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Student athlete navigating the waters of success – UM Today
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October 9, 2018 —
Since summer 2017, kayaking superstar – and current University of Manitoba student – James Lavallée has shown no signs of slowing down. The 21-year-old Métis science student won three medals for Team Manitoba at the 2017 Canada Summer Games, was named one of CBC Manitoba’s Future 40 finalists and received the Tom Longboat Award as the top male Indigenous athlete in Canada.
Most recently, Lavallée was named a 2019 Indspire Award recipient. Indspire supports and celebrates Indigenous education and achievement, highlighting Indigenous leaders in Canada. Lavallée, along with 11 other First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, will receive his award at a nationally broadcast ceremony in February.
UM Today sat down with Lavallée to discuss his latest accomplishment and what the future holds in store for him.