Glenmary School Students Will Represent Alberta at the 2017 World Indigenous Games

  Posted: January 12, 2017

Congratulations to Darius Anderson and Ashley Rafferty of Glenmary School who will represent Alberta at the 2017 World Indigenous Peoples’ Games.  Both students will travel to Toronto for the games from July 16 – 23, 2017.  Darius, a grade 11 student, will be playing badminton doubles and singles.  Ashley, also a grade 11 student, will be playing on the Team Alberta volleyball team.

“When I got the news, I was so excited.  I called my grandma and my dad right away.  I am looking forward to going to Toronto.  I have been there a couple of times now but I know this time will definitely be my favourite trip there,” said Darius Anderson.  “Thanks to the Peavine Metis Settlement for helping fund my trip.  Thanks to Mr. Flynn for telling me about the tryouts, and thanks to my parents and coaches for their support.”

Darius and Ashley have been strong athletes within the school for many years.  Darius began playing badminton in grade six and won gold in badminton singles at zones for two years in a row.  Ashley has been playing volleyball since grade five and has played on both school and club teams, winning numerous individual and team awards along the way.

“I am so proud of Darius and Ashley and wish them the best of luck at the World Indigenous Peoples’ Games,” said Physical Education Teacher Darren Flynn.  “Both Darius and Ashley are strong athletes who will represent our school and our province very well on the international stage.”

The pair is very excited to compete against athletes from around the world.  According to the Globe and Mail, over 2000 athletes and cultural delegates from around the world participated in the first World Indigenous Games in 2015.  Canada was selected as the 2017 host by a council of international indigenous leaders in November 2015.

We wish Darius and Ashley the best of luck!