REPORTING · 10th April 2010
The 6th Annual Cultural Warming Basketball Tournament is going on this weekened at Mount Elizabeth Secondary School and the Haisla Recreation Centre in Kitamaat Village.
“It’s the 6th Annual Cultural Warming Basketball Tournament. It’s open for men and women and right now, we have 13 men's teams and 5 woman’s teams competing for prizes in around $10,000” said Tammy Robinson, Recreation Coordinator and Manager of the Recreation Centre in Kitamaat Village.
“We’ve got 19 teams involved this year. We’re one short of maximum, but we’re pretty happy with 19 teams. For 6 years, the tournament has become self sustaining and is a great success. We’ve got teams from Fort Saint James to Hartley Bay, Prince Rupert, Terrace, Hazelton, Smithers - we’ve got a lot of teams from all over the North,” said Martin Gould, Acting Recreation Director for the District of Kitimat.
The number of teams has increased dramatically over the last two years. The goal of the tournament is to bring nations to join together and play basketball. The tournament is open to any team, nation, race and gender.
The finals are scheduled for Sunday with the Woman’s final scheduled for 5:00 pm and the men's final scheduled for 6:30 pm at the Haisla Recreation Centre. These games will be broadcast live on CFNR. “We’re expecting, as the last 6 years have been, that the men’s final will be very exciting and it will be a real hoot game,” said Robinson.
The tournament has involved 6 months of work for representatives from both Kitamaat Village and the District of Kitimat, who have worked together to put the tournament on.
The photos come from two games. One between Kitamaat and Kispiox played at MESS and the other between Kitimat and New Aiyansh at the Hasila Rec Centre