Wikwemikong band member coaches gold medal team at Ontario Summer Games

Coach Marian Jacko and Kaitlyn Isaac after their gold medal win at the Ontario Summer Games. photo by Kelly Isaac

MISSISSAUGA—Wikwemikong band member Marian Jacko was part of the coaching team that took gold in women’s hockey at the Ontario Summer Games earlier this month in Mississauga.

“I was the assistant coach for Team Campbell that won gold at the Ontario Summer Games,” Ms. Jacko told The Expositor. “Normally women’s hockey is part of the winter games, but there were some issues and the games got cancelled. The Ontario Women’s Hockey Association advocated for women’s hockey to be added to the summer games and it was, which was history in the making.”

Ms. Jacko is the president of the Mississauga Girls’ Hockey League (MGHL) and a lawyer in Toronto, where she resides, but was raised in Wikwemikong where she is still a band member.

This year was historical for not only was women’s hockey added as a part of the summer games, but it was also the first year that there were all female staff for women’s hockey at the games.

The games brought together 160 elite under 16 players from across Ontario with eight teams total.

Ms. Jacko said she was proud to be one of only a few Aniishnaabe Kwe participating in the games, joined by Team Rivard player Kaitlyn Isaac of Walpole Island, who’s team won silver.