At 13-years-old Lana Larry-Dedam is honoured to be the youngest member of the Team New Brunswick women’s under-16 volleyball team, competing at the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games.
Her passion for the game was ignited in 2014 at age 10 when she was invited to play in the New Brunswick Indian Summer Games as part of her hometown team, Esgenoopetitj . Since that experience she has spent the last three-years diligently honing her volleyball skills as part of Club Explosifs.
“My heart, my passion and my determination is what motivates me,” said Larry-Dedam. “My love for volleyball is what inspires me to go out and play.”
Larry-Dedam credits her club with helping her to develop and says this year is the best and strongest they have been in all three-years she has been with the team. For her, the greatest part of her athletic involvement has been the love and support she has received from her family and coaches.
“I wouldn’t be this far with volleyball if it wasn’t for my aunt driving me everywhere and buying me new gear,” said Larry-Dedam. “Also my coach making me a better player and my uncle encouraging me to train.”
She is honoured to be representing both her Mi’kmaq community and her province at the Toronto 2017 NAIG in July. She has been enjoying the holistic experience of training, and meeting new friends as part of her provincial NAIG team.
“My favorite part of being on Team New Brunswick is meeting new volleyball players from different communities and tribes and getting to know my teammates,” said Larry-Dedam. “I enjoy being part of this amazing group of girls win or lose.”
Larry-Dedam hopes one day to play volleyball at the college/university level. Her other hobbies include swimming, listening to music, skating and fancy shawl dancing.”