As the title sponsor of the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games Opening Ceremony and a presenting partner, Hydro One will join in welcoming more than 5,000 athletes, 2,000 volunteers and thousands of spectators at world-class venues across the Greater Toronto Area.
The Games, taking place from July 16 to 23, are expected to be one of the largest sporting and cultural gatherings of Indigenous Peoples in North America ever.
Our sponsorship represents our commitment to fostering and maintaining strong relationships with the communities we serve, while recognizing athletes competing at the Games. We are proud to be a part of such an important event that will have a lasting impact on everyone involved.
With the Games just around the corner, we would like to introduce you to Justice from Wabigoon Lake First Nation.
"The best part about playing sports for me is meeting new people, being active, and falling in love with the game," said Justice.
Justice has been actively involved in sports since the age of four when she first learned how to skate. At the age of 10, she started playing hockey which she pursued for most of her childhood and teenage years.
It wasn't until grade 11 when she tried out for her high school's wrestling team and fell in love with the sport, resulting in her becoming serious about competing in events like the North American Indigenous Games.
According to Justice, having the full commitment and support from her wrestling coach has played a critical role in getting her to where she is today. In addition to her coach, her family and community have always told her she can do anything she puts her mind to, and they put action behind their words of encouragement by cheering her on at sporting events.
When it comes to competing this year, Justice is most excited about representing her community.
"It gives me a lot of pride and confidence knowing that I'm representing my reserve, a community of just over 200 people. It gives me a reason to strive even harder," she said.
In the fall, Justice will attend Fanshawe College in London to pursue an education as a child and youth worker. She plans to continue with her love of sport by joining a local wrestling club.