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KYSA clubs reach provincials; Olympic hero Labbé coming to town

Kamloops will play host to the Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Provincial Cup from July 7 to July 10

Eleven Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) select teams will compete this summer in Provincial B Cup tournaments.

The Girls Provincial B Cup will run from June 30 to July 3 in Burnaby. Kamloops will play host to the Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Provincial Cup from July 7 to July 10.

Teams qualified through the Thompson-Okanagan playdowns, which were held this past weekend.

KYSA boasted eight champions in the playdowns, including the under-13 boys, U13 girls, U15 boys, U15 girls, U16 boys, U17 boys, U17 girls and U18 girls.

The U13 girls (coached by Tasha Vedd), U14 girls (Adam Simpson), U15 girls (Chad McIntosh), U17 girls (Andrew Williams) and U18 girls (Terri Hansen) will compete at the provincial championships in Burnaby.

The U13 boys (Mike DeCicco), U14 boys (Tylor Kroad), U15 boys (Mark Bell), U16 boys (Pasqualino Cuzzetto), U17 boys (Tony Cuzzetto) and U18 boys (Jason Hwang) will toil at the B.C. championships in the Tournament Capital.

KYSA entered 17 teams and 292 athletes in the Thompson Okanagan Youth District Association league this season, the largest contingent of any club in TOYDA, according to a KYSA press release.

Meanwhile, the KYSA will play host to two-time Olympic medallist goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé in July as part of her Champion Tour.

She will conduct two clinics on McArthur Island on Tuesday, July 19. Go online to to register.

Labbé stopped two penalty kicks against Sweden in the tournament final to help Canada win gold at the postponed 2020 Olympic Summer Games last year in Tokyo.

She won bronze with Canada at Rio 2016.

Each registrant will participate in an on-field session, listen to a 30-minute motivational talk, receive a personalized signed photo of Stephanie and get to take a group photo with her and her Olympic gold medal.

Ten players will also get a chance to take a penalty shot on Labbé.