Lardens leaders on the field of play

By Don Fennell

Published 11:05 PDT, Mon May 10, 2021

Last Updated: 1:34 PDT, Wed May 26, 2021

Adelle and Scott Larden spend a lot of their time in the sporting arena, routinely demonstrating qualities exemplary of champions.

Not only are the two Hwlitsum First Nation members from Richmond leaders merely by their actions, but inspirations for those around them.

“More than ever, we need young people like you to give us hope,” said Melanie Mark, British Columbia’s Minister of Tourism, Arts Culture and Sport of the pair, who are among the recipients of the Vancouver Coastal regional 2020 Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sports.

Both excelling in lacrosse, 14-year-old Adelle and 16-year-old Scott were instrumental in their respective teams enjoying undefeated seasons.

Their skills are equally proficient in other sporting pursuits including judo and soccer.

Described as humble, Adelle loves listening to her elders—notably her grandfather and great uncle—share stories of her First Nation ancestry, and credits family and friends for their support in helping her achieve success in sport.

Going out of his way to help others, Scott demonstrated his commitment to his team by enduring months of rehab to return to play following ankle surgery. He hopes to play lacrosse at university.

Due to the pandemic restrictions, the regional awards celebrations could not be held this year. As a way of honouring this year’s recipients, a series of commemorative videos highlighting each of the region's athletes and celebrating their outstanding achievements was produced.

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC) is a provincial organization established with the purpose of improving the health outcomes of Indigenous people by supporting and encouraging physically active individuals, families, and communities. The programs and services delivered by I·SPARC are designed to build capacity and increase access to sport, recreation, and physical activity in First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Aboriginal Friendship Centres, schools, and other delivery agencies throughout British Columbia.

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