Campbell River-area athletes returned home from the North American Indigenous Games sporting medals last week.
Medalling for Team BC in five sports were Mark Roberts, Jesse Shade, Tanisha Matalpi, Emoni Bush, Kyla Johnson, Brady Assu, Josh Rolland, Kenneth Joliffe and Devin White. Glenn Assu won gold as a U16 soccer coach.
The North American Indigenous Games, held in Toronto this year, are a multi-sport, multi-disciplinary event involving Indigenous youth from Canada and the United States.
The Games offer 14 sport competitions in addition to a vibrant cultural program, showcasing local and North American indigenous cultural groups and entertainers. The NAIG, was first held in 1990 in Edmonton, Alberta, and has been staged on seven other occasions since then, in various locations throughout Canada and the United States.
Athletes competing in the NAIG must be born of North American Indigenous ancestry.
Area athletes coming back with medals are:
U19 Male Rifle Shooting:
19U Male 3P – Gold
U19 Male Rifle Shooting – 19U Male Overall – Gold
U19 Male Swimming:
U19 Male 200m Backstroke – Gold
U19 Male 200m Freestyle – Bronze
U19 Male 4x100m Freestyle Relay – Bronze
U19 Male Swimming – 19U Male 4x50m Freestyle Relay – Silver
19U Male Swimming – 19U Male 4x50m Medley Relay – Bronze
U19 Female Soccer (Team BC) – Gold
Brady Assu, Josh Rolland, Kenneth Joliffe, Devin White and Glenn Assu (Head Coach).
U16 Male Soccer (Team BC) – Gold
Emoni Bush & Kyla Johnson
U16 Female Volleyball (Team BC) – Silver