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Richmond teenager wins Indigenous sports award third year running

Scott Larden has been recognized for his lacrosse and handball achievements
Scott Larden has once again won the Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport

Richmond’s Scott Larden has once again scooped the Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport.

The field and box lacrosse player, a member of the Hwlitsum First Nation, has won the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I·SPARC) award for the last three years.

Scott, 17, who was also recognized for his handball achievements, was one of 10 outstanding athletes named as provincial recipients of the award.

In collaboration with the B.C. government, I·SPARC launched the regional nomination process for the Premier’s Awards in late 2021, receiving nominations from each of I·SPARC’s six regions (Fraser, Interior, Northeast, Northwest, Vancouver Coastal, and Vancouver Island).

Nominations were open to Indigenous athletes under the age of 25 who have competed in performance sport, demonstrated a commitment to their education and culture, and have promoted healthy and active lifestyles.

The 10 provincial recipients will receive a $500 bursary, a framed limited edition Premier's Award print, and will have their photo and biography on display in the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

“The Premier’s Awards are a celebration of Indigenous youth excellence on and off the field,” said Premier John Horgan.

“This year’s recipients have already achieved so much as leaders in their sport and as representatives for their community, but this is only the beginning. Congratulations on your accomplishment and know that I’ll be cheering you on from the sidelines.”

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