Sports in brief: Miller, Campbell off to Hong Kong for sevens rugby tourney

Spencer Miller and Joey Campbell of the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club will play in a major international tournament in Hong Kong.

Spencer Miller and Joey Campbell of the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club have been named to the B.C. Elite Youth Sevens side for a major international tournament in Hong Kong later this month.

The local duo were among 12 players picked for the provincial U18 side that will travel to the Hong Kong Standard Chartered Bank Youth International Sevens, where they will compete on March 22 against a field of teams from Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Team B.C. won the 2012 edition of the Hong Kong tourney, and Miller, an electric scrum half who traveled with the B.C. sevens program to all three major tournaments in 2012, is the only returning player from last year’s championship-winning side.

JOHANSON WINS IN GUATEMALA

Abbotsford’s Rosie Johanson emerged victorious at a recent International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament in Guatemala City.

Johanson, 14, won the Copa Universidad Galileo, knocking off Meghan Kelly of the United States in straight sets (7-5, 6-4) in the final.

The victory boosted Johanson to a career-high 651st in the ITF junior tennis rankings.

HEMLOCK SKIERS SHINE

Five skiers from Abbotsford won gold medals at the Manning-Hemlock Invitational Ski Race last weekend at Manning Resort.

MacKenzie Bell, Chase Burns, Julia Couto, Sydney Kardoes and Gage Sewell – members of the Hemlock Nancy Greene ski team – raced to gold on the “glalom”-style course, which is a combined slalom and giant slalom set-up. The course also featured a speed trap and a jump.

For more information on the Hemlock Ski Club and its ski racing program, visit www.hemlockskiclub.com.

MASTERS SWIM CLASSES AT ARC

Abbotsford Recreation Centre is hosting masters swimming classes on Mondays and Wednesday, but don’t let the name fool you.

Participants don’t need to be an expert swimmer, just enthusiastic. The program offers stroke correction, an organized format, and is suitable for adults who are wanting to be in shape as well as for those training for a triathlon. Sessions run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays at ARC.  For more information call 604-853-4221.

LEARN ABOUT JUDO

The Abbotsford Judo Club is hosting free judo discover sessions over spring break.

The sessions run Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 18-28, with ages 7-12 starting at 6 p.m. and ages 13-18 going at 7 p.m. Participants will learn the basics of the sport and play some fun judo games.

Students should pre-register by calling the club at 604-852-8014 or emailing info@abbotsfordjudo.com.