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Quesnel to host minor lacrosse tournament

Teams from around the region will be playing inside the West Fraser Centre
Voyageur Elementary School in Quesnel recently received 30 lacrosse sticks thanks to an I-SPARC (Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council) grant. (Quesnel Lacrosse Submitted Photo)

The West Fraser Centre will be filled this weekend with kids looking to shoot, score, and pass, but it won’t be hockey players.

Quesnel Lacrosse will be hosting a tournament with teams from Williams Lake, Quesnel and Mackenzie.

Lisa Scott is the President of Quesnel Lacrosse, and said despite a cancelled season in 2020, and a abbreviated schedule in 2021, participation has rebounded to pre-pandemic levels.

“It’s been challenging for some of the kids who come out,” Scott said.

“Lots of new players. They’ll have started in a division with no hitting or no contact, and then they’re all of a sudden into that division where they start contact, but I think that’s challenging for a lot of sports.”

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Even the senior team, which has not played for two years, has found solid participation in 2022.

Tryouts for the BC Games box lacrosse team for the region will also be taking place this weekend.

“We were making comments, ‘is it always this busy, or is it because the last two years with COVID, this is how busy it is?’” Scott said with a laugh.

“It’s nice to be able to have games again and be able to travel.”

Scott also thanked Voyageur Elementary School principal Jolene King for pushing forward an I-SPARC (Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council) grant for 30 lacrosse sticks, which were delivered by Evolve Sports.

FROM OUR ARCHIVES — 2018: Three box lacrosse players represent Quesnel at B.C. Summer Games

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