Western Canada GAA Divisional Board
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The Western Canada Divisional Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association is part of the Canadian County Board and is responsible for Gaelic games in Western Canada. The county board is also responsible for the football, hurling, camogie and Ladies' Gaelic football, known collectively as Gaelic games. The Western Canada Divisional Board branch of the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in May 2003.
There was a need expressed by the clubs in British Columbia and Alberta that Gaelic Sports in Western Canada should come under the wing of the GAA. It was founded in 2003 with 3 original member clubs.
The founding meeting of the Western Canada Divisional Board of the Canadian County Board was held in Edmonton, AB on the 31st of May 2003, attended by Brian Farmer & Diarmuid O Conner from Toronto GAA, Christy Whelehan, Dannielle Finlay & Marvin Dentzien of Edmonton, John O Flynn, Kate McNamee, & Sean Quinn of Vancouver, and Frank Campbell, Ronan Deane & Leanne Niblock of Calgary.
2007 saw the reformation of the Red Deer Éire Óg, in men's competition, with a team attending tournaments in Calgary (twice) and Edmonton, and hosting its own tournament. On January 22nd, 2008, the Western Canada Divisional Board unanimously voted for the club's addition to the Division and the Board was increased to seven officers, with one seat allocated to Red Deer (to reflect number of teams at the club).
2008 the new Red Deer Éire Óg team was joined in men's competition by the Vancouver Celts. While the team was newly founded it had attended tournaments both sides of the Rockies in its first season, travelling to Calgary and winning the Vancouver Tournament. On January 21st, 2009, the Western Canada Divisional Board unanimously voted for the club's addition to the Division and the Board was increased to eight officers, with one seat allocated to Celts, who like Red Deer had only one competing team.
2013 saw the formation of the first GAA club in the province of Saskatchewan, and the addition of the Regina Gaels the Western Canada Division. The Gaels attended their first Championships in 2013, and claimed the Junior title at the first time of asking.
- British Columbia (2 Clubs)
- Alberta (4 Clubs)
Each of these clubs has a Men's & Ladies' Team, with the exception of Vancouver Celts & Red Deer Éire Óg who only have Men's teams. These teams compete at various tournaments over the course of the summer months.
The Division is dedicated to improving the standard of competition and providing as many games as possible for the member clubs. For this reason, other clubs are invited to and attend these tournaments, even though they are
- not affiliated with the Western Canada Division, (e.g. Lethbridge Laochra, Seattle Gaels, Fort McMurray, Vancouver Irish, Howe Sound, Lethbridge), or
- not affiliated with the GAA (Vancouver Cougars, Calgary Kangaroos, & Calgary Kookaburras Australian rules football teams).
Each year member teams play in the Western Canadian Championships. The Championships are played out in such a way that they does not undermine the spirit or competition of each city's own individual Gaelic Football tournaments. The Championships complement these vital tournaments.