Applications accepted for Aboriginal award

Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport deadline is Sept. 29.

Penticton’s Hayden Craig, left, and Lyndzie Caron, both of the Métis Nation BC were among the 12 recipients of the 2016 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport last year. Submitted photo

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC) with the Province of British Columbia, is launching the nomination process for the 2017 Premier’s Award for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport.

These awards provide a unique opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Indigenous athletes who excel in performance sport and who are using their experiences in sport to shape their future. Nominations are open to Indigenous athletes (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) under 25 years of age who are training and competing in performance sport; display strong leadership qualities; are committed to pursuing higher education; and serve as community role models both on and off the field of play.

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The Premier’s Awards will be presented both regionally and provincially. Eight athletes (four male and four female) within each of the partners council’s six regions will be selected. The forty-eight regional recipients will automatically serve as nominees for the Provincial Award, with 12 athletes (six male and six female) to be selected. Formal ceremonies to honour Regional Awards Recipients will be held throughout the month of November and the provincial ceremony will be conducted at the next Gathering Our Voices National Aboriginal Youth Conference in Richmond, March 20, 2018.

Deadline to submit nominations is Sept. 29, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. (PST). The Regional Nomination form can be found at the ISPARC website,