Our next UBC Aboriginal Youth Learning Circle will feature two up-and-coming athletes who are stars in their sports and in their communities! Ashley McGinnis is as a point guard for the University of Victoria women’s basketball team (the “Vikes”) and Marlan Hall is a talented amateur MMA fighter. Come and be inspired as Ashley and Marlan share their stories of overcoming challenges and adversity to be successful athletes and Indigenous role models.
Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Participate by videoconference OR computer webinar
Registration: Pre-registration is required to attend this free event. Click here to register.
Who Should Attend? This session is intended for Aboriginal youth, Aboriginal youth workers, teachers, parents, and anyone who is interested in being inspired.
About the Presenters
Ashley McGinnis started playing basketball when she was in Grade 5 with her very first coach Sam Louie. She loved the sport and in 2008 she got the opportunity to play competitively with players throughout BC for the Summer Games. From there through grade 9-12 Ashley tried out for Team B.C and was given the opportunity to play for the Provincial Team for three years. She won two silver medals; one in 2009 and another in 2011 Nationals. Her coach Shawn McGinnus for the U17 Provincial Team helped her believe that she could play at the CIS level. She was recruited by Rich Chambers head basketball coach for the University of Victoria Women’s Team, where she just finished her 1st year as a rookie. Ashley has traveled extensively for tournaments for JANT, High School, and UVic as far east as Winnipeg, north to Prince Rupert, south to Las Vegas and as far west as Port Alberni.
Marlan Hall is a Grade 12 student at Southern Okanagan Secondary School. He will be graduating this year and his short-term goal is to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. His dream is to become a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter and he hopes to fight under the UFC. He started training in MMA in 2008 but didn’t do any formal training until 2010 when he started boxing. He has been doing cage fighting since 2010 and his current record is 6-3 and he has held the 145 belt in one organization. He presently fights under the biggest organization in BC, the Battlefield Fight League. His last fight was February 16, 2013, where he won in 45 seconds of the first round. Although his dream to become an MMA fighter is difficult, his parents’ belief in him helps him grow as a fighter and a person. With hard work and determination, he knows he can achieve his goal.