Haisla swimmer Ethan Amos is one of only eight Aboriginal youths in the Northwest who received a Permier’s Award for Excellence in Sport.
The 15 year old Amos joined seven other sporting stars at the awards ceremony at a formal celebration held at the Waap Galts’ap Community House in Terrace on November 3.
The Northwest is the second of six regions to honour Aboriginal athletes through this unique province-wide awards program.
The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC), in collaboration with the province, launched the regional nomination process in August and received 141 nominations from across the province for Aboriginal athletes under 25 competing in performance sport and committed to living healthy, active lifestyles.
I·SPARC Premier’s Awards and Communications interim manager Deanna Nicolson said 48 recipients have been chosen within I·SPARC’s six regions; Northeast, Northwest, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island.
“Recipients were selected based on their achievements in performance sport, commitment to pursuing a higher education, demonstrable leadership qualities, volunteerism, and connection to culture,” said Nicolson.
She said Amos and the other seven winners automatically qualify for the provincial awards in February 2018.
The winners from the provincial awards will attend a special Aboriginal Youth Sport Leadership Forum in Richmond in March 2018.