More help needed for Games

By Lorraine Forster, July 29, 2011

Fastpitch will again be a highlight of the Tlu-piich games, but it's only one sport of many being planned by organizers.

Port Alberni — 

With the start to the 2011 Tlu-piich games just a few days away organizers are shifting into high gear as they scramble to complete all the last minute details required to host the event.

One of the biggest problems is securing enough volunteers for all the events.

"I'm bumping into a wall when I try and get enough volunteers for basketball," said volunteer coordinator Leisa Fred. The Games need scorekeepers and adult referees for three on three basketball.

Past games have seen a handful of faithful volunteers who are always ready to give their time to support a sporting event. Tlu-piich committee members are hoping some new people will come forward and offer to help out at the games.

Hot sunny weather can make it hard on volunteers who work at the track.

"Last year we had to take a break during track and field events in order to relieve the volunteers," said Fred.

There is a call out to anyone with a First Aid or medical background who would be able to give a couple of hours to work at the First Aid booth. Fred noted some Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council nurses have said they are willing to help.

Any games would not be complete without trophies for the winners. As participation in the games has grown, so has the need for trophies. Individuals, organizations, and businesses are welcome to contact the organizing committee if they would like to sponsor a trophy.

The Tlu-piich Games encourages athletes of all ages and abilities to come and participate in their favorite sports.

Athletes, spectators and volunteers will be able to firm up plans to enjoy the full five days of the Games as programs was available July 28.

Tlu-piich Program of Events

Aug. 2--2nd Annual Golf Tournament--Shotgun start at 1 p.m.; fundraising dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Day One: Aug. 3

Track and Field Prelim--Bob Daily Stadium. Start Time: 3:00 p.m.

Opening Ceremonies--5:00 p.m.

Family Soccer game--after opening ceremonies

Lahal Fun Games--House of Gathering 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Day Two--Aug. 4

Track and Field Finals--Start Time 9:00 a.m.

Outdoor movie Night--Bob Daily Stadium--At Dusk

Lahal Fun Games--House of Gathering--9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Day Three--Aug. 5

Canoe Races--Start Time 7:00 a.m.

Swimming--Echo Pool 1:00 p.m.

3 on 3 Basketball--Maht Mahs Gym

Youth Dance--Port Alberni Friendship Centre

Day Four--Aug. 6

Sr. Mixed Slo-pitch--Echo Minor--Time TBA

Sr. Mixed Fast pitch--Echo Minor--Time TBA

Mixed Volleyball--Time and place TBA

Cultural Night--House of Gathering 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Day five--Aug. 7

Continuation of Sr. Mixed Slo-pitch and Sr. Men's Fastpitch

Closing ceremonies after Men's Fastpitch Tournament.