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Aug 10, 2023
Cold Lake’s Broden Paul, 13, competed in six track and field events at the games, which took place in Halifax in mid-July.
COLD LAKE – A Lakeland track and field athlete recently returned home from the North American Indigenous Games the proud winner of three silver medals.
Even though Broden Paul of Cold Lake only began competing in track and field events earlier this year, the 13-year-old was determined to qualify for the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), which took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia from July 15-22. He was part of a contingent of 21 athletes who comprised Team Alberta.
While many athletes dedicate hours of training to one sport, given the diversity of track and field, Paul took advantage of the opportunity to compete in six different events – shot put, 80 metre dash, 150 metre dash, long jump, as well as two 4×100 and 4×400 relays against runners in the U16 category. While Paul placed fourth in the long jump out of 26 athletes, he didn’t place in the relays, coming in fifth in both races.
It was in shot put, 80 metre dash and 150 metre dash where Paul excelled, clinching a silver medal in each event.