Last year’s decision by town council to install hardwood flooring at the Rimbey Community Centre seems to be paying off this year.
Rimbey High School teacher Lisa Shukin said volleyball provincials will be held in town this fall, thanks at least in part to the full size volleyball court and the hardwood floor.
“We could not have students playing on tile as it is not as safe as hardwood flooring,” she said.
Last fall, council agreed to replace the vinyl floor, which was installed in the ‘80s with hardwood at an approximate cost of $80,000. The decision was partially based on findings by former town councilor, Joe Anglin that sports injury rates are 70 per cent greater on a synthetic floor.
Shukin said 12 teams from 2A schools (schools with more than 100 students) will attend the provincials.
“The senior girls’ team is very excited about the event, but are determined to remain focused throughout the season,” she said.
Holding the volleyball provincials in Rimbey will bring an influx of up to 1,000 visitors to town, she noted. Rooms have already been booked at both hotels and restaurants need to be prepared to be busy, she added.
“It’s very similar to provincial hockey.”
School staff is already busy planning for the event.
“It is an honor for our school to host this event on behalf of the Alberta High School Athletic Association and we are looking for the support of our community and its businesses to make it a spectacular event, just like the Midget A Provincials of 2011.”
Businesses or individuals who wish to financially support the provincials will receive recognition of their sponsorship in the Rimbey Review, and school artists will recognize them on the windows of the school before and after the tournament.
Donors will also be recognized in the school newsletter. Window decals will be colored according to the donation amount and placed on school windows. Decals for out of town businesses will also be placed on windows at the town office.
Donations or prizes in lieu of cash will also be gratefully considered.
Anyone who wants to be involved as a sponsor or a volunteer may contact the high school office at 403-843-3761.