Girls aged 13-14 race in the 100m during Day One of the Tlu-piich Games on Tuesday, Aug. 7. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Tlu-piich Games kick off in Port Alberni

Hot weather didn’t stop track and field events at Bob Dailey Stadium

Despite temperatures hovering in the mid-30s and smoke drifting from nearby wildfires, athletes and spectators gathered for the opening of the Tlu-piich Games on Tuesday, Aug. 7, starting with track and field events and a ceremony at Bob Dailey Stadium.

READ: Tlu-piich Games start Aug. 7 in Port Alberni

Nine teams took part in the grand march: Tseshaht, Huu-ay-aht, Tla-o-qui-aht, Hesquiaht, Ditidaht, Ahousaht, Uchucklesaht, Hupacasath and the PA Wolves.

The Tlu-piich Games have been taking place in the Alberni Valley for 36 years. Each year, the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) hosts summer games for players of Aboriginal descent in the Alberni Valley and on the West Coast. The word ‘tlu-piich’ means ‘summer.’

The games will continue until Sunday, Aug. 12.

 

Eight Nuu-chah-nulth Nations marched in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Tlu-piich Games. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Tseshaht First Nation performs a welcoming song at Bob Dailey Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Tlu-piich Games on Tuesday, Aug. 7. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

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