Travel concerns to the north have spiked Dawson Creek's hosting of the AAA Girls Volleyball Championships.
It has been announced the event will not take place in Dawson Creek as BC School Sports (BCSS) announced Thursday it would be moving the provincial tournament from Dawson Creek to Crofton House School in Vancouver, amidst concerns about travelling to Dawson Creek.
"BCSS received numerous messages expressing concern from districts, schools, coaches and parents about travelling to Dawson Creek for the event. After examining the current COVID-19 case numbers, and relatively low vaccination rates in the community the decision was made to move the Championship to a different location," said BCSS Executive Director Jordan Abney in a press release.
Dawson Creek and DCSS was originally set to host the 2020 provincial tournament, before it was cancelled due to the pandemic, and was granted the 2021 event as a result.
"The Board wants to recognize those at Dawson Creek Secondary who have been preparing for this event and had a great plan in place. This decision is not a reflection of the school or its work to prepare for this championship," Abney said. "The Board has offered Dawson Creek the choice to host this event in 2022 or 2023."
The DCSS senior girls volleyball team has been a threat for the provincial title in recent years, and 2021 is shaping up to be no exception. BCSS announced the team will be getting a berth to the tournament in Vancouver.
This is the second prominent girls youth sports events to be moved from Dawson Creek or cancelled this Fall. The 2021 U18 National Women's U18 Championships were set to start this Sunday, October 31 in Dawson Creek, but Hockey Canada cancelled the event on September 27.
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