IN the final instalment of our North Shore sports year in review we look back at the five biggest stories of the year as chosen by the North Shore News' sports editorial board.
THIS week in the North Shore News we're looking back at the biggest moments in North Shore sports for 2012.
NORTH Vancouver's Filip Peliwo already proved himself the best junior tennis player in the world this year and now he can add best junior athlete in Canada to his resume.
NORTH Vancouver tennis star Filip Peliwo's historic season was topped off last week when the True Sport Foundation announced his nomination as a Junior Athlete of the Year finalist for 40th Canadian Sport Awards.
WHATEVER happens next in the tennis career of North Vancouver's Filip Peliwo, he will now forever know that in 2012 he was the best junior player in the world.
FOR one set, it looked like North Vancouver teen tennis phenom Filip Peliwo might not have to pay his dues like most everyone else as he makes the jump from the junior ranks to the pros.
RECENTLY crowned Wimbledon junior champion Filip Peliwo will make a triumphant homecoming this week, starring on centre court in a feature match at the Odlum Brown Van Open hosted by West Vancouver's Hollyburn Country Club.
AFTER North Vancouver's Filip Peliwo won his first national tennis title at the under-14 junior indoor Canadian championships in 2008, he revealed some very lofty goals.
RETIRED tennis superstar Martina Hingis will hit the court at West Vancouver's Hollyburn Country Club Aug. 1 for an exhibition match during this year's Odlum Brown VanOpen.
NORTH Vancouver's Filip Peliwo made his second consecutive junior Grand Slam tennis final on Sunday and for the second straight time ended up with the smaller trophy, this time losing to Belgian Kimmer Coppejans in the French Open final at RolandGarros.
NORTH Vancouver tennis phenom Filip Peliwo swung for the fences last week and just missed a Grand Slam, finishing second in junior men's singles at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Yaletown Olympic bobsledder Justin Kripps rarely fails to entertain.
The pros are back at West Vancouver's Hollyburn Country Club this week for the annual Odlum Brown Vancouver Open tennis tournament and this year there's more cash up for grabs than ever.
Saturday July 30 & Sunday July 31 are FREE to the public-you'll see all the VanOpen qualifiers in action along with a special exhibition match on Saturday evening with DUAL HAND LUKE! Luke Jensen, the 2003 French Open doubles champion and 10-time ATP doubles winner, who is now a leading television tennis commentator, will be conducting a pair of exclusive two-hour clinics, over-seeing the live draw of VanOpen matches, participating in a special exhibition match on Hollyburn's stadium court and will also be the featured guest at the tournament's champions dinner on Saturday night.