Bike polo is a wild ride

Shannon Frey takes off with the ball.  (Photo: Wayne Leidenfrost / The Vancouver Sun)

Shannon Frey takes off with the ball.
(Photo: Wayne Leidenfrost / The Vancouver Sun)

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Patty Bossort 
Level 2

What is bike polo?
Bike polo is played by six people on bicycles.
They chase a hard orange ball. They hit the ball with mallets.

Players cover the wheels. This keeps the ball out of the spokes.

The sport is getting more popular.
Everyone is welcome to play.
Teams can be all male, all female or mixed.

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The business of time

Vahid Yazdanmehr sells many clocks and watches Photo:  Jason Payne/The Vancouver Sun

Vahid Yazdanmehr sells clocks and watches.
Photo: Jason Payne/The Vancouver Sun

Level 1

Meet Vahid.
Vahid was born in Iran.
He came to Canada 30 years ago.
He sells and fixes clocks and watches.
His business is called It’s About Time.
It’s About Time is in Langley, B.C.

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The 2014 Commonwealth Games begin

Long distance runners at the Commonwealth Games Photo:  Jimmy Harris/CC, Flickr

Long distance runners at the Commonwealth Games
Photo: Jimmy Harris/CC, Flickr

Level 3
The Commonwealth Games open today in Glasgow, Scotland.
The games are held every four years.
This year, they are held from July 23 to August 3.
It is the first time Scotland has hosted the games.

About 6,500 athletes will complete
in 17 different sports.

Click here for Canadian athletes to watch at the games.

The British Empire
lasted 346 years.

History
The Commonwealth is a group of nations
that were once governed
by the British Empire.
An empire is a group of countries
ruled by one power, such as a queen.
The British Empire lasted
for 346 years, from 1603 to 1949.

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