BRAMPTON, ON, April 25, 2013 /CNW/ - City Hall: Brampton has a thriving and growing cricket community, that includes fans and players of all ages, Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell said today.
Fennell made the comments, along with representatives from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Canada, the Region of Peel Secondary Schools Athletics Association (ROPSSAA), and CIBC, at the launch of the inaugural CIMA Mayor's School Cricket Tournament - CIBC Trophy in Brampton.
The tournament, organized and sponsored by CIMA and CIBC, aims to engage young, aspiring school cricketers and offers an opportunity to showcase their skills and passion. Student players, school coaches, and other local dignitaries were on hand for the launch. Brampton City Council recently voted to support the tournament in the form of in-kind facility rentals as well as event coordination assistance, valued at approximately $2,000.00.
Amal Ratnayake, Chair of CIMA Canada, said "CIMA is not just about helping business succeed, it is about helping people succeed." Ratnayake added "One of the ways we can do this is to instill in young people key business skills such as team work, leadership and perseverance, as well as an understanding of other cultures. That is exactly what the CIMA Mayor's School Cricket Tournament provides. I look forward to an even more successful tournament in 2013."
CIBC Senior Vice-President, Raza Hasan, said "CIBC is proud to support an inclusive event that is engaging children in our community in a healthy activity and fostering the growth of cricket in one of the world's most multicultural cities. We look forward to awarding the CIBC Trophy to the tournament champions."
Tony Pontes, director of education at the Peel District School Board, said "At the Peel board, we understand that a healthy school, one that promotes nutrition and exercise contributes in large part to student success." Pontes added "I'd like to extend our appreciation to CIMA, the City of Brampton and CIBC for providing youth in the GTA with the opportunity to compete in this tournament."
The tournament will take place from May 20-23. Champions of the CIMA Mayor's School Cricket Tournament in Brampton will go on to compete against the champions from similar CIMA events in Toronto, Mississauga, and Markham at the GTA Finals scheduled for June 1.
Fennell concluded "It's only fitting that we host today's launch during National Volunteer Week. I wish to further recognize all those men and women who volunteer their time, energy and leadership as inspiring cricket coaches and mentors."
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SOURCE: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
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