Athlete profile: Diane Marin

Versatile wrestler tackles a new sport for Arctic Winter Games
Diane Marin

Yellowknife's Diane Marin (11)
in action during
the junior girls
bronze medal game
against team Yukon
Friday at the
Canada Games Center

Diane Marin is one versatile athlete.

The Yellowknife athlete from Ecole Sir John Franklin High School has competed in a slew of regional and national games including the 2007 Western Canada Summer Games, 2008 North American Indigenous games, 2009 Canada Summer Games and the 2008 and 2010 Arctic Winter Games. But her achievements are not all for the same sport.

She’s in Whitehorse as a volleyball player, but Marin is primarily a wrestler -- and a good one at that.

The 18-year-old has contested bouts on the wrestling mat at Arctic Winter Games in the past, winning a gold medal at the 2010 games, but this year “I was too old for wrestling, so I joined volleyball. I’ve been playing about four years,” she said.

While she didn’t get to wrestle in Whitehorse, she’ll be back in action shortly after the Games are over.

“I leave on March 14 for wrestling nationals in St Catherine’s, Ont., right when I get back from Arctic Winter games. I’ve never wrestled at nationals before, but I’ve been to the Canada Games for wrestling, so I’m not too nervous,” Marin said.

Even so, Marin will be hoping another place just a few days after most NWT athletes arrive home from Whitehorse after a week of intense competition.

As a volleyball player, Marin has been playing left and right sides for four years, mostly at high school in Yellowknife. When she’s not on the court or the mat, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and getting caught up on school work.

Her goals for the games are pretty simple, she said.

“I want to make sure I play as best as I can for NWT, and we definitely want to beat Nunavut."

For her, the week in Whitehorse has gone well. The girls’ volleyball team has played well, and on Friday morning they’ll have the chance to meet one of Marin’s goals when they play Team Nunavut for the bronze medal.

They’ve played Nunavut three times already in round robin play, and have dispatched them 2-0 in each meeting.

Whatever happens in that match, Marin said she’s glad she was able to come to Whitehorse.

“For sure I’m excited to be in Whitehorse. I was there to visit in 2008. It’s just beautiful,” she said.