The 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport were presented to eight outstanding Aboriginal athletes from British Columbia’s Interior Region during a formal celebration held Thursday at the Adams Lake Recreation Center in Chase, B.C. The Interior is the sixth of six regions to honour Aboriginal athletes through this unique province-wide awards program.
Among the recipients was Terrance Hubick-Archie who paddled at the 2017 North American Games in Toronto. A member of the Canim Lake Band, Hubick qualified for three finals at the Games. He joins Gordon George from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation as recipients of these awards in 2017.
“The recipients recognized today are the mentors, heroes and leaders of the next generation of Aboriginal athletes for the Interior region of our province,” said Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary of Sport and Multiculturalism. “It is important to recognize and celebrate these athletes for their commitment to sport, education and culture.”
The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC), in collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, launched the Regional nomination process in August 2017, receiving 141 nominations from across the province for Aboriginal athletes under 25 years of age who are competing in performance sport and committed to living healthy, active lifestyles.
A total of 48 recipients have been chosen within I·SPARC’s six regions – Northeast, Northwest, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island. Recipients were selected based on their achievements in performance sport, commitment to pursuing a higher education, demonstrable leadership qualities, volunteerism, and connection to culture.
The recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport – Interior Region are:
- Kaitlyn Lafontaine, 21, Basketball, Métis Nation BC
- Daniel Everton, 16, Volleyball, Métis Nation BC
- Kelly Kosolofski, 14, Soccer and Hockey, Haida Nation
- Jacob Taylor, 16, Track & Field, Okanagan Band
- Kylie Jack, 21, Golf, Penticton Indian Band
- Terrance Hubick-Archie, 16, Canoe/Kayak, Canim Lake Band
- Laine Grace, 18, Hockey, Cariboo-Chilcotin Métis Society
- William Brewer, 15, Snowboarding & Lacrosse, Okanagan Band
These recipients automatically serve as nominees for the Provincial Awards. A total of 12 Provincial Recipients (six male and six female) will be selected in February 2018. Provincial recipients will receive an invitation to attend a special Aboriginal Youth Sport Leadership Forum, held at the Gathering our Voices Indigenous Youth Leadership Training in Richmond from March 20-23, 2018.