Olivia Lounsbury is a 5-9 guard for the Camosun College Chargers women's basketball team. (Submitted photo/Olivia Lounsbury)

Tahltan athlete recognized with provincial award

Olivia Lounsbury plays for the Camosun College Chargers women’s basketball team

A young Tahltan athlete has been recognized with a prestigious award for her sporting excellence.

Olivia Lounsbury, 18, was one of 10 athletes to win a 2020 provincial Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport, presented by the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I-SPARC).

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the endless opportunities given to me by I-SPARC, my family and of course my band, Tahltan Nation,” Lounsbury said in her pre-recorded acceptance speech on Oct. 20.

“I’m so excited for my journey to continue and not only to grow as an athlete but also in my culture.”

Lounsbury is a multi-sport standout who has competed in basketball, volleyball, soccer, track and field, swimming and badminton.

Listed as a 5-9 guard, Lounsbury is preparing for her first basketball season for the Camosun College Chargers in Victoria, where she is enrolled in the nursing program.

The award recognizes the top nominees from the 30 regional winners announced earlier this year for competing in high performance sport while demonstrating a commitment to education and culture, while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.

The 10 athletes will photos and biographies on display at the BC Sports Hall of Fame this year.

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A winner of a Fraser Valley regional premier’s award, Lounsbury was born in Chilliwack and has lived in Williams Lake, Dease Lake and several Indigenous communities. She attended high school at Unity Christian in Chilliwack.

— With files from Eric Welsh