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This coach is ensuring Renfrew County youths compete at Indigenous games – CBC

Jul 14, 2023

Gerry Benoit leads local delegation for 2023 North American Indigenous Games

Five youths from Renfrew County, Ont., who are headed to the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) next week say their upcoming adventure would never have been possible were it not for their charismatic and determined coach, Gerry Benoit.

Twin brothers John and Mark Baillie of Lake Clear, Ont., will be competing in track and field after Benoit encouraged them to try out.

“He’s an awesome person,” said Mark Baillie. “Every time I’ve talked to him he always puts a smile on my face and makes everything seem exciting.”

“He makes it like seem like it’s the best thing in the world,” added John Baillie.

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