Executive Council
Children, Seniors and Social Development

July 24, 2017

Province Celebrates Athletes’ Performance at the North American Indigenous Games

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today invites all residents to join him in congratulating the athletes from the province who recently competed at the North American Indigenous Games held in Toronto, Ontario, July 16-23.

Team Newfoundland and Labrador is bringing home a total of 34 medals from the North American Indigenous Games including three gold, six silver and 25 bronze; placing them eighth in the overall standings. The results and names of the winners can be found in the backgrounder below.

Newfoundland and Labrador had a contingent of close to 120 participants attending the games including athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff, and competed in the sports of athletics, badminton, swimming, rifle shooting, volleyball and wrestling.

The North American Indigenous Games are a multi-sport, multi-disciplinary event involving Indigenous youth from Canada and the United States. The games were first held in 1990 in Edmonton, Alberta, and offer 14 sport competitions, along with a vibrant cultural program showcasing local and North American Indigenous cultural groups and entertainers.

Quotes
“Congratulations to all competitors who represented Newfoundland and Labrador at the North American Indigenous Games. Participation in sport requires passion, dedication and hard work and I commend the athletes for reaching this level of achievement. I wish you the best of luck as you continue to grow in your respective sports, and as individuals and leaders.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“I was honoured to attend the North American Indigenous Games and see the talented team from this province compete. The games provide not only an opportunity to compete, but to also participate in cultural activities that celebrate Indigenous history and accomplishments. Congratulations to all representatives from Newfoundland and Labrador on a successful 2017 Games!”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development

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Learn More
2017 North American Indigenous Games External Link

Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle External Link

Follow us on Twitter: @GovNL External Link and @CSSD_GovNL External Link

Media contacts
Michelle Cannizzaro
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
michellecannizzaro@gov.nl.ca 

Krista Dalton
Children, Seniors and Social Development
709-729-3768, 685-6492
kristadalton@gov.nl.ca 

BACKGROUNDER

Team Newfoundland and Labrador medal standings at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games

Name/TeamHometownSportEventResult
Samantha TraskStephenville CrossingAthletics14U DiscusBronze
Samantha TraskStephenville CrossingAthletics14U JavelinBronze
Shilo ChisletteKippensAthletics14U JavelinSilver
Dana ChubbPort au PortAthletics16U JavelinGold
Jeremy HolwellNainAthletics16U 1200mBronze
Holly BrochuPoint au MalAthletics19U High JumpGold
George YoungStephenville CrossingAthletics19U 400mBronze
Male Relay Team*Athletics14U 4X100m RelaySilver
Male Relay Team*Athletics14U 4X400m RelayBronze
Male Relay Team*Athletics19U 4X400m RelayBronze
Jeremy HolwellNainCross Country16U 3kmBronze
Jacob SheppardHappy Valley-Goose BaySwimming14U 100m BreaststrokeBronze
Jacob SheppardHappy Valley-Goose BaySwimming14U 200m BreaststrokeSilver
Aaron PorterHappy Valley-Goose BaySwimming14U 200m BreaststrokeBronze
Aaron PorterHappy Valley-Goose BaySwimming14U 200m ButterflyBronze
Phoebe McNeilCormackSwimming16U 50m ButterflyBronze
Ryan ParsonsKippensSwimming16U 1500m FreestyleSilver
Ryan ParsonsKippensSwimming16U 200m FreestyleSilver
Ryan ParsonsKippensSwimming16U 400m FreestyleGold
Ryan ParsonsKippensSwimming16U 50m BackstrokeBronze
Noah CoombsBay RobertsSwimming16U 200m FreestyleBronze
Noah CoombsBay RobertsSwimming16U 400m FreestyleBronze
Brooke BattStephenville CrossingSwimming19U 200m BreaststrokeBronze
Brooke BattStephenville CrossingSwimming19U 200m Individual MedleyBronze
Brooke BattStephenville CrossingSwimming19U 50m BreaststrokeBronze
Jessica DysonGanderSwimming19U 400m FreestyleBronze
Aimee Gignac-ButtStephenvilleSwimming19U 800m FreestyleBronze
Male Relay Team*Swimming16U 4X100m Freestyle RelaySilver
Male Relay Team*Swimming16U 4X50m Freestyle RelayBronze
Team NL*Volleyball19U MaleBronze
Alaina WheelerPort au PortWrestling52kgBronze
Josh DykeSheshatshuiWrestling115kgBronze
Marcus OrganSheshatshuiWrestling58kgBronze
Aaron PaterSheshatshuiWrestling63kgBronze

*14U Male 4X100m Relay Team (Athletics)

NameHometown
Nicholas SheaStephenville Crossing
Liam McIsaacStephenville
Ryan Noseworthy Port au Port
Donovan ChubbPort au Port

*14U Male 4X400m Relay Team (Athletics)

NameHometown
Nicholas SheaStephenville Crossing
Liam McIsaacStephenville
Colton MarcheCold Brook
Donovan ChubbPort au Port

*19U Male 4X400m Relay Team (Athletics)

NameHometown
Devon EstoppeyStephenville
Jesse ByrneStephenville
Jacob ByrneStephenville
George YoungStephenville Crossing

*16U Male 4X100m Freestyle Relay Team (Swimming)

NameHometown
Noah CoombsBay Roberts
Jacob SheppardHappy Valley-Goose Bay
Jake SlaneyPort Aux Basques
Ryan ParsonsKippens

*16U Male 4X50m Freestyle Relay (Swimming)

NameHometown
Jake SlaneyPort Aux Basques
Jacob SheppardHappy Valley-Goose Bay
Noah CoombsBay Roberts
Ryan ParsonsKippens

*19U Male Volleyball Team

NameHometown
Dylan AndersenMakkovik
James DickerNain
Sydney FordMakkovik
Hunter Fox Nain
Calvin FreidaHopedale
Ryan GoodyearConne River
Brandon IvanyNain
Christopher LeRoyCorner Brook
Jobie LiddNain
Dylan NorthcotteConne River
Nuke NunaSheshatshui
Ethan ShiwakNain

2017 07 24                             3:25 p.m.