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First Nations basketball tournament brings over 700 athletes to Kelowna

Over 700 First Nations athletes are in Kelowna for a five day All First Nations basketball tournament.
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March 20, 2017 - 1:00 PM

KELOWNA - The province’s largest First Nations basketball tournament is taking place in Kelowna this week.

Over 700 athletes, 200 coaches and manager, making up 61 teams, are in Kelowna to take part in the five-day tournament.

In addition to the Junior All Native Basketball Tournament, there will also be a 13 and under All Native Basketball Tournament taking place.

“Young First Nations athletes from across B.C. are striving to represent their Nation through the sport of basketball... Youth come together to learn sportsmanship, hard work, and have a sense of accomplishment,” Syilx basketball couch Peter Waardenburg said in a media release.

The tournament is being co-hosted by Syilx Basketball, Okanagan Nation Alliance, and Westbank First Nation, in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority.

Games are taking place at Kelowna Secondary School, Okanagan Mission Secondary School, K.L.O. Middle School and Immaculata Regional High School.

Canada's First Nations Radio is the official broadcaster of the event. 

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