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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Norman Wells football player exhilarated to be selected for Team NT 

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Key takeaways: 

  • Dozens of N.W.T. athletes are running to games in Niagara Falls, Ont., from Aug. 6 to 21.
  • Shamar Bennett, an 18-year-old from Norman Wells, found out the previous Friday — after almost a year of fundraising to travel for training options — that he’d be heading to the Canada Summer Games as part of Team NT’s male football squad.

A teenager from Norman Wells was on his way to the Yellowknife terminal to catch a plane back home after a training base in Edmonton when he found out he’d officially been called to Team NT’s male football team.

“I screamed; I couldn’t believe it,” he stated. “The vehicle stopped; everyone was like, ‘are you fine?'” 

Shamar Bennett told the teammates offering him a ride that he was fine and then phoned his mother to tell her he’d be going to the Canada Summer Games in Ontario in just several weeks.

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A teenager from Norman Wells was on his way to the Yellowknife terminal to catch a plane back home after a training base in Edmonton when he found out he’d officially been called to Team NT’s male football team

“I couldn’t stop beaming. It’s such a great moment for me to make Norman Wells proud and Jamaica,” stated the 18-year-old.

Bennett, who rose in Jamaica and shifted to Norman Wells three years back, lobbied the society for financial help to get to Yellowknife for the squad’s initial selection camp last June.

There, he was selected to keep on training — but the squad leading to the Canada Summer Games wasn’t finalized till last Friday. 

Source – CBC News

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