Agoojin: She Hangs in the Sky – The Story of Jayme Menzies – MASRC

Agoojin: She Hangs in the Sky – The Story of Jayme Menzies – MASRC

by ahnationtalk on November 6, 202054 Views

Jayme Menzies was unaware of her Métis identity as she was making a name for herself on the mainstream sport scene. For 5 years she was a setter for the University of Winnipeg’s Wesmen women’s volleyball team. Since discovering her Métis heritage, Menzies has gone to great lengths to seek out ways to get involved in the Indigenous community through sport. At the same time, Jayme began a long and successful relationship with the Manitoba Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Council (MASRC), eventually serving as a volleyball coach for the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) and becoming a member of the MASRC Board of Directors. “You can really dream big, and the MASRC has been supportive with any idea that I have come up with.”

It was during her work with MASRC that Menzies fully realized that Indigenous athletes are often overlooked. Finding that there were zero scouts present at the 2017 NAIG was an eye opener for Jayme, who was used to seeing scouts around every corner at mainstream tournaments of the same caliber, such as the Canada Games.

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