Archery athlete Monique Francis-Savoie has spent the last three years targeting the podium.
After a fifth-place finish at her first North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in 2014, the 17- year-old from Esgenoopetitj First Nation is believing the experience and maturity she has gained since that time has prepared her to improve on her performance.
“The 2014 NAIG archery competition helped me to realize my potential for the Toronto 2017 NAIG,” said the 2016 New Brunswick 3D target archery provincial champion. “I’ve been training to try to do better and I’m hoping to do well enough for a medal.”
Savoie is involved in several other sports including, softball, cross-country, track and field, and represented Team New Brunswick at the Canadian under 18 Girls Rugby Sevens this year.
In all of her sporting endeavors, Savoie says she has received a tremendous amount of loving support from her family and Indigenous community. She says if it had not been for their financial contributions, she would not have been exposed to as many athletic opportunities.
“I wish there was more activities for youth to participate in [my local community],” said Savoie. “Most of my school team activities are a 45 minute drive away, and my family is on a limited budget so paying for gas and other expenses costs a lot. Without my community that would not be possible.”
Savoie also thanks her coaches for all their dedication that has brought her to the Toronto 2017 NAIG. She made a lot of new friends in 2014 and says she “cannot wait to make more” as she represents her province and her Indigenous community once again.
“It is a great honour to be representing Team New Brunswick,” said Savoie. “I want to make my province and community proud.”