Team Saskatchewan names NAIG golf squad

Team Saskatchewan has announced the eight players that will make up the roster for the golf event at the North American Indigenous Games in Nova Scotia later this summer.

Competing in the under-16 women’s category is Hailey Thunderchild of Kawacatoose First Nation and Onion Lake golfer Ada Dillon; Gabrielle Paskemin of North Battleford and Punnichy’s Cassidy Strongarm will play in the under-19 division.

Mya Whitecap (U-16) and Julia McCarthy (U-19) are the alternates.

On the men’s side, Sucker River product Dade Bernatchez and Dante Gamble of Duck Lake will represent Saskatchewan in the under-16 division while Warman’s Jagger Bitz and Solomon Ness of Saskatoon will compete for golf in the under-19 category.

Tyson Naytowhow is the lone alternate in the under-19 age group.

The golf championship will be held at the Links at Brunnello from July 18 – 20.

The last time NAIG was held was 2017 in Toronto. Almost 5,0000 competitors took part in 15 sports that year, over 5,000 are expected in Halifax and Dartmouth, and the Millbrook First Nation in 16 disciplines.

Team Saskatchewan has won the overall medal count in six of the nine times NAIG has been held. The first year of the Games was 1990 in Edmonton, Alta.

For all the details on this year’s competition click here.