Dawson Creek’s Loveena McCorkell was one of eight Northeast recipients of the 2018 Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport.
McCorkell, 14, of the Skin Tyee First Nation, received the honour at a ceremony in Prince George at the Nusdeh Yoh Aboriginal Choice School late October. McCorkell competes in judo.
Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council’s (I·SPARC), in collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, launched the regional nomination process in August 2018, receiving nominations from across the province for Indigenous athletes under 25 years of age who are competing in performance sport and committed to living healthy, active lifestyles.
A total of 48 recipients were chosen within I·SPARC’s six regions – Northeast, Northwest, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal, and Vancouver Island.
“It was an important evening for us to gather our communities and families to honour our youth athletes and celebrate their successes. The Premier’s Awards recognize our young people who are leading by example and giving back in a big way to their sport and communities,” said Ken Edzerza, Northeast Regional Lead for I·SPARC.
These Regional recipients automatically serve as nominees for the Provincial Awards. A total of 12 Provincial Awards (six male and six female) will be selected in January 2019. Provincial recipients will be presented with their award at Gathering our Voices: Indigenous Youth Leadership Forum in Port Alberni March 19-22, 2019.
Mile Zero Judo competes in Quebec
Mile Zero Judo was competing at the Quebec Open, Loveena McCorkell, Sienna McCorkell, Seve Avey, and Flynn Smith, amongst 1,140 competitors. Loveena placed fifth, after making it to the bronze medal match, while Sienna took bronze in groundwork.
The DC Judo Club spent the week at the National Judo Training Centre, before competing in the Ontario Open in Toronto.