West Shore athlete earns aboriginal sports award

Jessica Strandlund one of eight Island winners of Premier's Award

Victoria Devils softball player and volleyball standout Jessica Strandlund was one of eight Vancouver Island winners presented with a 2016 Premier’s Award for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport at a ceremony in Nanaimo on Tuesday.

Strandund, 15, plays in the summer for the View Royal-based Devils 2001 team and represents Metis Nation B.C.

The aboriginal sports awards were presented by Gordon Hogg, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Sport, during a formal celebration held at the Snuneymuxw Recreation and Wellness Centre.

Vancouver Island is one of six regions overseen by the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council.

“We are inspired by the incredible achievements of these amazing young athletes,” said Wally Samuel, co-lead for the council’s Island region.

The nomination process began in September, with more than 130 received from across the province. These aboriginal athletes under 25 have achieved excellence in performance sport, are regarded for their leadership qualities, are committed to higher education, and are recognized as community role models both on and off the field of play.

A total of 47 recipients were chosen within the six regions – Northeast, Northwest, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal, and Vancouver Island.

All recipients are nominated for one of 12 provincial awards (six male, six female) to be selected in January. The awards will be handed out at the Gathering Our Voices National Aboriginal Youth Conference in Kelowna in March.

Other Vancouver Island winners (age, sport and Nation):

Anthony Henry, 15, judo, Métis Nation B.C.

Danielle Dawson, 19, soccer, Dzawada’enuxw First Nation

Brandon Schellenberger, 18, rugby, Namgis First Nation

Jasmine Hunt, 18, soccer, Quatsino First Nation

Benjamin Tozer, 18, badminton, Métis Nation B.C.

V. Crosby Stewart, 22, rugby, Gitanmaax Band

Mayben Crabbe, 17, wrestling, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation



Just Posted

Crews respond to near drowning at Thetis Lake

Man taken to hospital after calls come in of drowning in progress

PHOTOS: Thousands raised for cancer at second annual Gala for Hope

Victoria Fire Department’s fundraiser a success ahead of Ride to Conquer Cancer

Vet services for Victoria’s pets of the homeless cancelled for first time in a decade

Vets for Pets faces a volunteer shortage that’s forced the group to cancel its recent service

Wooldog among mysteries uncovered with powerful UVic microscope

Finding ‘Mutton,’ a dog lost in a Smithsonian drawer for 150 years

Optometrist pedals through depression, leads others for the cause

Ride Don’t Hide bike rides start, end at Windsor Park

Victoria Weekender: What’s happening this weekend, June 15-16

Car Free YYJ, a barber battle and an Outdoor Discovery Day

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Homalco tour gives glimpse into area’s ‘People, Land, Water’

First Nation business mixes cultural components with wildlife excursions

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

Most Read