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Mar 6, 2020

National Primary School Basketball Championship 2020

Today, the national primary school basketball championship 2020 was held at the Mexico Sports Center in Belize City. Six schools, one from Corozal, one from Orange Walk, two from Stann Creek, one from Belize District and one from Toledo, competed for medals, trophies and an opportunity to represent Belize at the next CODICADER Games.  This morning, when we stopped by, we spoke with Kaya Cattouse of the National Sports Council about the championship games.

 

Kaya Cattouse, Deputy National Sports Coordinator, NSC

“Schools from all over the country represent their district at the finals today. In the past at the NSC, we used to go from district finals straight into the finals. Now, we have added an extra part of the finals, which is the semi-finals which allows the kids to travel to different districts, get to know different places in their country, instead of just always coming to the city. So, in the semi-finals, we had Orange Walk travel to Toledo. We had Cayo travel to Stann Creek and we had Belize District travel to Corozal.”

 

Kaya Cattouse

Andrea Polanco

“And so, today, talk to us about the teams that are here?”

 

Kaya Cattouse

“So, the teams that are here are the winners from the semi-finals; the only district not represented is the Cayo District. Everyone else got at least one team to represent at the nationals.   So, what we do, we host tournaments like this in all the districts. They get to play within their zones. For example, in the Belize District we have the city, the rural areas and the cayes; the winners from those zones come to the district finals in the city and play against each other to represent the district at the semi-finals. What we do from the sports council is to try and assist the schools as best as possible. We get a coordinator in there to assist them with coaching, training and assist the teachers, things like that.  The incentive for wining this tournament is to represent their country at the CODICADER Games. So, we have changed theage and the rules to suit the CODICADER Games, so that what they are doing here if they win and get selected to represent their country, they would have already played an entire tournament under the same set of rules with the same kids. So, definitely we do prepare them to represent Belize.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Now, you’ve been watching the games so far and it has only just started but what do you think of their performance?”

 

Kaya Cattouse

“I was sitting at the male court and it was Wesley Upper School from Belize City versus St. Peter Claver from Toledo. All these kids are thirteen years and under and they are showing exceptional talent. For the females, as with every sport, we do need to work a bit more on development. At this level girls a little bit more behind than the males. However, they still do their thing; they come to the tournament and they participate.”

 

At the end of the championship, in the female category, Louisiana Government School of Orange Walk took first place; San Antonio Government School of Corozal took second, while Holy Ghost Primary of Stann Creek came in third. In the male category, Wesley Upper of Belize District took first place, while Saint Alphonsus of Stann Creek took second and Saint Peter Claver of Toledo got third. Elva Nunez and Thomas Garcia took home the MVP titles.


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