VICTORIA, B.C. – The nomination process has begun to honour high-achieving Indigenous youth athletes in British Columbia.
The Premier’s Awards is a partnership between the B.C. government and the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I-SPARC).
The intention of the Premier’s Awards is to recognize, honour and uplift Indigenous youth athletes who have excelled in sport and are regarded for their leadership qualities on and off the field of play.
The Premier’s Awards will take place on a regional and provincial scale. A maximum of 36 Indigenous athletes will be selected for the Regional Awards, up to six from each of the regions I-SPARC serves. The six regions are Northeast, Northwest, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island.
Athletes up for Regional Awards will be automatically nominated for the Provincial Awards, where up to 10 athletes will be selected.
A Regional Award Ceremony will be held in the fall of 2021 to recognize regional recipients, and a Provincial Award Ceremony will be held in the spring of 2022 for provincial recipients.
Athletes who win Provincial Awards will have a profile on display at the BC Sports Hall of Fame, and they will receive a cash bursary.
Nominations are open to Indigenous youth athletes (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) in British Columbia under the age of 25 who:
Anyone can nominate an athlete whether they are a coach, parent, friend, teacher, or even the athlete themselves.
The nomination window is now open, and the deadline to submit nominations is October 13th at 11:59 p.m.
To find out more about the Premier’s Awards, go to the I-SPARC website.
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