The 2023 rendition of the North American Indigenous Games is set to take over Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the next nine days. Manitoba has a team for all 15 events that will be taking place, and a few local athletes will be wearing the 'M.' 

MacGregor's own Raelyn and Colby Young will be representing their province, and they couldn't be more proud. Raelyn is a member of the female box lacrosse team, while Colby has qualified for three track and field events (long jump, javelin, and the 2000-metre race).

Raelyn says this isn't her first time playing for a Team Manitoba; however, she was an alternate last time but now has a full-time roster spot.

"That feels great. I'm very happy," says Raelyn. "I'm very excited. They had tryouts last year, and there are about 14 players on our team."

Raelyn has only been playing lacrosse for four years and is very proud of how far she's come in such a short time. Her brother Colby is in a similar situation, as he's only participated in track & field for two years prior to this. He would've never believed he would excel to this degree.

"I would've thought this was impossible," Colby continues. "I didn't really think much of my athletic abilities in the past. So, I didn't think I would make it, but I guess I proved myself wrong."

The siblings are very happy to be able to attend the event together.

"It's going to be very cool," says Raelyn. "I'm not too sure how many events I'll be able to see of Colby's but it's still really cool."

The Youngs give thanks to Long Plain First Nation, who has funded their entire trip to Halifax. Colby will be competing from July 18-21, and Raelyn is set to take the field with her team from July 17-22.