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2019 Manitoba Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Council Awards

2019 Manitoba Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Council Awards

Treaty 2 Territory – The First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory would like to Congratulate Heaven Moneyas of Lake St. Martin First Nation and Curtis Nepinak of Skownan First Nation on receiving their awards from the Manitoba Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Council: Female Athlete Award – Heaven Moneyas of Lake St. Martin First Nation    In 2019, Heaven

Treaty 2 Territory – The First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory would like to Congratulate Heaven Moneyas of Lake St. Martin First Nation and Curtis Nepinak of Skownan First Nation on receiving their awards from the Manitoba Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Council:

Female Athlete Award – Heaven Moneyas of Lake St. Martin First Nation  

 In 2019, Heaven played for Team Manitoba at the 2019 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. Heaven also played for the AA Titans and was named MVP for the AA Titans at the end of their season.  

 In the fall of 2019 Heaven moved to Pilot Mound where she now plays for the Buffaloes. She has taken a whopping 536 shots this year and has saved most of them!  

 Heaven is described by her friends as a funny and very dedicated student athlete. Through her hard work and commitment, Heaven has done a great job representing herself, her family, as well as the program on and off the ice. Heaven made the transition to her new school, to follow her dream as a hockey player as well as to excel in academics. Not only is she a hockey player, but she is a MB provincial level boxer, and is tackling the sport of wrestling as well. She was named to represent Manitoba at the 2020 NAIG games in the sport of Wrestling. 

 

Male Coaching Award – Curtis Nepinak of Skownan First Nation 

Curtis Nepinak has been coaching in Manitoba for the past 19 years! In 2019 alone, he coached Jr High and JV Volleyball, Floor Hockey and Basketball at Skownan school and in the community U11 and U9 Baseball and is currently coaching Initiation and Novice Hockey for Winnipegosis!  

 Coach Nepinak makes it his responsibility, for students to not only succeed on the court/ice but in life as well. He teaches his athletes to be leaders, how to be organized and the importance of time management. He always encourages his students to persevere and to improve by practicing and taking the time to work on specific skills.  

 Coach Nepinak has been an everyday role model, not only to his athletes but to his colleagues as well. Coach Nepinak often goes beyond his coaching responsibilities from buying his athletes dinner and finding hand me down equipment to working one on one with kids who need extra help and showing up to every practice, game and team bonding activity. Many parents have seen the efforts Mr. Nepinak puts in and thank him for loving their children, teaching them, encouraging them to remain positive during harder losses. He is known for being patient and kind, and giving everything, he has to make kids sport better. 

GOOD LUCK IN 2020 HEAVEN and CURTIS!

Miigwetch.

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