By Brad Bellegarde

Hunter Bellegarde 2 soccer

Hunter Bellegarde

(Ochapowace Nation, SK) – 11-year-old Hunter Bellegarde who plays for File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC), has already netted three goals so far in this week’s Summer Games competition, despite the blistering heat.

Tuesday’s U12 girls match between FHQ and Team Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation (TBOFN) went to a shoot-out and even though Bellegarde scored a goal, she is just excited to be playing, “I’m so amazed that I made the team because I haven’t played soccer for a couple years now,” she said. “I’m more of a lacrosse or hockey person. I played [soccer] when I was four then when I was eight and nine, then I stopped playing it after that,” she added.

These are Bellegarde’s first Summer Games but she believes competing is a great way to stay healthy and have fun, “It’s a way to keep me active, keep me healthy and keep me in shape [and] it’s just fun, it’s all about having fun!!” she said.

FHQ’s U12 girls have won two games so far and are looking to clinch a spot in the medal rounds. When asked about her hopes for Team FHQ, “I hope we do good in all sports [but] it’s okay if we don’t, we’ll get them next year,” she said with a smile.

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