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Sports Gallery

Select the sport icons below to learn about Indigenous athletes, teams and organizations that have impacted BC sport heritage.

Baseball & Softball
Riding Horse

Boxingkwíltnyway (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim) / c̓uqst̓ał (Nuu-chah-nulth) / teqatw̓ácw (St̕át̕imc)

Over the years, British Columbia has produced many accomplished Indigenous boxers, some of which learned the sport while attending Residential Schools. With the rising popularity of amateur boxing in the 1950s and 1960s, all-Indigenous events, like the Buckskin Gloves, gave youth positive experiences in sport and an opportunity to be proud of their culture. Boxer Roger Adolph would go on to become a leader in his community, crediting the skills he attained through sport as integral to his success after surviving Residential School.

Pat Alec
Xaxli’p First Nation

Growing up in Lillooet, Pat Alec is from the Xaxli’p First Nation. Throughout his childhood, Pat competed in basketball, hockey, baseball, soccer, and lacrosse, being introduced to muay thai at the age of 25. Competing in the Lower Mainland and traveling to Thailand to refine his skills, Pat became the BC champion in the 147-lb welterweight division. Pat views sport as a form of self-expression, and a gateway to self-identity, a perspective which inspired him to start organizing shows and mentorships with local youth in hopes of developing their confidence and self-discipline. Pat used the skills he developed in sport to pursue break dancing, allowing him to travel across Canada and perform alongside Snotty Nose Rex Kids at the Polaris Music Awards.

Studying Interactive Design at Capilano University and earning an Aboriginal Management Certificate through UBC Sauder School of Business, he pursued a career in web design and communications in Indigenous communities. Pat currently works as a stunt performer and actor, working on Avatar: The Last Airbender, Little Bird, and Bones of Crows.

Pat Alec
Alex Strain
Roger Adolph
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