#Team88 launched to support Indigenous athletes

Aaron Wells, Shawna McLeod, Jordee Reid and Derek Squirel - Photo credit Josh Campbell

Hashtag Team88 is expected to light up social media today, as coaches and athletes countdown the days to North American Indigenous Games.

Instead of counting from 100, organizers for the Toronto games chose 88 after the call to action number from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Executive Director for the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT Aaron Wells says 13 to 20 athletes and mission staff from the north will be part of the Team 88 initiative.

“We’re excited to be part of the Team88 process and recognize the TRC recommendations on the government calls to action to support the North American Indigenous Games, and Indigenous youth in sport. 88 days is going to go by quick and we’re excited to head down to Toronto and cheer on Team NWT and support out athletes and hopefully see some meaningful competition,” said Wells.

Chef de Mission Shawna Mcleod, originally from Fort Providence will be the first member of team NWT profiled for Team 88.

Sports being finalized for team NWT include: track and field, canoeing, archery, rifle shooting, badminton and golf.

The games will run at venues cross Toronto, Hamilton, and Niagra from July 16-23rd.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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