Duncan’s Ty Brant was one of six recipients of the Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport for Vancouver Island on Nov. 27. (Citizen file)

Duncan’s Ty Brant was one of six recipients of the Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport for Vancouver Island on Nov. 27. (Citizen file)

Duncan’s Brant among ISPARC award winners

Hockey player among six athletes honoured at Quw’utsun’ Cultural Centre

Duncan hockey player Ty Brant was among six outstanding young Indigenous athletes honoured when the 2019 Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport for Vancouver Island were presented at the Quw’utsun’ Cultural Centre on Nov. 27.

The Vancouver Island award ceremony was the last of six held in different regions across B.C. by the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I-SPARC) for Indigenous athletes under the age of 25.

The 18-year-old Brant, who is playing this season with the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, was unable to attend the presentations, but was still pleased to be among the recipients.

“For me, receiving this award is a real testament to what can result from hard work,” he said. “One thing I’ve learned from sport is that hard work will get you where you want. Whether it’s playing sports or becoming successful in life, it all starts with strong work ethic.”

Brant is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, but grew up in Duncan. He has lined up on defence for Team B.C. at three straight National Aboriginal Hockey Championships, winning bronze in 2017 when the tournament was held in the Cowichan Valley, and gold in 2018 in Nova Scotia, and placing fourth in 2019 in the Yukon.

Other winners last Tuesday included Ladysmith’s Jada Livingston, a hockey and rugby player from the Métis Nation; Victoria’s Aedan Crocker, a cyclist from the Penelakut Tribe; Campbell River’s Ty Ludwikowski, a basketball and soccer player from the Wei Wai Kum First Nation; Campbell River’s Emoni Bush, a volleyball player from the Wei Wai Kum First Nation, and Victoria’s Nicola Smith a rugby player from the Peguis First Nation.

“This unique awards program is a great way to show the incredible talent and what these young athletes have accomplished,” said Mildred Price, Vancouver Island regional co-lead for I-SPARC. “We are happy to honour their successes in sport and school and within their communities.”

The regional recipients automatically become nominees for the provincial awards. Ten provincial recipients will be honoured in Kamloops in March.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Duncan’s Brant among ISPARC award winners

Just Posted

Holly the stuffed Rottweiler has been missing from the front of Lucky Dog U-Bath since Feb. 24. (Submitted photo)
Holly the stuffed Rottweiler is missing from Duncan shop

Toy dog missing from front of Lucky Dog U-Bath since Feb.24

Martha Jane McHardy displays her knitwear in one of the windows at Imagine That! in Duncan this month. (Submitted)
Arts and Entertainment column: Lots to see in Duncan in March

Funding success, painters show, folk art, tell your COVID story

The Kinsol Trestle in Shawnigan Lake is a sight to behold. Funding for the expansion of the Shawnigan Museum celebrates its 100th anniversary. (Citizen file)
Shawnigan Museum expansion gets $480,000

Funds from Government of Canada Legacy Fund - Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program

A Cowichan Valley mom is wondering why masks haven’t been mandated for elementary schools. (Metro Creative photo)
Cowichan Valley mom frustrated by lack of mask mandate for elementary students

“Do we want to wait until we end up like Fraser Health?”

Clockwise from top left: Malahat First Nation Chief George Harry and councillors Steve Henry and Cindy Harry address community members in a video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Screenshot)
Malahat Nation confirms first two cases of COVID-19

Community has been under stay-at-home order since Jan. 7

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the B.C. legislature press theatre to give a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic, April 6, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. nears 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations, essential workers next

564 new cases, four deaths, no new outbreaks Thursday

Walter Gretzky father of hockey hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as the Buffalo Sabres play against the Toronto Maple Leafs during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky, father of the Great One, dies at 82

Canada’s hockey dad had battled Parkinson’s disease and other health issues

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 4, 2021. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Liberals, NDP sing in harmony on local election reforms

Bill regulates paid canvassers, allows people in condo buildings

The intersection of Melrose Street and Third Avenue. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Suspect in custody after two pedestrians struck in Port Alberni hit and run

RCMP asking for video footage, credit witnesses for quick arrest

(National Emergency Management Agency)
No tsunami risk to B.C. from powerful New Zealand earthquake: officials

An 8.1 magnitude earthquake shook the north of New Zealand Thursday morning

Comox Valley RCMP had access to 20 Street blocked off between Cousins and Choquette avenues as they conducted a raid of a house on the block. Photo by Terry Farrell
Comox Valley RCMP raid Courtenay problem house, several arrests made

Comox Valley RCMP conducted a raid of a problem house on 20th… Continue reading

(AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
Pandemic stress, isolation key factors as to why Canadians turned to cannabis, alcohol

Study found that isolation played key role in Canadians’ substance use

Most Read