DATE: Tuesday, June 28th, 2022
TIME: 6:30pm EDT
At Lead Thru Sport we believe it is important to highlight female Indigenous athlete experiences in life and sport. This year we have invited an amazing athlete to share her personal experiences through sport and rediscovering her Indigenous history and culture. This presentation is for anyone interested and are eager to listen and learn. Being open to new perspectives is crucial to helping with national and personal reconciliation efforts. This event will be a safe space for attendees to ask questions, learn and seek advice on Indigenous an athlete’s experiences in sports.
My name is Taylor McPherson. I am a member of the Miawpukek First Nation, located in Conne River, Newfoundland. I have recently graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelors in Kinesiology with a Major in Adapted Physical Activity and a Certificate in Aboriginal Sport and Recreation. In my five years at the university, I have been heavily involved in athletics. I am a member of the Pandas Women’s Wrestling team, where I received the Pandas Wrestling M.V.P. Award this season and the Canwest Athlete Community Service Award. In my years competing as a Panda I have placed at thee Canada West Championships, placed second at the 2020 USports Championships, and have also competed in Nationals to earn my spot on the U23 Canadian National Team, where I have competed in Serbia on the World Stage and will be attending once again in to compete in Spain. I am a firm believer that anyone can and should participate in sport, it is the best way to learn life skills and develop life long habits that keep you healthy. I am an employee of the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta where I help develop programming for Indigenous women and girls that helps uplift, build confidence and provides them with tools they can utilize in their everyday life. I have been on a journey of learning more about my culture while also sharing my love for sport, physical activity, and recreation; and working within an Indigenous sport organization surrounded by people who have the same goals has been a life changing experience.