Chilliwack’s Olivia Lounsbury is one of 10 young athletes province-wide winning a Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport.
Lounsbury, a member of the Tahltan Nation, is a multi-sport standout who has competed in basketball, volleyball, soccer, track and field, swimming and badminton.
The Camosun College student was one of 30 athletes selected as regional award winners in April. They were recognized for competing in high performance sport while demonstrating a commitment to education and culture, while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle
From those 30 came 10 provincial-level award winners.
“Each recipient embodies the qualities of a leader, is connected to their community and is committed to their studies and future goals,” said Corinne McKay, president of the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council. “These outstanding athletes have demonstrated perseverance and commitment to their sport during this challenging time.”
Lounsbury received her award virtually at a Zoom event held Oct. 20.
The celebration included a pre-recorded video presentation filmed at the BC Sports Hall of Fame and hosted by Blake Price, Canadian sports broadcaster. It included a short speech by Lounsbury and other recipients.
The 10 athletes will photos and biographies on display at the BC Sports Hall of Fame this year.
“Sports have had a profound impact on my life and make a positive difference in the lives of young athletes across the province,” said BC Premier John Horgan. “Every young person is capable of achieving great things. This year’s recipients stand out both on and off the field, as exceptional athletes and community leaders.”