Rainy River First Nations honour Bombay for athletic achievements

Rainy River First Nations (RRFN) community member and Muskie girls hockey #11 Hailey Bombay was recognized for her athletic achievements at a special ceremony held at the RRFN pow-wow grounds on Sunday afternoon.

As a member of the 2022 NORWOSSA Championship-winning team, Bombay was given a plaque celebrating her contributions to and participation on the team. Muskie girls coach Nicole Clark, who has coached Bombay since she was in Grade 9, was unable to attend the event, but sent along a letter to be read in her place. In her letter, Clark congratulated Bombay for consistenly perservering “in times of adversity both on and off the ice.”

“Long after the championships are logged into the record books, the lessons of leadership, respect, integrity, equity, diversity, resilience and sportsmanship live on,” Clark wrote, as read by RRFN Education Counsel- lor Marcel Medicine-Horton.

“Throughout Hailey’s years as a Muskie, she has demonstrated that these values and characteristics are a priority for her and her team. These characteristics, lessons and values will help you make a difference in our society.”

A BBQ lunch was held after the ceremony concluded at the pow wow grounds.

According to the Fort Frances Muskie Girls Hockey team website, Bombay played nine games in the 2021-22 hockey season, scoring two goals and adding an assist.

–Ken Kellar photos