Junior All Native Tournament Wraps After Five Days of Competition
From March 20-25, 2022, an estimated 870 First Nations youth on 65 teams, from across the province came to Syilx territory to compete at the Junior All Native Tournament. As the largest First Nations gathering in the province since the pandemic took hold in 2020. This tournament celebrated both First Nations athletes, as well as rekindled lifelong friendships and created the space for new friendships and connections.
“This week has really been a true celebration of our children and the importance of sport to wellness. Over the last week we have heard from young athletes, and their families, community members and coaches how happy they were to all be brought together and with the tournament in general. As a grassroots initiative the Junior All Native Tournament not only exhibits both First Nations excellence in sport and sportsmanship, but also illustrates how our communities support and encourage youth in the face of continuing obstacles. We want to thank all the volunteers and supporters that made this year’s JANT the success that it was,” Tara Montgomery, JANT 2022 Tournament Director stated.
Final competition games will be held for the 17 and Under Girls at 2:00 pm and the 17 and Under Boys at 3:30 pm, both at Kelowna Secondary School.
Finally, we are pleased to announce that the Snuneymuxw Native Sons will host the 2023 Junior All Native Tournament in Nanaimo, BC next year.
For further info contact:
Tara Montgomery, Tournament Director
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