Netball Championships in Barriere this year thanks to $3,000 grant

Barriere will be hosting the 2011 B.C. Under 18 Zone Championships from April 2-3, thanks to a grant for $3,000 received by the British Columbia Netball Association from the Hosting BC Program.

In all, Kamloops and area will host four sporting championships thanks to $18,000 for local sports groups from the Hosting BC program.

 “We’re known as Canada’s Tournament Capital, and there is a good reason for that,” says Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake. “All who come for these events are going to be impressed by our hospitality and how well-organized these events are.”

 Hosting BC funds are going to the following organizations in Kamloops and Barriere:

• Kamloops Aquatic Society DBA Kamloops Classic Swim Club is receiving $5,000 to host the Western Canadian Championships from February 17-20.

• The British Columbia Netball Association is receiving $3,000 to host the BC Under 18 Zone Championships in Barriere from April 2-3, at Barriere Secondary School.

• BC Hockey is receiving $5,000 to host the Male Under-16 BC Cup from April 27 to May 1.

• British Columbia Golf Association is receiving $5,000 to host the BC Amateur Championship from July 10-15.

 Hosting BC is an initiative of the Province of British Columbia to build the province’s reputation as a premier event hosting destination, providing grants to organizations throughout British Columbia.  Since 2004, Hosting BC has invested more than $2.6 million in 34 communities to host 188 events.

As part of the 2010 Sport Legacy Fund, the Hosting BC program funds international and national level events and has been expanded to also include an allocation for smaller provincial, regional and invitational events so that more B.C. communities will be eligible to apply.

For more information on Hosting BC go to: www.bcgames.org or www.hostingbc.ca