Success Stories of Key Trainers and Facilitators
The Fort Qu'Appelle Selects Bantam boys softball players smiles were brighter than the gold medal hanging around their necks at this year's First Nation Summer Games. For head coach, Morris Pasap, it's seeing his players be rewarded for what he knew they were capable of that means the most to him. "I was interviewed before the games," he laughs as he recalls the conversation, "and I told that reporter, we're going for the gold!" The team also captured silver at this summer's Provincial Softball Championships. For Pasap, it's not just helping his boys get to the top that has inspired him to coach, but it's the difference he's making in his community.
He's been a valued member of hockey and softball teams on the Carry the Kettle First Nation. Coaching for the past 10 years, Pasap wanted to do more to help sport in his community. This past year, he participated in the Aboriginal Coaches and Officials Program. There, he received training to facilitate the Aboriginal Coaching Modules as well as his Level I Softball. "It's very rewarding, helping kids out and volunteering my time." adds Pasap "there is a real need for Aboriginal coaches and officials out there, and it's an opportunity to get involved with your community."