Sport's a life changer for many troubled Indigenous youth, says 2017 Indian Summer Games coach

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

For Cathy Ward playing volleyball started as a way out of what could have turned into a troubled life.

"Being involved in sport has saved me from going down the wrong path," said the volleyball coach from Metepenagiag, a First Nation near Miramichi.

Ward said she used to be a troubled teenager on the reserve, until her coach approached her about starting a volleyball team. Today, she works as a public servant with the federal government in Ottawa, while coaching both middle and high school teams back home in Metepenagiag. She says that while it's not always easy to recruit, the lessons the children she can attract to the sport learn stay with them for life. "It's all about honesty, just being the best person you can be in a team environment," she said.

Viola Pruss, CBC News

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