Audra Young

Past President, Sask Sport Inc.
Hometown: Cowessess First Nation

"I am from a community that has always supported its athletes. For as long as I can remember living on the reserve (Cowessess First Nation), the school gym was open, and if you wanted to play volleyball or practice for track, a teacher, parent or coach would be available to supervise. If it wasn't for those parents and teachers at the gym, taking us from volleyball tournament to volleyball tournament, loading up a bus for a trip to Regina for the Provincial Track Meet and to other communities hosting the Unit and Provincial playoffs, we wouldn't have been as successful as we were. We learned what was required to succeed at our sport, how to recover from a loss and to keep on trying, how to work together, and how to be proud of where we are from. But most of all, we learned how to be proud of who we are. I wouldn't be where I am today without that support and involvement. That is what sport has taught me.

Today, I play in the Great Western Ladies Volleyball League in Regina. I play with and against some very talented and competitive women. I admire their commitment to volleyball and am in awe of their skills. I have played in this league for over 13 years with the same team, and I am proud of the strength and depth of talent of the women volleyball players in this league and throughout our province."

Audra Young was elected to the Sask Sport Inc. Board of Directors in 2008 and became President in June 2010. She has served as the Chairperson of the Sport Funding Committee and has been a member of the Trust Committee, Community Funding Committee, and the Aboriginal Sport Leadership Council. She has also been involved with Family Service Regina, the Rainbow Youth Centre, the 2008 On-Scene Conference organizing committee, Saskatchewan Police Aboriginal Recruiting Committee (S.P.A.R.C.) Recruiting Strategist, and the Regina Police Service Half Marathon 2011 Committee.

Audra was born and raised on the Cowessess First Nation. She is married to Robyn Lynch, and they have a 16 year old son named Quinn. She is a 20 year member of the Regina Police Service and is currently assigned to the Major Crimes Unit.

Audra has played volleyball for many years and currently plays on a women's team in the Great Western Ladies Volleyball League. She and her colleagues started a women's police team, and in 1997, they competed at the World Police and Fire games in Calgary, AB, in 1998 at the Can-Am Police - Fire Games in Regina, SK (bronze medalists), and in 2008 at the Can-Am Police-Fire Games in Saskatoon, SK (silver medalists).

Links:
Sask Sport Inc.