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Years later, Cambridge Bay residents still celebrating the coaches who changed their lives – CBC

Feb 02, 2023

Terry Aknavigak and Daisy Eyegetok coached basketball for 20 years

When storms raged during basketball practice in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Daisy Eyegetok always knew she couldn’t take the day off.

Sure enough, one or two students would ring her up, rain or snow: “Is there going to be practice?”

“And then there’s three or four, and it’s like, I’d better get dressed. I’d better go. And that was enough,” said Daisy, who along with Terry Aknavigak coached basketball in the community of about 1,760 people for 20 years.

The couple stepped back from coaching several years ago, but former athletes say they helped change and save lives by giving students a place to go, making them feel like they belonged and showing them a wider world outside the hamlet.

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