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Local athletes bring home medals from Indigenous Games
It was a successful week for Chilliwack area athletes at the North American Indigenous Games last week in Regina.
Local participants made a solid contribution to Team BC’s final medal count of 160, squeezing a victory in with just one medal more than host province Saskatchewan.
Paddler Clinton Hugh, an under-19 competitor, took gold and silver in the 200-metre and 3000-metre kayak races respectively, and another silver in the mixed team 3000-metre canoe race with Alicia George-Bailey.
“It felt amazing to be a part of the first kayak event ever hosted at NAIG,” he said, admitting he felt overwhelmed on the first day of the competition.
A big part of that was his 18 kilometres of sprint paddling in a single day. By far the most he’s done in that time period at a competitive pace.
George-Bailey did her part, winning two silvers and three bronzes in paddling events.
Darian Williams, another Chilliwack paddler (but racing for Washington) also fared well in the U19 division. He took six gold medals for the U.S. state, proving that present-day borders mean nothing when it comes down to heritage.
Their paddling teammate, Brandyn Chappell cleaned up in the U16 division with three golds and as many bronzes over the week.
Cheam Band swimmer Nashon Douglas brought home a total of six medals (three gold and three silver) in the under-19 division, with more official results from swimming events pending.
In Softball, five Chilliwack players helped the British Columbia girls team win gold in two divisions.
In the U19 divisions Annabelle Williams, Brianna Underhill and Shantel Andrews represented Chilliwack, with Ashley Guthrie, Catherine Ann Toop and Kyneesha Garnot-Kingdon playing on the U16 squad.
Paige Mussell captured three golds for B.C. in U16 rifle shooting.
Nathalie Nahwegahbow took double track golds, one each in the 100- and 200-metre races.
And in U16 Soccer, Amber Charlie, Lahayla Charlie-Campbell, Jada Roberts, Jade Victor, Maya Fayant, Keagan James and Kayla Bradshaw led the provincial team to silver in a close 1-0 loss to Ontario.
It’s the first time Team BC has won the Games. It came down to the last few events, according to Lara Mussell, the team’s Chef de Mission.
B.C. and the hosts traded lead position throughout the week.
“The team’s performance, perseverance and conduct, both on and off the field, exemplified the ideals of the North American Indigenous Games: The Spirit - strong, brave, true,” she said.
See complete results at: regina2014naig.com.