Hard work pays off, especially if someone devotes every waking moment to their craft. That is exactly what Logan Richter from Chetwynd has done with the game of volleyball.
Richter’s hard work has resulted in her attending the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Toronto this week. She will be representing the Saulteau First Nations at the event.
“I’m really excited and really proud that I’ve worked so hard to get here,” she said. “I’m quite nervous but I’m excited to play and represent my town.”
Richter, 17, currently plays for the Chetwynd U17 Raiders Club Volleyball, as well as U19 Team B.C. which is attending NAIG.
She first got into volleyball in elementary gym class, and has been hooked ever since. She has especially turned up her training and practicing in the last year and a half.
After the NAIG, she wants to play post-secondary volleyball. Though she has participated in several sports, volleyball is the center of attention.
“I love that it’s a team sport and there’s so many different positions you can play,” she said. “It’s challenging. You have to move everywhere and be everywhere. You have to think fast. I love that.”
Richter plays the Libero on the team. Team B.C. hopes to repeat the success they had at the 2014 NAIG games, where they took home gold.
She has participated in three selection camps as part of the process to make Team B.C., and became one of the 12 players in March.
Richter is thankful to many people, including her family, and past coach Helen Toppin. She is also grateful to current club coaches Randy and Christi Munch. The NAIG run from July 16 to 23. There are 526 athletes from B.C. participating and over 5,000 in total from Canada and USA. The games are being held at Humber College and York University.