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Four local athletes win Indigenous Youth Excellence awards

Xavian Washington, Penelope Sparrow, Eden Joseph and Rexon Jacob-Wallace were honoured by I-SPARC
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In case you missed it, the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I·SPARC) has announced regional recipients of the 2023 Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport.

Sea to Sky athletes honoured out of the Vancouver Coastal region include Xavian Washington (lacrosse and football, ӣƵNation), Penelope Sparrow (soccer, Musqueam, ӣƵand We Wai Kai) , Eden Joseph (lacrosse, discus and soccer, Squamish, Haida, Cree, Southern Tutchone, and Métis) as well as Rexon Jacob-Wallace (soccer, Lil'wat Nation). 

"This proud achievement is recognition of your sport excellence and outstanding community leadership," said Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, in a press release. "You are an inspiration to young athletes everywhere! Sport has the power to change lives and our government is committed to ensuring everyone can experience the benefit of sport.

Premier David Eby told the media: "I would like to offer my heartiest congratulations to all 36 regional finalists for this year’s Premier’s Awards Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sports. You’ve worked hard, you’ve trained hard, and you’ve earned this recognition. You’re the future leaders of your communities. I know you have great contributions to make on and off the field of play!"

"Congratulations to this year’s regional recipients. We are thrilled to be celebrating the outstanding achievements of Indigenous athletes from such a wide range of sports,” added Rick Brant, I·SPARC CEO, in a release. “The Premier’s Awards provide an important platform for us to share the inspirational stories of Indigenous athletes from across all six regions of the province. We look forward to following your growth as athletes and leaders within your communities!"

 to view the full list of award recipients from across Canada.

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