Mark Scheifele, Jarome Iginla, Hayley Wickenheiser… Kerry Galusha.
The NWT curler has signed up to become the territory’s first KidSport ambassador, joining a nationwide list packed with sporting greats.
KidSport helps offset the costs of sport to ensure more children have a chance to take part.
Galusha, 41, was announced as a KidSport ambassador by Sport North on Monday. In her role, she will help to drive awareness of the KidSport program and associated events.
“I got the letter and was, like, ‘Wow!’ We have some Olympians in the North and I was picked over them, so this is really cool. I’m very honoured,” Galusha told Cabin Sports Radio.
“I know I have quite the resumé in the curling world but being from the North is super special. I am pumped to be the face of KidSport right now.
“I have a nine-year-old daughter who is in sports other than curling. I know sports, in general, are really important and I am excited to be involved in this.”
Sport North’s Kendra Wambold said: “We’re very, very excited to have Kerry on board with us. She is definitely grassroots, which is synonymous with what KidSport does – she is involved with the community, especially in Yellowknife.
“KidSport is so much more than trophies and medals. Sport promotes teamwork, fair play, hard work, and perseverance. Those are Kerry’s characteristics on the ice and off the ice.”
Youth aged 18 or under are eligible for up to $300 each to offset things like registration fees and the costs of personal equipment.
A separate program provides grants to communities, ranging from $500 to $2,000, to help programs with equipment costs.
“This fall was the biggest sum of money we have given out through the community equipment grant program, at $33,500,” said Wambold.
“That went to communities like Tuktoyaktuk, Ulukhaktok, Norman Wells, Fort Smith, Yellowknife, and Hay River.”
Galusha, who works for the Department of Justice when not curling, is the sister of Canadian 2018 Olympic skip Kevin Koe and twin sister of fellow NWT curler Jamie Koe.
According to her biography on Sport North’s website, she is a 13-time participant at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts – the annual Canadian women’s curling championship.
Listen to more from Kerry Galusha on Cabin Sports Radio, 6-7pm on Monday, December 3. Get the podcast here.