Thursday, February 10, 2011

Inspiring 16 year old recognized for spearheading lacrosse camp

It was a room full of 400 of Ottawa’s best sportspeople and Noah Hoselton was one of the youngest there, but the Grade 11 South Carleton High School student stood out as a role model nonetheless at the Ottawa Sports Awards dinner on Jan. 19 at Algonquin College.
Inspired by a Youtube video that suggested involvement in sport could help reduce the alarming suicide rate of youths in the north, Hoselton received a “special recognition of athletic achievement” award for spearheading a lacrosse camp in Nunavut.
“I didn’t do the Iqaluit thing for publicity or anything. I just did it because I thought it was the right thing to do,” emphasizes Hoselton, who frequently reflects on the trip he made last August to Nunavut. “Considering that it was such a huge idea at first and that it actually wound up coming true, I thought that was the amazing part.”
With help from his father who had contacts in the region through his graphic design company as well as National Lacrosse League players from ProStar Lacrosse, the camp that featured 25 kids from age 6-15 came together quite quickly.
Hoselton also arranged for equipment to be donated from his Nepean Knights club as well as the NLL’s Washington Stealth so the youngsters would be able to keep playing after they left.

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