Yellowknife teacher Keirra Alty has been selected to lead the Northwest Territories’ team at the forthcoming Jeux de la Francophonie canadienne (JFC).
Between 40 and 70 young people from the territory will form Équipe TNO, the francophone equivalent of Team NT, for the event in Victoria, BC, from July 14-18.
“I am very happy to have been selected to fill this position. It’s a great honour,” said Alty, a French immersion teacher at Yellowknife’s École St Joseph School, in a news release issued by the Fédération franco-ténoise on Tuesday.
“Team TNO had good participation at the 2017 JFC with a record number of participants and a gold medal,” Alty said. “We plan to improve our participation in 2020 and offer more young ténois the opportunity to compete with francophones from across the country.”
Linda Bussey, executive director of the Fédération franco-ténoise, said the organization hoped to “attract the crème de la crème of coaches and participants” with Alty as the team’s leader.
She will also coach futsal at next month’s Arctic Winter Games alongside her sister, Mayor Rebecca Alty.