The Bleu et Or basketball club at École polyvalente Arvida has just closed one of its biggest editions of the last seven years of its weekend mini-carnival festival held in the gymnasiums at École polyvalente Arvida.
In fact, some 500 elementary school students from the De La Jonquière School Board territory fought for top honors in the different categories from Grade 2 to Grade 6.
“We had about 500 young people all from the De La Jonquière School Board, which represents about fifteen schools in the area,” says Pierre-Yves Gagné, Bleu et Or’s technical assistant for development and festival coordinator with Simon- Pierre Ouellet.
“This is the 7th edition I’m taking care of and it’s the biggest one. We have never seen so many teams, “he says, with 49 teams in action in total. This tournament also helps to involve young people in sport-studies in basketball. We hired about 100 young people who coached, refereed and scored or to host the medal ceremony. Most of them started playing basketball in this festival. We made them understand that it’s the nature of things to give back to the next generation, “adds Pierre-Yves Gagne.
The objective of the festival is to make basketball known and to make it try to as many young people as possible. If it can convince some to continue playing, it will be so much better. “And if it’s not basketball, the goal is to interest them in a sport and show them that having a sport while having fun is nice. We create new links, new friends, “he argues.
Among the surprises that punctuated this weekend of minibasket, let us underline the performance of the team of Collège Saint-Ambroise. “They created a nice surprise in their category (2nd-3rd Gold) with the win. They were all young people playing basketball for the first time and they managed to defeat other teams that were already playing. They floated on a small cloud, “concluded Pierre-Yves Gagné.