BCTF job action will not affect provincial hoop tournaments, Bombers open AA Championships Wednesday against Mission
The show must go on.
The recent three-day walkout by the B.C. Teachers Federation will not impact any of the upcoming B.C. High School Basketball Championship tournaments set to begin this week in various cities across the province.
Included in the tournament is the L.V. Rogers Bombers, which won the Kootenay zone crown and will attend the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Championships beginning Wednesday in Kamloops.
“B.C. School Sports sent out a directive that (AA Championships) was a go and the BCTF (B.C. Teachers Federation) said any stuff planned up to and Including the Spring Break was a go,” said a spokesperson from L.V. Rogers High School.
Kootenay Lake School District No. 8 Superintendent/CEO Jeff Jones, at first, was not aware LVR had a team heading to a provincial tournament.
After checking, was assured by the LVR administration, yes, the Bombers were able to attend.
“Yes, the Senior boy’s basketball team is going to Kamloops,” Jones confirmed.
“They have a community coach and with a School District sponsor and will be travelling using parent drivers,” Jones added.
In past job actions by the BCTF, extracurricular activities were used as a bargaining tool.
However, this strategy backfired on the union as more and more teachers didn’t want personal time interests used for political purposes.
The Bombers open the tournament Wednesday at 10 a.m. against the top seeded Mission Roadrunners.