Vancouver, B.C - The Annual 'No Regrets' Tournament returns to North Vancouver starting tomorrow. The tournament is always looked forward to as a competitive tournament that brings teams from across Canada, and the globe beginning this year, to the North Shore. It is however, important to remember the origins of the tournament. Originally the North Shore Invitational, the tournament was 'rebranded' to the 'No Regrets' Tournament in 2015 in memory of Quinn Keast, a Handsworth Basketball player who tragically passed away on his high school Graduation night.
'No Regrets' was the mantra that Quinn lived his life by. Amongst basketball circles, Quinn is famous for shooting 100,000 shots between his Grade 11 and 12 year of high school after being cut from the U17 B.C. Provincial Team. The results clearly paid off, as Quinn led the Handsworth Royals to a Provincial Title that year, being named MVP of the Final Game.
This year, players, coaches, and spectators alike will take the time to learn the message of 'No Regrets' and are encouraged to incorporate this message into their lives and games respectively as they compete in the 2018 tournament. This year's tournament will feature a 16 Team Boys Bracket and 8 Team Girls Bracket, welcoming teams from Edmonton, Saskatchewan and Australia to British Columbia. Tipping off in the day, will be the North Shore 'Spirit Games', where the North Shore High Schools will play their opening round games during school hours and students are encouraged to pack the gym in support of their home team.
North Shore Spirit Games of the “No Regrets” Tournament are always an anticipated event in the North Shore basketball community. Walking into the gym 20 minutes before the game, both teams had taken the court and were warming up, but were classes still in session. 5 minutes later the bell rang and students swarmed to the gym right until tip-off and well into the first quarter.