Chippewas of the Thames boys volleyball team captured the bronze in Sault Ste. Marie.

Chippewas of the Thames boys volleyball team captured the bronze in Sault Ste. Marie.

Silver medalists - Garden River First Nation girls team.

Silver medalists – Garden River First Nation girls team.

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day offers congratulations to the parents, players and volunteers of INAUGURAL Youth Volleyball Tournament

 
TORONTO (April 5, 2016) — Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day congratulates the volunteers, the organizers, the parents and the players after a successful 2016 Ontario Native Volleyball Invitational which wrapped up April 3 in Sault Ste. Marie.
“It is part of our responsibility to offer our young people an event like this where they unify in sport and build character and camaraderie,” said Regional Chief Day. “Congratulations to all those involved in this invitational which didn’t receive any major sponsorship but was run by parents and volunteers and led by the ASWCO.”
This was the inaugural event but organizers from the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO) believe with the amount of participation and excitement for the tournament, it won’t be the last.
Sault Ste. Marie hosted 12 female teams and five male teams that accounted for over 175 First Nation youth athletes between the ages of 13-18 participating from across the province. Teams representing Treaty 3, Whitefish Bay, Garden River, Sagamok, Pic River, Wikwemikong, Chippewas of the Thames, Sioux Lookout, Northwestern Ontario, Brunswick House First Nation, Whitefish River First Nation and individuals from various First Nation and northern communities across the province. 
The girls championship game was between the Whitefish Bay Girls who defeated Garden River Seniors, 2 games to 1 in a best of 3 series taking the gold. Garden River won the silver and Treaty 3 Girls took the bronze against Wikwemikong. In the boys division it was Treaty 3 Boys who prevailed victorious over Wikwemikong 2 games to 1 in a best of 3. Wikwemikong captured the silver while Chippewas of the Thames boys won the bronze.            
See more at Aboriginal Sports and Wellness Council of Ontario http://aswco.ca/