May 27, 2016

Peel board students compete in first Canadian high school kabaddi tournament

​Nearly 100 Peel District School Board students will participate in 2016 Kabaddi Festival on June 1. Kabaddi is a fast-paced sport that originated in Pakistan and India that combines elements of rugby, tag and wrestling.

“We are excited to have our students take part in the first high school kabaddi event of its kind in Canada,” says John Uren, resource teacher for extracurricular athletics at the Peel board. “This event has been made possible with the tremendous support from coaches in the Brampton community who have helped to educate and train our student athletes.” 

Students from Fletcher’s Meadow, Louise Arbour, Sandalwood Heights and Turner Fenton secondary schools will compete at the Powerade Centre in Brampton. A total of eight teams—four boys and four girls teams—will compete, with each match consisting of two teams. One player from each team will be designated the role of raider. The raiders will take turns running across to the other team’s court, tagging members of the opposing team and returning to their side of the field. Points are awarded based on the number of players tagged and the team that scores the most points wins the match. 

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. on June 1 and is open to the public. The day will end with an awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. The Powerade Centre is located at 7575 Kennedy Rd. S. in Brampton. 

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Media contact: John Uren, Resource Teacher – Extracurricular Athletics, 905-890-1010 ext. 2854, john.uren@peelsb.com   

Reference: Avishka Juta, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2098, avishka.juta@peelsb.com ​
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