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Organizers cancel STARS volleyball tournament in Fort Macleod

The COVID-19 pandemic has grounded Fort Macleod’s volleyball tournament in support of STARS air ambulance for the second year in a row.

The tournament organizing committee announced on the weekend it will not go ahead with the event planned for June 11-13.

“We feel that with the way things are going there is no way that we will be able to hold any semblance of a tournament in June,” tournament founder Mike Bourassa of the Fort Macleod Volleyball Club said.

Organizers are now targeting April 2022 for the 19th version of the fund-raising tournament.

The co-ed volleyball tournament is traditionally held on the second weekend in April.

Organizers in December announced the tournament was postponed until May 28-30, and then in January postponed it further until June 11-13.

Committee members were hopeful that by postponing the tournament until June, public health measures in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 would be relaxed.

As the pandemic enters its 14th month, however, the number of new cases has risen daily and the government has delayed moving into the next phase of its reopening plan.

Restrictions on adult indoor sports and the size of public gatherings remain in place. The STARS tournament attracts more than 40 teams for competition in four skill categories. The tournament also features a cabaret and dinner, and beer gardens as part of the social element.

Those things would not be possible due to public health measures put in place by the government. The tournament’s mandate is to raise at least $5,400 to fund one mission by the STARS helicopter.

In recent years the tournament has been able to fund two life-saving flights each year.

“I am very hopeful that on this weekend a year from now we will all be together playing volleyball, raising money for STARS and having a great time again,” Bourassa said.

For information about the 2022 STARS Charity Volleyball Tournament contact Mike Bourassa at 403-330-3546 or

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