The 2016 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport were presented on March 21, 2017 to 12 outstanding Aboriginal youth athletes from British Columbia. Carson Graham Secondary student and Squamish Nation member Lyric Atchison was one of the 12 recipients. The awards were presented by Gordon Hogg, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Sport, during a formal celebration held during the opening ceremonies of the Gathering Our Voices Youth Conference at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre in Kelowna. Atchison was unable to attend the awards gala because she was on a school rugby trip to New Zealand.
“These awards recognize Aboriginal youth on and off the field – youth who are excelling in education, participating in sport and embracing their culture. Congratulations to all recipients and I look forward to watching you develop in your careers in the upcoming years,” said BC Premier Christy Clark.
The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC), in collaboration with the Government of British Columbia, created the Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport to highlight the incredible achievements of Aboriginal youth athletes in the province. The second-annual awards honour Aboriginal athletes under 25 years of age who have achieved excellence in performance sport, are regarded for their leadership qualities, are committed to a higher education, and are recognized as community role models both on and off the field.
From the 47 regional recipients selected in 2016, a total of 12 recipients (six male and six female) have been selected to receive the provincial award:
The 2016 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport – Provincial Recipients
Mateya Haintz, age 16, Hammer Throw, Discus, Hwlitsum / Coast Salish
Joel Harrison, age 17, Soccer, Métis Nation BC
Mayben Crabbe, age 17, Wrestling, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations
Connor Weyell, age 22, Rugby, Métis Nation BC
Hayden Craig, age 20, Basketball, Softball, Métis Nation BC
V. Crosby Stewart, age 22, Rugby, Nisa’a, Gitxsan
Lyric Atchison, age 18, Rugby, Wrestling, Squamish Nation
Corey Stewart, age 24, Para Kayaking, Nisga’a Nation
Shalaya Valenzuela, age 17, Rugby, Tseshaht First Nation
Brandon Schellenberger, age 19, Rugby, Namgis First Nation
Lyndzie Caron, age 17, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Métis Nation BC
Harold Moore, age 18, Soccer, Haida Nation