Saltair hockey star Jada Livingston appeared on the hockey program Hit The Ice. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Six outstanding Indigenous Island athletes receive prestigious award

Vancouver Island honours recipients of Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport

A Saltair hockey player and Penelakut Island cyclist are among the six outstanding Indigenous youth athletes from the Island region honoured with Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport during a ceremony in Duncan.

Jada Livingston, 17, who’s Metis, also plays rugby in addition to hockey at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. Hockey is much more than a pastime for her and even included an extended season in 2018 when she was involved in filming for the Hit the Ice series on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

Aedan Crocker, 16, of Penelakut Island, a prominent road and track cycling athlete, Ty Brant, 18, from Duncan (hockey), Ty Ludwikowski, 15, from Campbell River (basketball, soccer), Emoni Bush, 16, of Campbell River (volleyball) and Nicola Smith, 19, of Victoria (rugby) rounded out the regional honourees.

The awards were presented at Duncan’s Quw’utsun’ Cultural & Conference Centre. The Island is the sixth and final region to honour Indigenous athletes through this province-wide awards program known as I-SPARC.

I·SPARC, in collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, launched the regional nomination process in August, receiving close to 130 nominations from across the province for Indigenous athletes under 25 years of age who are competing in performance sport and committed to living healthy, active lifestyles.

A total of 36 recipients were chosen within the six regions – Fraser, Interior, Northeast, Northwest, Vancouver Coastal, and Vancouver Island.

“Congratulations to each of the 36 talented athletes selected as regional award recipients this year,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “Your extraordinary achievements in sport and school and as community leaders are an inspiration to everyone in B.C. I wish you the very best as you continue to strive for greatness in athletics and beyond.”

“This unique awards program is a great way to show the incredible talent and what these young athletes have accomplished,” said Mildred Price, Vancouver Island Regional co-lead for I·SPARC. “We are happy to honour their successes in sport and school and within their communities.”

The regional recipients automatically serve as nominees for the Provincial Awards to be selected in early 2020 in Kamloops.

Just Posted

How Parksville’s St. Anne’s became a place homeless people would actually go

After opening as a ‘pray and stay’ vigil, church decided to stay open nightly

Robert Barron: Winter can be hard, but it brings back good memories

I would carefully poke the handle of the shovel through the snow until it bumped into a solid object

VIU professor concerned about myths around insect apocalypse

Jasmine Janes’s work published in peer-reviewed journal BioScience

Police remind drivers they have legal obligations when it comes to collisions

No spike in 911 calls to Victoria Police due to snow

Despite flurry of cancellations, BC Ferries record remains way off

Adverse weather cancelled more than 900 ferry sailings in 2012

Kids across Canada more at risk of hospitalization from flu this season: doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam said influenza B does not usually peak until February or later

BC Ferries hybrid ships set to arrive in Victoria today

The battery-operated vessels will take over smaller routes

Know how to spot counterfeit bills

Campbell River RCMP concerned obvious phony bills are fooling people

Young Island skiers earn podium finishes at first Teck BC Cup of 2020

Saanich student-athlete earns two bronze medals in U18 girls category

Nanaimo theft victim confronts suspects with baseball bat

Nanaimo RCMP seek identify of two people alleged to have used a stolen credit card

Esquimalt arsonist sentenced to two years in jail, thanks police, defence lawyer and taxpayers

Wei Li was convicted of intentionally lighting his rental property on fire in October 2017

Coroner’s Service investigating circumstances of senior’s death in Campbell River

Body found on beach in Ocean Grove; not deemed a suspicious death

Digital payment options on horizon for BC Transit in Greater Victoria, timeline unclear

BC Transit is ‘taking the time to get it right,’ says a spokesperson

Most Read