REPORTING · 8th November 2014
Martin Gould and Brent Robinson from the Cultural Warming Basketball Tournament Committee were at Council to present a special plaque on Monday, October 20th.
“We’re here together on behalf of the District and the Council to say thank you for the help and support for our event which took place in early April of last year. Once again, it was a complete success,” said Robinson.
There were 12 men’s teams and 10 ladies teams playing high calibre basketball from all over the region. He expressed the event is all about bringing the communities together. It even gets referred to as a mini All Native Basketball Tournament.
“I would like to thank Martin and his whole staff; they bring us to another level and are so professional and their hearts in the right place. Countless hours has gone into the planning,” said Robinson.
Gould explained that the committee voted unanimously to recognize both Councils: the Kitimat Council and the Kitamaat Council, as a part of commemorating the 10th year, with a display to hang in the recreation centre and inspire the players to be ready for next year.
Councillor Mary Murphy wanted to know how the lodging worked out. Robinson stated there were arrangements made for lodging at Riverlodge and at the Haisla Recreation Centre. There were also hotel spaces which opened up. Gould added there was also some billeting.
Mayor Joanne Monaghan admitted it was high class basketball.