Stoked to see this story picked up in the Whistler Question this week. Props to Quinn Sam-Finlay on being recognized for excellence in soccer and basketball.
Quinn was awarded two Premier’s Award last month, for Aboriginal Youth Excellence, in both Basketball and Soccer categories.
“I am very proud of Quinn. He’s a great player who loves those games and very talented all-around athlete,” said Háma7 Alphonse Wallace, Recreation Coordinator. “He’s amazing.”
Líl̓wat Nation also congratulates St’at’imc Nation youth Jaiden Terry, 14 (Lacrosse and Hockey) Malia Terry, 18, (Lacrosse) and all of the exceptional First Nations youth being recognized for these awards.
“I hope Quinn’s wins inspire other youth to come out and get involved in sports,” said Háma7. “Playing sports is good for your body, mind and your spirit. It’ social and you learn life skills. And you’ll make new friendships along the way, too.”
Quinn is recognized through the award as one of the top Aboriginal youth athletes in the Vancouver Coastal region. He is now in the running for a Provincial Award, which will be announced in February 2018.
Read the full story in the Question, here.
Mount Currie’s Quinn Sam-Finlay was busy preparing for one of the most important weeks of his athletic career when he got a phone call with some well-timed good news.
The 15-year old Pemberton Secondary student and member of Lil’wat Nation was packing for a trip to a college soccer scouting camp in California when he found out he was named as one of the eight Vancouver Coastal region recipients of this year’s Premier’s Award for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport. He earned the award for his achievements in both soccer and basketball.
“My grandma was the one who put all of the information in. I was really (surprised) and I was honoured to get the award,” he said. “It was amazing. My heart was warmed a lot. It’s like all of the hard work I’ve put in has paid off.”
The award caps off a winning year for Sam-Finlay, who also earned a gold medal representing Team BC for basketball at the North American Indigenous Games, held in Toronto in July.
Currently, he manages a busy schedule balancing the two sports he’s most passionate about. He practices with the Pemberton Secondary School basketball team Mondays and Wednesday evenings, in between driving down to the city for soccer practice with his metro club team on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
And as for the scouting camp? “It went really well,” Sam-Finlay said. “I’m really excited. I want to play college soccer in the United States, and I want to go pro really bad, so yeah, (receiving the award helps). I was talking to my parents about it and they were saying that it’s nice (for coaches) to see the awards I get and what I do for my community.”