2018 Tom Longboat Award Winners:
Female Aboriginal Athlete - Joy Spear Chief-Morris
Joy Spear Chief-Morris is a role model both on and off the field. She is both a multi-sport athlete and track and field champion, recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in History and minor in First Nations Studies from the University of Western Ontario, is Academic All-Canadian student athlete and is an active volunteer within the Indigenous community. “On the track she was an OUA 1st team All-star and CIS 1st team All-Canadian multiple years. She has also found time to volunteer where she is most passionate and has been an incredible role model to indigenous youth," described Vickie Croley, Head Track and Field Coach, Western University.
Male Aboriginal Athlete - James Lavallee
James Lavallee is a member of the Junior National Canoe/Kayak team, a proud Metis, loves the outdoors and is currently studying Environmental Science at the University of Manitoba. “James Lavallee demonstrates daily the positive attributes of being a leader. James quietly leads by example and speaks volumes by his actions,” explained Dave Anderson, Team Manitoba Canada Games head coach. “James has a deep respect for all aspects of his sport. As James has grown, he has become more aware of his heritage and embraced it. This self-awareness of who he is seems fitting for someone in a water sport, as his respect for the environment plays a daily role in his life.”