Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Strike Force get a Legislature shout out from MLA Rice

Players from the Lax Kw'alaams
Strike Force and Prince Rupert
Syngery Storm battle it out under
 the backboard at last weeks All Native Tourney

(photo from Lax Kw'alaams Facebeook)

It was two days delayed, but on Wednesday North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice made amends for neglecting to mention the success of the Lax Kw'alaams Strike Force, taking to the Legislature floor on Wednesday afternoon to offer up her salute.

As we noted on the blog on Tuesday (maybe someone passed on the reading material to the MLA?) Ms. Rice and Doug Donaldson from Stikine had both been so caught up in their speechifying that in her review of the Saturday showcase that was the All Native Tournament, she paid tribute to the work of the Skidegate Saints in the Seniors championship.

Such was her rush that she let the success of the young men from the Strike Force slip through the congratulatory cracks.

Wednesday however she tossed one in from three point land, with a fitting tribute to the hard fought battle between Lax Kw'alaams and Prince Rupert, which saw the Strike Force claim their second straight Intermediate victory.

In addition to the salute to the Lax Kw'alaams squad the North Coast MLA also made sure to highlight the Master's tournament players and to offer her best to the champion Hydaburg squad.

Her comments from Wednesday's opening moments can be reviewed below.

On Monday, getting caught up in the rivalry I have with my colleague here over All-Native Basketball, I failed to mention that another team within my constituency had won the intermediate championships. That was the Lax Kw'alaams or Port Simpson Strike Force, who beat out Prince Rupert's Synergy Storm. 

This was their second year in a row of winning the intermediate championships, so I wanted to congratulate Lax Kw'alaams in their victory and acknowledge that we had masters playing as well. 

The Hydaburg, Alaska team beat out another constituency team of mine, Massett, but it was again a phenomenal tournament. I encourage all my colleagues on both sides of the House…. 

If you ever get the opportunity to come up to Prince Rupert for this All-Native Basketball Tournament, it's a phenomenal tournament. It will be 60 years, almost. 

The video of Ms. Rice's comments is available form the Legislature media page, under Chamber video for Wednesday afternoon, the MLA's comments start at the 13:30 minute mark.

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