Please tell us a little bit about yourself.


I am a 15-year-old high school student from Manitoba. Currently, I am a Kid Reporter for Sports Illustrated Kids and CBC Manitoba. Recently, I became a content creator for The Sports POV. I played basketball and badminton, however, my favourite sport is basketball.


In non-pandemic years, I volunteer at youth camps in my city. I am a part of my church’s creative team while leading in middle school ministry during the weekend and Wednesdays.


In addition to sports and volunteering, graphic design, content creation and anything creative are also other interests of mine!


My mission in this industry is to be a disruptor and fight for representation in every area. Whether it’s on-air, behind-the-scenes, in executive positions or in the action, diversity is critical.


I am passionate about diversifying the sports space because without different perspectives, experiences and backgrounds, we would be stagnant and risk others to miss out on the discovery of their passion for sports. Without seeing her, I wouldn’t be where I am today. My goal is to inspire and empower just like my role models in the industry.


What sparked your passion for sport? How can it be shared with others?


Watching my first Raptors game on TV and seeing TSN’s Kate Beirness report from the sidelines showed me that women can participate in sports. This sparked my passion for basketball and media. My story is evidence that representation in sports—and all industries—matter. From there, Kayla Grey, Nikki Reyes and Kate have become my biggest influences.


How has sport provided you with new or different opportunities you would not have expected?


Growing up in the Philippines, sports were for boys and I had no interest in it. The thought of being involved never crossed my mind. However, that all changed when my family moved to Canada and I watched a Raptors game on TV.


Discovering my passion has led me to meeting my heroes and starting my career early. It has taught me important qualities and skills such as collaboration, integrity, communication and empathy.


What advice do you have for parents, coaches or sport administrators to improve inclusion in sport?


Listen to your athletes and children. Parents and coaches—you’re role models for the next generation. Great leaders listen to others and those they influence.


Continue to encourage and create a welcoming environment. Sports are more than just winning and competition. It’s also about learning, building self-confidence and creating friendships. Make their experiences fun and memorable!


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