Six students from Peerless Lake School won their respective categories at the first Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council – Northland School Division 10 School Championship Cross Country Race at Peavine Oct. 4.
The race saw students compete in both girl’s and boy’s division by grades from Grade 4-12.
Loon River students won four races, Little Buffalo students also won four races, and Peavine Bishop Rou- thier School and East Prairie Hillview students each won one race. A runner representing the Peavine Metis Milers won another race.
The race was organized by Deen Flett, KTC – NSD’s newly-hired sports co-ordinator.
“We’re going to hold one event each month during the school year,” says Flett.
Other events tentatively scheduled included volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, archery and baseball.
Flett says he wants each event to be run “professionally” to give the students a sense they are competing in a meaningful event.
“I want to organize something where they can come and enjoy themselves.”
Flett had beautiful medals and several door prizes at the run. Judging by the smiles on the students’ faces, the run was a huge success.
Flett is also redesigning or creating new logos for each school. Eventually, Flett would like to see each school have uniforms to clearly show school pride.
He also plans to bring in mentors to talk to the students at some events.
KTC schools include Cadotte Lake, Little Buffalo, Loon River, Peerless Lake and Trout Lake. NSD schools include East Prairie, Grouard, Peavine, Gift Lake and Whitefish.
Five schools attended the run at Peavine. About 150 runners competed.
The race was supported by the Building Collaboration and Capacity in Education Grant Program.
Flett was pleased with the explosion on social medal after the run. Many people posted photos of the run which pleased Flett, giving the first event a running start, no pun intended.
“This event was awesome,” says Flett.
The next event planned is a volleyball tournament at Whitefish for Grades 7-12 students, date to be announced.
The race at Peavine was dedicated to the Peavine Metis Milers, and the Noskey and Anderson families.