Siksika Nation's Syrianna Running Rabbit made history earlier this month when she won the bronze medal in Female Box Lacrosse in the Canada Summer Games! The tournament was at St. Catharine's, a city in Ontario which is nearby Niagara Falls.
"It was really amazing because even though it was bronze, we did win the first bronze for Female Box Lacrosse ever at the Canada Summer Games," she said.
In the first ever showing of Female Box Lacrosse at the Canada Summer Games, Running Rabbit was part of an incredibly talented group of girls on Team Alberta's U17 team who earned a hard fought bronze by beating Nova Scotia. She said the competition was tough, but it only made the atmosphere better.
"It was amazing playing against girls who are at the same skill caliber that you are. The competition and the focus and the drive to win there was really amazing to feel and play against."
Lacrosse is more than just a sport for Running Rabbit; it's become a core aspect of her family! All three of her siblings and her dad play, and even though her mom isn't on the field she's supporting them on the sidelines. Running Rabbit explained that her two older siblings travelled out of the province to play before, but for her it was a new experience.
"It was a little shaky at first, I was a little nervous going into it but once we started to get going with practices and playing games I started to settle down and feel kind of at home while I was playing."
With lacrosse being such a big part of her life, Running Rabbit hopes to continue playing for as long as she can. Making Team Alberta is already a huge accomplishment, as she went through a grueling 2 day tryout with more than 100 other girls to earn her spot on the roster. For her, Team Alberta may just be the first of many impressive teams she's a part of as her career continues.
"I'm hoping that if I do get the chance I could possibly play lacrosse at the college level, and then there's Team Canada for women so I'm hoping that's something I could maybe look into."
While she's enjoying the bronze medal for now, Running Rabbit will be back at it again in no time, preparing for other tournaments to come and more opportunities to show off what she can do. This historic Canada Summer Games was one she won't forget.
"It was unimaginable being there."
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