Kamloops to host 2018 boys' national basketball championships

By Chad Klassen
September 26, 2017 - 3:18pm

KAMLOOPS — The Tournament Capital of Canada is living up to its name once again.

Canada Basketball and Basketball BC announced on Tuesday that Kamloops will host the U-15 and U-17 boys' national championships from Aug. 6-11, 2018.

“It is very exciting for us and basketball in this province to again host Canada Basketball sanctioned Nationals,” said Lawrie Johns, Basketball BC Executive Director.  “Teams from each province as well as the three territories are invited and we expect at least 12 to compete for a national championship.” 

TRU Wolfpack men's basketball coach Scott Clark said hosting a national championship is a great opportunity to showcase the game in Kamloops. 

“The National Tournament has been a precursor to playing at a higher level, whether that be CCAA, U SPORTS, National Team, or pro," said Clark. "This tournament has marked the coming out of many great players including Kamloops own Kelly Olynyk. We look forward to hosting our country’s finest players.”

Byron McCorkell, the Director Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services, added “the city looks forward to working with Basketball BC and Thompson Rivers University in hosting the Male Nationals in 2018. It will be an excellent opportunity to showcase our updated track and new third hardwood court in the Fieldhouse of our world-class Tournament Capital Centre."

Victoria will host the U-15 and U-17 women's national championships in 2018, while the 2019 national championships will take place at the University of New Brunswick. 

— With files from Basketball Canada

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