By Steve Hubrecht
The annual Columbia Valley Clash of the Titans tournament was held May 26 to 28 and was once again a big hit.
This year’s version of the massive tournament saw 57 youth teams from across the East and West Kootenay, Calgary and southern Alberta come to Invermere to take on the hometown Columbia Valley Titans youth teams. The result was that more than 1,000 participants and their families were in town over the weekend, plenty of fun was had, and everybody got their kicks in.
“It’s a huge volunteer effort. So many people put in a lot of time to make it happen, and we are grateful to all of them,” said organizer Rhiannon Tutty. “It’s a great tournament. It’s great for the kids, and it’s great for the town . . . the whole community stepped in and was incredibly supportive.”
One of the gold medal games came down to a penalty kick shootout, and residents turned out in droves to watch, said Tutty. “There was a crowd of hundreds of people. It was unbelievable.”
Tutty has been the lead organizer of the tournament for more than 10 years, but this time stepped back a bit (only a bit) and Toby Benches resident Catrien Dainard was lead organizer.
Tutty extended a particular thanks to Panorama Vacation Retreat, which donated accommodation for all tournament referees.