In the summer of 2013 I had tried out and successfully made Team Manitoba for soccer, which earned me a spot on the under 18 Female Soccer Team for the North American Indigenous Games of 2014 (NAIG). The games took place at Regina Saskatchewan on July 2014. This event showed cased unity, sport, culture, youth, volunteerism, and team work amongst First Nation, Metis, and non-Indigenous youth. The theme of the 2014 North American Indigenous Games was “Raising the bar”. The games had athletes from all sports including archery, basketball, softball, soccer, riffle-shooting, athletics (track), canoe and more.
The opening ceremonies took place at the Mosaic Stadium to start the games. This was an unforgettableable feeling because we were representing our province. Especially into the arena with other teams from across the country and afar.
As the week progressed, I met so many wonderful people from other provinces and countries. I bonded with the soccer teams which we had became close, and we all had so much fun! It was nice to see everybody socializing and making memories.
The closing ceremonies was held outside the First Nations University of Regina. I have to say the closing ceremonies were one of the most exciting moments! It had Joey Styles, and The Tribe Called Red perform all night giving us athletes some head banging music to enjoy ourselves until the buses arrived to take us home.
All in all it was an amazing trip!