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Ontario Indigenous Youth Teams Head to NAIG's

By Ontario Volleyball Association, 07/14/23, 1:30PM EDT


The top youth-level Indigenous volleyball athletes are making their way to Kjipuktuk (Halifax) in preparation for the 10th North American Indigenous Games (NAIG).

Running from July 15th to 23rd, the NAIG brings together over 5,000 athletes, coaches, and team staff from over 756 Indigenous Nations. More than purely a sporting event, this is a great opportunity to celebrate, share and learn about and with other Indigenous communities across North America.

Competing in Mi’kma’ki, the traditional lands of the Mi’kmaq peoples, the Games consists of 16 different sports spread across 21 facilities in Dartmouth, Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Millbrook First Nation and Sipekne’katik.

Consisting of the best Indigenous players from across Ontario, teams will compete in either indoor or beach disciplines at 16U and 19U levels. All disciplines will be round-robin style tournaments with the four indoor teams beginning play on the 17th while the four beach teams kick off on the 18th.

The OVA would like to wish all athletes competing safe travels and good luck in the tournament!

For more information about the event, including links to streams and highlights please visit the NAIG2023 website.    

Ontario Rosters

Indoor Volleyball

19U Boys

Exavius Strong
Braydon Baxter
Jordin Turtle
Dallas Kejick
Landon Ogemawenene
Lance Sainnawap
Spencer Sundin
William Bottle
Brayden Suggashie
Andrew Rose (Northern Chill)
Kylan Whitehead (Superior North VC)
Jayce Paypompee

19U Girls

Julia Dokis (Vision Volleyball Club)
Emily Peltier (Forest City VC)
Nikina Bear-Lowen (KW Predators)
Brookelynn Marchuk
Grace Dockstator (Mountain Volleyball Club)
Reese Peltier (Forest City VC)
Caitlyn Brophey (Orillia Suns)
Jiindazay White-Eye (London Sharks)
Juliette Lamour (Steel City Ignite)
Mikayla Tremblay (Steel City Ignite)
Mariah Altiman (London Sharks)
Chrystalyn Sewell (Steel City Ignite)

16U Boys

Jaxen Juniper
Ethan Cochrane
Jax Anderson
Keanu Tom
Cyrill Wabano
Tristan Kelly
Jules White
Malkin Fiddler
Bo Duhn (Storm Volleyball)
Jayvan Beardy
James Hill
Jordan Hunter

16U Girls

Shya Boissoneau (Superior North VC)
Nia Lyndi Bacon
Avery Zack
Ada Speck (Steel City Ignite)
Kaylee Seguin (Northern Chill)
Lauren Doyle-Moran (Steel City Ignite)
Aliyah Zarecki
Sophie Lamour (Steel City Ignite)
Reese Kehl
Lexi Snider (Niagara Rapids)
Addie Tremblay (Steel City Ignite) 
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Beach Volleyball

19U Girls

Olivia Cupp (Superior North VC)
Kayomi Tom