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DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The 2021 ‘AAA’ girls volleyball provincial championship has been relocated to Vancouver due to concerns around COVID-19, but Dawson Creek Secondary School will still get a berth in the tournament.

A release from School District 59 on Thursday says BC School Sports had received “numerous messages expressing concern from districts, schools, coaches and parents about travelling to Dawson Creek.”

“Given the current COVID-19 case numbers, and relatively low vaccination rates in Dawson Creek, the decision was made to move the championship to a different location,” reads the release.

Instead of Dawson Creek Secondary School hosting the championship event, Crofton House School in Vancouver will be the host venue for provincials.

A memo from BC School Sports says “BCSS is working hard with Crofton and are confident it will be a memorable event for the student-athletes who qualify.”

This decision is not a reflection of the school or its work to prepare for the championship, according to the memo.

“The Board has offered Dawson Creek the choice to host this event in 2022 or 2023. BCSS strongly believes all our member schools should have the opportunity to host a provincial championship event, and we are committed to and look forward to having this event in Dawson Creek soon.”

The memo explains the reasoning for why the would-be hosts will get to play in the tournament in Vancouver.

“Additionally, the Board, in recognition that the senior girls team at Dawson Creek was preparing to compete at provincials, has granted them a berth to this year’s championship, due to the late change of plans.”

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