Chase Students Recognized for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport

Posted On Tuesday November 13, 2018
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Lincoln Yarama and Brianna Billy from Chase Secondary School

Two of the eight athletes recognized in the 2018 Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport are students at Chase Secondary.

Lincoln Yarama, age 16 and Brianna Billy, age 15 each received awards on Nov. 8  at a formal ceremony for outstanding Indigenous youth athletes in the Interior at the Outma Sqilx’W Cultural School in Penticton, BC.

Lincoln, from the Adams Lake Indian Band, is active in rodeo, hockey and trap shooting. Brianna, a member of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band plays softball.  

The Interior is the third of the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council’s (I·SPARC) six regions to honour Indigenous athletes through this unique province-wide awards program. 

I·SPARC, in collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, launched the regional nomination process in August 2018, receiving 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 47 recipients were chosen within I·SPARC’s six regions – Northeast, Northwest, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal, and Vancouver Island. 

As Regional recipients, Lincoln and Brianna automatically serve as nominees for the Provincial Awards. A total of 12 Provincial Awards (six male and six female) will be selected in January 2019. Provincial recipients will be presented with their award at Gathering our Voices: Indigenous Youth Leadership Forum in Port Alberni March 19-22, 2019. 

“I’m very proud to support these awards, which provide much-deserved recognition for our top young Indigenous athletes,” said Premier John Horgan. “It’s great to see these young champions achieving top results in such a wide variety of sports.” 

“These talented young athletes are rising stars in their sports and role models in their communities,” said Minister Lisa Beare. “I hope these awards will encourage them to keep pursuing their dreams on and off the field of play.” 

“We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of our First Nations and Métis athletes in the Interior,” said Bruce Baptiste, Interior Regional Lead for I·SPARC. “The recipients we have honoured tonight have dedicated their time to achieving excellence and we look forward to the continued success of these young role models.” 

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