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Badminton’s Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Learning From the Pros

“I love badminton.”

Ashelle Dyck18-year-old Ashelle Dyck of Grand Rapids plays in the Manitoba Badminton Association’s IP program and was selected to be its Aboriginal Apprentice Coach for the 2019 Canada Games.

“I’ve played badminton since I was in grade 8 in Grand Rapids. I played lots of sports but I always loved badminton.”

Dyck participated in NAIG in 2017 and competed in singles, doubles, and team events. Though the results didn’t swing in her favour, she was inspired by the competition and her coaches. She says Justin Friesen, her IP coach and Executive Director of the Manitoba Badminton Association is her mentor.

“I want to coach now. I want to go home, back to my community and coach middle school and high school athletes.”

Dyck is an observer for these Games, taking in all they have to offer at coach house, learning from her mentor, and meeting other coaches.

After the Games, she’ll get back to competing in the IP program and continue her coach training. She’s applied to be a coach for NAIG 2020 and is looking forward to taking all she’s learned at the 2019 Canada Games with her in her coaching career.

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