Team BC seeking rifle shooting athletes for the 2017 NAIG

Team BC is currently recruiting athletes to compete in the sport of Rifle Shooting

Team BC is seeking rifle shooting athletes for the 2017 NAIG.

Team BC is seeking rifle shooting athletes for the 2017 NAIG.

The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) are presenting Team BC’s Expression of Interest Application for the sport of Rifle Shooting.

Team BC is currently recruiting athletes to compete in the sport of Rifle Shooting at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), to be held in Toronto, Ontario, from July 16 to 23, 2017.

Team BC is seeking two (2) males and two (2) females per age category for a maximum number of shooters of eight (8). Athletes who submit their “Expression of Interest” via the form will later be invited to participate and compete in a ‘Team BC Prospect Postal Match.’

The 2017 NAIG .22 Rifle competition will consist of male and female individuals in the following age categories.

• U19 (born 1998 and later); and

• U16 (born 2001 and later*)

*Regarding matters of safety and maturity, Team BC is seeking athletes born no later than 2005.

Rifle shooters who are interested in Team BC for 2017 NAIG are invited to complete an “Athlete Expression of Interest” form. The form must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 20, 2017.

Important Dates:

• Monday, March 20, 2017: Athlete (Expressions of Interest) Applications due.

• February/March: Practice period. Athletes make best effort to train and practice at a local gun range. If not already connected to a range, contact BC Target Sports Association or the Partners Council for assistance.

• End of March 2017: Postal Match details issued to those athletes that submitted Expression of Interest form Packages sent via mail.

• April 1 – April 24: Team BC Prospect Postal Match. Postal Match competitors must complete match within this competition window.

• Early May 2017: Team BC selections confirmed

• May 20-22, 2017 (May long weekend): BC Provincial Rifle Championships, venue TBC (probably Campbell River) Training opportunity for Team BC NAIG athletes. Team BC NAIG athletes will be expected to attend this event.

July 16-23: 2017 North American Indigenous Games Toronto, ON.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM Monday March 20, 2017

The application and selection process document can be viewed and downloaded by going to:

The North American Indigenous Games is an international multi-sport event, involving North American Indigenous athletes from Canada and the USA, staged intermittently since 1990.  The Games are governed by the North American Indigenous Games Council, a council of representatives from 13 provinces and territories in Canada and 13 regions in the United States.

The North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) promotes and encourages the cultural, spiritual and traditional values of the peoples it is representing. In their activities they promote and encourage holistic individual development that assures mental, physical, emotional and spiritual growth. The NAIG is now exclusively an event for youth athletes aged approximately 13- to 19 years.

The first Indigenous Games were held in 1990 in Edmonton, Alberta, followed by Games in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in 1993; Blaine, Minnesota in 1995; Victoria, British Columbia in 1997; Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2002; and Denver, Colorado in 2006; and Cowichan (Duncan) in 2008. The most recent NAIG was held in Regina, Saskatchewan from July 20-27, 2014 where Team BC made history as the first team to be awarded both the Overall Team Award (for most medals) and the John Fletcher Spirit Award for being voted team with most integrity and sportsmanship. The next NAIG will be held in Toronto, Ontario from July 16-23, 2017.

For more information on NAIG, please visit  For more information regarding the Toronto 2017 NAIG please visit www.naig2017


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