This story is a part of a collection on the influence of COVID-19 on New Brunswick athletes
Madison Wilson was speculated to go to the North American Indigenous Video games this summer time, however as an alternative she has been attempting to drag herself out of a funk.
The video games, which had been scheduled for July in Halifax, had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was undoubtedly a really unhappy day for me,” stated Wilson, from St. Mary’s First Nation.
“I had been coaching all yr so I used to be so able to go and compete. I wasn’t nervous. I used to be placing in all of the work I wanted to go.”
Wilson would’ve competed in lengthy soar, triple soar, the 100 metre race, and certain a relay. She’s been competing and coaching in monitor and discipline since she was seven, however restrictions from the pandemic left her with out the motivation to place within the work.
“It was actually onerous. I cried lots. It was one thing that I actually, actually struggled with,” stated Wilson.
She stated through the month of lockdown, she struggled to inspire herself to get train or do any type of coaching.
“I did not do something extra than simply sit right here and sulk. I used to be very upset,” stated Wilson.
Currently she’s been attempting to work out from dwelling, and figuring out together with her boyfriend. However she finds it troublesome to be lively on her personal.
Indigenous Video games expertise
Wilson’s first journey to the video games, when she was 13, introduced her three medals. She gained gold, silver, and bronze in opposition to a few of the finest Indigenous athletes from throughout North America.
However for Wilson, the expertise was about extra than simply the medals.
“I had a lot enjoyable. I met so many various folks. I even turned nearer with different folks from New Brunswick,” stated Wilson.
“It was the most effective experiences of my life.”
Wilson hopes that the video games could be rescheduled, however not only for her. 125 athletes from New Brunswick had been speculated to go the the video games in July, together with assist employees and coaches.
“All of us deserve an opportunity to go and present what we have labored for,” stated Wilson.
“Particularly for the older women and guys who would’ve been 19. This may’ve been their final yr to compete. I believe they need to nonetheless have the ability to return and have that one final probability.”
There was no choice on whether or not the occasion might be rescheduled, however the North American Indigenous Video games Council might be assembly through the week to debate it.
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