CCAA Women’s Basketball returns to Nanaimo

CCAA Women’s Basketball returns to Nanaimo

The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) will return to familiar territory in March 2020.

Vancouver Island University (VIU) has been officially named host of the 2020 CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship. The Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) institution will host the event in Nanaimo, BC, from March 18-21, 2020. VIU’s Nanaimo Campus is proudly located on the unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.

“We are extremely excited to return to Nanaimo for the Women’s Basketball National Championship,” said Mai-Anh Nguyen, CCAA Women’s Basketball Convenor. “They have done a great job hosting past championships and we are excited that VIU will be hosting once again in 2020.”

The tournament will feature eight teams from across Canada: five conference champions, two wildcard teams and the host VIU Mariners. All matches will take place at the VIU gymnasium, which is scheduled for resurfacing this summer.

“We are honoured to have the opportunity to host this great championship in 2020,” said Stephanie White, Director High Performance Sport, Recreation and Physical Literacy at VIU. “Vancouver Island University is a strong player in Canada’s varsity athletics scene and Women’s Basketball has emerged as one of the many strong teams at VIU.”

The Mariners have recently thrived under new head coach Tony Bryce; VIU placed fourth at the 2019 CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship, hosted by Cégep de Sainte-Foy in Quebec.

The Mariners, PACWEST champions in 2013, 2016 and 2019, will be looking to earn CCAA gold for the first time since 1998.

Since 2007, VIU has hosted CCAA National Championships on five occasions: Men’s Volleyball in 2007, Women’s Volleyball in 2012, Women’s Basketball in 2015, Badminton in 2016 and Men’s Soccer in 2017.

“We are extremely proud of our experiences hosting National Championships at VIU and are excited and well-prepared to host an exceptional National Championship event for scholar-athletes, coaches and the community in 2020,” said Ralph Nilson, President and Vice-Chancellor at VIU.