The Ontario Native Volleyball Invitational comes to The Sault

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A sporting event that will bring in hundreds of athletes, family members, coaches and team enthusiasts to The Sault, is taking over the gymnasiums at Sault College and White Pines C & VS. this weekend.

The 2nd Annual Ontario Native U19 Volleyball Championships will run throughout the weekend, beginning Friday at Sault College, wrapping up on April 2nd.

“There are 14 Female teams and 5 male teams from all over Ontario vying for the provincial championships.” stated Andy Rickard, Regional Coordinator (Central) – Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO).

“We have teams competing from as far away as Kenora in the northwest – Wikwemikong – Manitoulin Island, Whitefish River, Sagamok, Treaty 3,  as well as locally from Garden River.” he said.

“The games start on Friday at 7 pm at Sault College and the tournament will go until Sunday where a Gold Silver and Bronze champion will be awarded to the Male Division and Female Division.” 

Rickard stated that all volleyball games are open to public. “Spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer on the over 175 athletes coming to compete.”

“The Provincial Championships are also an opportunity for the athletes to make impressions on Team Ontario Coaches for the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) coming up this summer.”

“The NAIG games will bring 5000-7000 First Nation – Metis – Inuit athletes from across North America to compete in Toronto this summer.” NAIG takes place July 17 – 23rd, 2017.

The North American Indigenous Games Council (NAIG Council) awarded the 2017 NAIG to Toronto, Ontario, in a successful bid led by the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario and the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation.

‘The Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) are expected to be the largest sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous Peoples in North America. The Toronto 2017 NAIG will host more than 5,000 participants, 2,000 volunteers and countless spectators for 14 sport categories being held within world-class venues located across the Greater Toronto Area, including the Region of Hamilton and Six Nations of the Grand River.’ (http://naig2017.to/en/)

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