For the first time in the 40 year Labrador Coastal Fall Sports Meet history, the Natuashish Shaman girls volleyball team won the gold medal. They defeated their opponents from the surrounding coastal communities which include Postville, Makkovik, Rigolet, Nain, and host community, Hopedale this past weekend. The Shamans have always produced good results, but this gold medal was the first in community history.
The Natuashish Shamans have now qualified to participate in 2A regionals in North West River in late November, and have their eyes set on continuing their winning streak. They believe they are stronger than ever.
The girls put in countless hours of practice and training day in and day out, all year long. They practice daily after school, and then on their own accord at the local community gym every evening. With the help of their parents, community members, and coaches (especially Dawn Marie Rich), these girls made their dreams come true.
The Shamans also received the bronze medal in boys volleyball, 1st and 3rd place in girls cross country running (Kesha Rich – gold) (Gwen poker - Bronze), silver medal in girls archery, and two fourth place finishes in boys Northern Games.
No female athlete from Natuashish has received a gold medal in cross country running in over 20 years, since coach, and cousin to Kesha Rich, Dawn Marie Rich won gold in 1995.
There was a standing ovation and “shamans” chant when the girls accepted their medals, and a welcoming parade waiting for them at the airstrip when they landed in Natuashish.
Not included in photo, but are integral parts of this teams successes is alternate Sammy Benuen, and coaches Allan Reid, and Rob Tulk.