LIVERPOOL - About 15 of the Maritime’s best broomball teams will descend on Liverpool in April for the Maritime Broomball Championship.
Matthew Wainman, president of the Maritime Broomball Association, says Queens Place Emera Centre is considered a great venue for the sport and the organization is happy to return to Liverpool.
Queen’s Place hosted the Nova Scotia provincial championships in 2013. This time, the event has expanded to include teams from New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island as well.
“The club down there runs a very good tournament, everyone always has great things to say about the facility, it’s an amazing facility,” says Wainman.
“We’re definitely happy to be back there.”
He says the arena and the club came together and the executive voted on it and decided to come to Liverpool.
“This is the first year that we’re opening it officially to all the Maritimes,” he says.
Broomball is a sport that is growing in popularity, and it was featured as a demonstration sport in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Wainman says it’s very similar to hockey, but you don’t need to know how to skate or have to buy expensive equipment.
“We’re getting more and more exposure,” he says. “We took a team to worlds in November.”
He says once people try the sport, they get hooked.
“Broomball people are great people, that’s what everyone across the world says. And it’s a lot cheaper than playing hockey. If you walk you can play broomball.”
There is a broomball team in Liverpool, it holds scrimmages on Sundays. Wainman says it’s always looking for new members.
Region of Queens Mayor David Dagley says the event is very welcome in Liverpool.
“We look forward to hosting the Maritime Broomball Championship, and extend a warm welcome to the athletes and fans. Queens Place Emera Centre has a reputation for hosting fast paced, exciting sporting events, and Council is pleased that the 2017 Maritime Broomball Championships is coming here,” said Dagley.
The event will be held over three days, from April 28th through the 30th.