer’s 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Capacity crowd in Langford cheers Christine Sinclair and Team Canada to victory

Capacity crowd in Langford cheers Christine Sinclair and Team Canada to victory

Christine Sinclair came into the game at 63 minutes to a thunderous standing ovation and stayed long after the final whistle, signing autographs and posing for selfies.
Island U-15 hockey player in hospital following incident in game

Island U-15 hockey player in hospital following incident in game

Three players have been suspended pending review of the incident
Island greats Cochrane, Sharpe to be inducted into B.C. Sports Hall of Fame

Island greats Cochrane, Sharpe to be inducted into B.C. Sports Hall of Fame

Swimmer, skier won Olympic medals
Levins sets record in half-marathon; Anderson wins men's marathon, Tay wins women's marathon

Levins sets record in half-marathon; Anderson wins men's marathon, Tay wins women's marathon

Cam Levins wins half marathon in record time: 1:01:18; Aidan Anderson wins men’s marathon in 2:29:06; Lydia Tay wins women’s marathon in 2:49:49. A camper van strayed into Levins’ path near the finish line.
Island-based Olympic-champion Canadian women's eight qualifies for Paris Games

Island-based Olympic-champion Canadian women's eight qualifies for Paris Games

World rowing championships wrapped up Sunday
Victoria's Sam Shaw selected by Blue Jays in MLB draft

Victoria's Sam Shaw selected by Blue Jays in MLB draft

Victoria Eagles star drew the dream selection from a team he has been following his entire life.
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