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Beach volleyball tournament remembers Jordan Gardiner

‘There are so many different life lessons for these students to being part of something like this’

Officials along with students have coordinated another event combining sports and fundraising for a worthy cause.

On Friday, The Jordan Gardiner Memorial Co-ed High School Beach Volleyball tournament took over the beach volleyball courts in downtown North Bay. 

The event honours Jordan Gardiner, a dedicated paramedic who suffered from cystic fibrosis and colon cancer. He passed away last February.  

Craig Nodwell, a teacher at Chippewa Secondary School and the organizer of this tournament, was touched after taking part in the Jordan Gardiner Bash of Hope last summer.  

"I was inspired by his fight against colon cancer and just really impressed with the legacy that he left so I thought I would try and continue that here by running a co-ed beach volleyball tournament in his name," said Nodwell.  

A total of 18 teams from the North Bay Area and as far away as Kirkland Lake and Sudbury took part.  

Nodwell says that they hope 60 per cent of the tournament revenue along with proceeds from a canteen at the event will go towards "Never Too Young," which raises money for colon cancer research.

See related: Jack Lyons Memorial Hockey Exhibition a huge success

Ben Mason is a grade 11 student at Chippewa. For Mason, this is the second high school sporting event he's taken part in this year raising money for a cause.  Mason laced up the skates to play on the Jack Lyons Memorial Hockey Exhibition which raised money for summer autism camps. 

Mason hopes this can become an annual event. 

"The Jack Lyon's (event) raised tons of money for a great fundraiser and we just had to do another one and it is going great," he said.

"It is a beautiful day and we are looking good as our game is looking good, our team is looking good and everything is going pretty good." 

Nodwell was involved in coordinating the Lyons event too. He believes combining sport with supporting a charity creates a valuable learning experience.

"There are so many different life lessons for these students to being a part of something like this," he said. 

"It is so much more than just the sport and when you have these great people in our community that have passed on and left these tremendous legacies I find there is great value in learning about those legacies and those life lessons that those people brought to the table.

"My hope is all the students here not only have fun but learn something about these important people that are part of the North Bay community."

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