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Second paddler wins a 2017 Premier’s Award for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport

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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.

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Paddler wins a 2017 Premier’s Award for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport

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The 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport were presented to eight outstanding Aboriginal athletes from British Columbia’s Vancouver Coastal Region during a formal celebration held Tuesday at the Musqueam Community Center in Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver Coastal is the fourth of six regions to honour Aboriginal athletes through this unique province-wide awards program.

Among the recipients was Gordon George who paddled at the 2017 North American Games in Toronto. A member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, George won three medals at the Games.

I·SPARC Vancouver Coastal Regional Lead Courtenay Gibson said ”Thank you to the eight athletes we are honouring here this evening, and to their families and the communities that support these amazing young leaders. You are true champions on and off the field, proving that we as Indigenous people are not only surviving, but thriving.”

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 – Vancouver Coastal Region are:

  • Alexis Mellish, 17, Rugby and Lacrosse, Squamish Nation
  • Gordon George, 18, Canoe, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
  • Ashley Thorne, 13, Soccer, Musqueam Indian Band
  • Jaiden Terry, 14, Lacrosse and Hockey, St’at’imc and Nisga’a
  • Kathleen Natrall, 14, Softball and Snowboarding, Squamish Nation
  • Quinn Sam-Finlay, 17, Basketball and Soccer, Lil’Wat Nation
  • Malia Terry, 18, Lacrosse, St’at’imc and Nisga’a
  • Sekawnee Baker, 18, Lacrosse, Squamish Nation

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.


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Team BC wins 53 medals at North American Indigenous Games

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Team BC’s paddlers brought home 53 medals from the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto last week. Their impressive results helped Team BC to win the Overall Team title at the end of Games.

During the three days of competition, Team BC earned 21 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 21 bronze medals. Among Team BC’s top medal winners were:

  • Monique Seanez (14U, Saanichton): 3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
  • Silas Wilson (14U, Nanaimo): 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
  • Breanna Seymour (16U Stz’uminus): 3 gold, 1 bronze
  • Jordana Seymour (19U Stz’uminus): 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
  • Ivan Morris (19U, Port Renfrew): 1 silver, 3 bronze
  • Michael Wyse (19U, Nanaimo): 4 gold, 2 silver
  • Trey Gray-Thorne (19U, Duncan): 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
  • Brandyn Chappell (19U, Chilliwack): 4 gold

In the Overall Team competition, Team BC competed in 13 sports and won a total of 176 medals (65 gold, 57 Silver, 54 bronze) over the course of the competition week. This put the team in first place, 12 medals ahead of Team Saskatchewan. This is the second time BC has won the Overall Team Title at the NAIG, after winning the award at the 2014 NAIG in Regina, Saskatchewan.

 

 


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Team BC unveils custom art to unite athletes at Games

Team-BC-Unite.pngThis summer, Team BC athletes will represent our province at two major multi-sport Games – the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg and the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto.

The organizers of the two Team BC contingents are excited to unveil a custom art design that was commissioned to celebrate the spirit of teamwork and cooperation.

While both teams compete under the Team BC name, the contingents have traditionally been organized separately. The design, Team BC Unite, was created by artist Jamin Zuroski and represents two teams, two worlds, embracing diversity, respect, connection, perseverance, excellence, and celebration.

At the 2017 Canada Summer Games, Team BC athletes will proudly wear a shirt displaying the Team BC Unite design as they parade into the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Team BC athletes at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) will proudly display the Team BC Unite design on their Closing Ceremony shirts.

The design features two animals – the raven is a symbol of Team BC at the North American Indigenous Games and the whale represents Team BC at the Canada Games. Each animal highlights special qualities such as strength, determination, unity, and desire for success both as an individual and as a team. The feather symbolizes a tool that embraces balance of the mind, body and spirit. All of elements together are in the shape of a ball or sphere to highlight momentum of the athletes and all of those who support them on their journey.

The North American Indigenous Games are recognized as an important vehicle to promote Indigenous sport development and recreation in Canada. Toronto will host 5,000 participants including 550 from Team BC, July 16 to 23.

The Canada Games are a national multi-sport competition featuring top athletes from every province and territory. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Games and Team BC will have 450 athletes, coaches, and mission staff in Winnipeg, July 28 to August 13.


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Team BC announces Canoe/Kayak teams for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games

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Team BC is pleased to announce its official Canoe/Kayak rosters for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Toronto, Ontario.

Team BC held its initial selection camp in Seabird Island at the BC Aboriginal Canoe/Kayak Championships on September 17 and 18, 2016 where 102 athletes competed for spots on the Team BC Development Squad; at the spring selection camps the Canoe/Kayak Development Squad finalized their roster with six athletes per team.

Team BC Canoe/Kayak will be represented by:

U14 Female Canoe/Kayak Team U14 Male Canoe/Kayak Team
Jennea Seward Brentwood Bay Mazzari Tate Nanaimo
Julienne Wyse-Seward Nanaimo Memphis Wyse Nanaimo
Karalyn Morris Brentwood Bay Myles Paige Duncan
Madelyn Morris Brentwood Bay Noah Gray Lake Errock
Monique Seanez Saanichton Silas Wilson Nanaimo
Trinity Jensen Forest Grove William Wyse Nanaimo
U16 Female Canoe/Kayak Team U16 Male Canoe/Kayak Team
Breanna Seymour Ladysmith Drake Leon Agassiz
Chelsei Gray Lake Errock Dylan Marchand Port Alberni
Emerald Julia John Hope Quentin Tate Port Alberni
Kristine Edgar Port Alberni Quincy Archie Canim Lake
Rose Seward Brentwood Bay Terrance Hubick-Archie Canim Lake
Valerie Paul Agassiz Tyson Seward Nanaimo
U19 Female Canoe/Kayak Team U19 Male Canoe/Kayak Team
Brittney Sam Victoria Brandyn Chappell Chilliwack
Janessa Horne Duncan Gordon George North Vancouver
Jordana Seymour Ladysmith Ivan Morris Port Renfrew
Josephine Seward Nanaimo Jonis White Brackendale
Kasey Wyse Nanaimo Michael Wyse Nanaimo
Kyla Price Duncan Trey Gray-Thorne Duncan
U14 & U16 Female Alternates U14 & U16 Male Alternates
Taylor Charlie Agassiz Marcus Jeffrey Port Alberni
Syvawn Paul Agassiz Norman Mack Port Alberni
Tyana Price Duncan
Makenzie Williams-Chapman Deroche
U19 Female Alternates U19 Male Alternates
Makayla Sam Agassiz Dmitri John Hope
Tyra Johnston Nanaimo Stephan Theodore-Jensen Forest Grove

Coaching Staff:

Peter Amos, Co-Head Coach
Chrystal McCallum, Co-Head Coach
Paul Wyse-Seward, Assistant Coach
Emerald John, Manager

Team BC Assistant Chef de Mission Buzz Manuel congratulated all of the athletes appointed to Team BC is looking forward to watching the Canoe/Kayak teams compete at the Games.

Manuel also thanked the coaching staff for their tremendous work they have completed over the past six months; and Canoe Kayak BC for their continued assistance and partnership to grow the sport of Canoe/Kayak in our province through their coaching programs and athlete development initiatives.

The North American Indigenous Games is the largest continental sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people, welcoming more than 5,000 athletes, 2,000 volunteers and a number of spectators and dignitaries from across North America. From July 16 – 23, 2017, the City of Toronto will be the proud Host City to the 2017 North American Indigenous Games.