Of "Tears & Triumphs," Canadian producers film TV series on indigenous sports.
There were probably more international media, freelance journalists, and independent film producers on the Kenai Peninsula during the Arctic Winter Games then at any other time in history. One independent producer, Brenda Chambers, of Brenco Media in Kelowna, British Columbia, brought her film crew to follow athletes during their struggles to succeed in the 2006 Arctic Winter Games. A First Nation American, Chambers is a well known TV personality in Canada who got her start in broadcasting some 20 years ago, “Truly I believe I was destined to be in this profession, I didn’t think that when I was graduating high school, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do, but I did know whatever I pursued I’d have to have a passion for it and live it in my life everyday,” said Chambers. She credits her grandfather to opening her mind to a broadcast career, “I was in grade nine and my grandfather brought out a tape recorder and asked me to show him how to use it, and when I asked why, he said because our languages are dying and we need to preserve them and that day has stayed with me through out my life.”
Chamber’s husband Dave Tuccaro is a very successful businessman in Canada, who was the AWG Co-Chairman for the 2004 Games that were held in Ft. McMurray, Alberta, and earlier in his life won a gold ulu in wrestling. Tuccaro attributes his success today to his AWG experience, “When you strive to achieve something that takes a lot of effort and succeed, that translates into everyday life and I can trace my success in the business world back to that experience during the Arctic Winter Games. Hard work leads to success in whatever you choose to do in life,” said Tuccaro.
The soon to be released Canadian Television series “Tears and Triumphs,” will focus on young indigenous people striving to give their all, “We saw it today as we watched the Dene games, young girls trying their most and you could see the emotion and feel their excitement. One girl lost just by a small amount and she cried. She had tried and tried and given her all, the tears weren’t because she didn’t win, they were from the joy of having done her best and struggled to achieve. Our series features indigenous sports and aboriginal communities participating in native sports all over the continent, we came to Alaska to profile some of the Arctic Winter Game athletes,” said Chambers.
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