Whitehorse soccer players rally for new sports complex
Dozens gather in front of city hall to protest council's decision against plan
A few dozen people — many of them young soccer players — gathered in front of Whitehorse city hall on Thursday to show their support for a proposed new sports complex. The rally was also a protest aimed at Whitehorse city councillors, who voted down a zoning amendment for the facility.
"The fields that we play on right now, they're really uneven and there's lots of rocks and potholes in it," said Samantha Ng. "It's not very safe."
"We don't have good fields," said Georgia Gow, who held a sign that read: 'Gopher holes break ankles.'
"We have had people who have broken their ankles playing soccer, from gopher holes in the middle of our soccer field," Gow said.
"Council overstepped its bounds," said Kevin Benson, who said city councillors should have passed the zoning amendment, but instead decided to "play politics."
Benson says the city needs as many sports facilities as possible, to keep young people active and out of mischief. But many of the soccer players at Thursday's protest were thinking more about their competitive edge.
"We need fields," Gow said. "If we want to practice for bigger tournaments, we're going to have to have big fields."