Kait­lyn Bomberry

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

Kait­lyn Bomberry likes to be in the mid­dle of the ac­tion. So she took her con­sid­er­able ath­letic tal­ent from the out­field to be­hind the plate. “I was play­ing for a team in Brant­ford last year and they needed a catcher, so I tried it and I liked it,” says the 14-year-old from Six Na­tions, one of the youngest play­ers on On­tario’s U-16 soft­ball team. “I get to play more. In­stead of stand­ing there, I’m al­ways mov­ing, and al­ways in the game.” From a soft­ball fam­ily, Bomberry has won pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships with the Brant­ford Bob­cats and with Six Na­tions Mi­nor Soft­ball As­so­ci­a­tion teams. She also plays hockey and rugby at As­sump­tion Col­lege in Brant­ford where she’s go­ing into Grade 10. Bomberry has played soft­ball in a show­case tour­na­ment at Dis­ney World, and was se­lected as one of two ath­letes to rep­re­sent her re­gion at the Right to Play youth lead­er­ship con­fer­ence in Win­nipeg last spring. She says she’s glad she was cho­sen to play in NAIG: “It brings me joy be­cause I like play­ing with other Indigenous peo­ple, get­ting to know them, and just play­ing soft­ball.” Bomberry knows ex­actly what she wants to do af­ter high school, and that in­volves be­ing right in the ac­tion, too. She plans to study Po­lice Foun­da­tions at Mo­hawk Col­lege in or­der to be­come a po­lice of­fi­cer. It’s her first NAIG but, she says, hope­fully not her last. “It’s fun. I like be­ing there at McMaster,” she says. “I hope to play right un­til I’m 19.”

Kait­lyn Bomberry. “I was play­ing for a team in Brant­ford last year and they needed a catcher, so I tried it and I liked it.”

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