More than 1,800 Indigenous athletes and their families and supporters will descend on the Alberni Valley next week for the annual Nuu-chah-nulth Tlu-piich Games.
“Since 2009 when we revived the Games our focus has been more on family events for young athletes coming up, to introduce sport to them and provide an opportunity for them to have a great event so they have lifelong memories,” Games co-ordinator Richard Samuel said.
The grand march and opening ceremonies take place Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. at Bob Dailey Stadium, where track and field events are taking place Aug. 7–8.
The Tlu-piich Games, which run until Aug. 12, also feature slopitch at Gyro Recreation park, canoe races at Canal Waterfront Park and three-on-three basketball Aug. 8–9 at Maht Mahs Gym.
The Games needs at least 50 volunteers and are still recruiting, volunteer co-ordinator Earl Tatoosh said.
An orientation luncheon for volunteers is planned for Thursday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Hupacasath House of Gathering.
Volunteer forms are available at the luncheon as well as the Port Alberni Friendship Centre, Hupacasath House of Gathering, Tseshaht Admin Building, Quu’asa, the Uchucklesaht, Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Nuu-chah-nulth Employment and Training (NETP) on Eighth Avenue.
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