Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Province of British Columbia launches program for excellence in Aboriginal Sport

Achievements in Aboriginal Sport will be honoured in 2016, as the Province of British Columbia introduces a new program of excellence for the year ahead.

Aboriginal Youth athletes under 25 years of age are invited to apply for one of the 12 Premier's Awards that will be presented annually, with the First Ceremony to take place as part of the 2016 Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference in Victoria  on March 21, 2016.

Successful applicants will be assessed on five main areas Sporting Achievements, Leadership Qualities, Education, Cultural Awareness and Future Goals.

In addition to the above criteria for applicants, nomination requirements include:

Nominee must have been a permanent resident of British Columbia for the last 12 months

Is of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Metis and Inuit)

Is currently registered  with a B. C. Provincial Sport organization and/or involved in a Partner's Council Program (including recognized regional/traditional sports)

Under the age 25 (Born in 1991 or later)

Is actively participating in one or more sports (recognized provincial sports, as well as regional/traditional  sports) and show evidence of high athletic performance results

Demonstrates leadership both on and off the field of play

Is committed and dedicated to learning and academics and is actively pursuing or planning to pursue a post-secondary education.

One item of note to keep in mind for would be applicants, Recipients of the Premier's Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport are not eligible to apply for or receive the award in subsequent years.

All of the nominees will notified by February 21st of the selection committee's decisions, those selected will receive funding for the recipient and one guest to attend the Premier's award ceremony.

The selected recipients will also have their sots covered to attend the Aboriginal Youth Sport Leadership Forum.

You can learn more about the program here, while the nomination form can be found here.

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