|A new home for the 'AAA' Provincials|
B.C. AAA Girls Basketball Championships, presented by TELUS moving to the Langley Events Centre in 2013
English writer Chaucer first coined the proverb “all good things must come to an end” in the 14th century. This proverb has proven true several times in the sports world in recent weeks with the Boston Red Sox changing their World-Series-winning leadership after their epic September collapse and Vancouver tennis star Rebecca Marino replacing her coach after two successful years on the professional women’s tennis tour.
The latest example of this proverb proving true comes with the announcement from the B.C. Secondary School Girls Basketball Association that the B.C. AAA Girls Basketball Championships, presented by TELUS will move to a new host site, the Langley Events Centre, beginning in March of 2013.
The 2012 B.C. AAA Girls Basketball Championships, presented by TELUS will be held for a 19th and final year at Capilano University in North Vancouver next March.
“Our association and girls basketball in B.C. will forever be indebted to Mike Hind and Les Hamaguchi who had the foresight and the vision to move this tournament to a permanent site in a great facility outside a high school setting for the first time in 1994,” said BCSSGBA President Brett Westcott.
“This tournament has become the highest profile high school girls sporting event in Western Canada, and the move to the Langley Events Centre will only help this event to continue to grow into an even bigger event for the benefit of our student athletes, coaches, officials and fans,” said Westcott. “While this change brings an end to our successful stay at Capilano, we think the move will reinvigorate our event for years to come.”
“Our association executive was also extremely happy to be able to guarantee a long term home for the tournament with this five-year agreement which includes the option to extend our stay in the Township of Langley and the Fraser Valley for an even longer period of time,” added Westcott. “We think this move will keep our tournament as a destination event for every high school girls basketball player in the province.”
For the Langley Events Centre, this tournament represents another addition to its impressive list of annual provincial championships hosted at this venue. “We are honored to be selected to host this event and I think this decision speaks to the success of basketball in our community and how well this facility has been received during other provincial events held at the LEC since it opened,” said LEC Director of Business Development Jared Harman. “We want to host the best in sport at the LEC, and hosting the best in B.C. high school girls basketball is another example of this commitment here in Langley.”
The tournament will be played in the state-of-the-art gymnasium which can be configured to put on a first-class tournament with the possibility of growing to include other girls basketball tier championships in future years. The new location will continue to build upon the tradition and the excitement of the tournament while offering some new features for all the participants and their fans.
“We are excited about some of the additional events and the game experience we can offer to the tournament,” said LEC Director of Facility Operations Jamie Rennie. “We are looking forward to doing things like hosting an alumni banquet the final night of the tournament, and we know both the participants and fans will enjoy watching the action and highlights on the videoscreen.”
In addition to the support of the Township of Langley, the Langley Events Centre and the local basketball community, Basketball BC will partner with the LEC and become an integral part of the host committee. "We are extremely excited to be a partner of the Langley Events Centre for the tournament committee beginning in 2013,” Basketball BC's Executive Director Lawrie Johns stated. “As the LEC is now our permanent home, we are certainly ready to assist to make this a truly memorable event."
The 2013 B.C. AAA Girls Basketball Championships, presented by TELUS will be featured in an impressive list of annual provincial basketball championships hosted at the LEC, which also includes the B.C. High School AAA Boys and the B.C. Junior Girls. The LEC gymnasium is also the home court for the Trinity Western University men’s and women’s CIS basketball programs.
For more information regarding the B. C. Secondary School Girls Basketball Association, please contact Brett Westcott at 250-388-9807. For more information regarding the Langley Events Centre, please contact Jared Harman or Jamie Rennie at 604-882-8800.
About the B.C. AAA Girls Basketball Championships, presented by TELUS: The B.C. Secondary School Girls Basketball Association is the organizing body for the AAA, AA and A girls annual B.C. Championship Tournaments. The B.C. AAA Girls Basketball Championships, presented by TELUS is held every March and is a 16-team event played over four days that includes teams from seven geographic zones: Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Northwest, North Central and the Kootenays. The BCSSGBA operates under the umbrella of B.C. School Sports.
About the Langley Events Centre: The Langley Events Centre (LEC) is a 260,483 square foot state of the art facility, which includes an Arena Bowl, Gymnasiums, Banquet Hall and Meeting Spaces all in one. Opened in 2009 with the latest technology, the LEC is home to Trinity Western University Athletics (Basketball, Volleyball and Hockey), the Langley Rivermen of the BC Hockey League, the Langley Thunder of the Western Lacrosse Association and the Langley Junior Thunder of the BC Junior A Lacrosse League. Many organizations call the LEC home including Langley Sports Medicine, Tourism Langley, MLA Rich Coleman, the Langley Gymnastics Foundation, RE Mountain Secondary School, and the Willoughby Community Centre. The facility has hosted events such as the 2010 BC Summer Games, 2011 CIS Men’s Volleyball National Championships, 2011 BC High School Boys AAA Basketball Championships, presented by TELUS, and multiple Provincial Gymnastics Championships. The LEC is also proud to be host to the 2011 World Junior A Hockey Challenge and the 2012 World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling. For more information, please visit www.langleyeventscentre.com