Olivia Lounsbury is a member of the Camosun College Chargers women’s basketball team and a regional winner of a Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport.

Olivia Lounsbury is a member of the Camosun College Chargers women’s basketball team and a regional winner of a Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport.

Chilliwack’s Olivia Lounsbury wins Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport

The Unity Christian grad and current Camosun student is one of six winners from the Fraser region

Chilliwack’s Olivia Lounsbury has won a regional Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport.

The 18-year-old was recognized by the provincial government and I·SPARC (Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council) for demonstrating a commitment to her education and culture while promoting healthy and active lifestyles.

She is one of six winners from the Fraser region.

A multi-sport star who excels in basketball, volleyball, soccer, track and field, swimming and badminton, Lounsbury isn’t able to receive her award in person this year due to COVID gathering restrictions. Instead, the member of Tahltan Nation and graduate of Unity Christian will be featured in a commemorative video highlighting the Fraser region’s athletes.

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The video will be unveiled on I·SPARC’s YouTube channel and social media channels.

“Congratulations to all the regional winners of the Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “I’m so proud of your accomplishments both on the field and in your community. Your outstanding achievements are a source of pride, especially for your family, coaches, and everyone who has supported and encouraged you along the way. This, to me, is reconciliation in action. More than ever in these challenging times, we need young people like you to give us hope. Keep following your dreams and reaching for the stars.”

There may be another step coming for Lounsbury. The six Fraser recipients will be joined by 24 athletes from other regions (Interior, Northeast, Northwest, Vancouver Coastal, and Vancouver Island), all of them nominated for provincial awards that will be announced later this year.

“Congratulations to each of the recipients in the Fraser region for your achievements in sport and the inspiration you are providing to live healthy and active lifestyles,” said Cheryl Charlie, Fraser I·SPARC regional lead. “Your hard work and dedication is something we can all be proud of. We look forward to seeing you continue to grow as great athletes and people.”


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