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Women’s basketball hoped to rebound in Grande Prairie

The Grande Prairie Ladies Basketball League is hoping to see a rebound in participation after the COVID-19 pandemic decimated the number of teams confirmed to play in the last few seasons.

President Dallas English says the hope is to return to a bustling league of players of all skill sets, including those who may pick up the sport for the first time.

“We’ve always had between 8-9 teams in our league, and over COVID-19 the league got kind of decimated because we had a lot of teams who didn’t want to submit their vaccination records, and etc.”

“I think we are sitting at three confirmed teams right now, and I think the city needs to let more people know we have a women’s league,” English adds. “The more people we can get out and stay active, especially in those winter months would be so great for so many ladies in this city.”

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English says organizers understand that a time commitment can be difficult, but only playing for 90 minutes a week is a way they are aiming to make it as accessible as possible.

“We all need to get out and get more active, and there are a lot of moms in the league and sometimes when you have all of that going on, you just can’t do something for yourself,” she says.

“It’s a really nice way to get out, have some friendly competition, and get a run in. Basketball is certainly picking up in this city, there are a lot of kids and families that are playing.”

For more information you can visit the league’s Facebook page.

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