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1 Cree Nation Achievement Awards Gala 2012 Cree Nation Achievement Awards Gala 2012

2 Since retiring from a 14 year Professional hockey career, Brant has focused much of his time & effort on his education Since retiring from a 14 year Professional hockey career, Brant has focused much of his time & effort on his education With a clear understanding & respect of the importance education plays in life, Brant successfully completed his Business degree in April 2012 With a clear understanding & respect of the importance education plays in life, Brant successfully completed his Business degree in April 2012 Brant is the President of the Cree Nation Sports Academy Brant is the President of the Cree Nation Sports Academy Brant Blackned President, Cree Nation Sports Academy

3 He will not only serve as President, but also as a mentor & a role model to all of the Cree children that get the opportunity to participate He will not only serve as President, but also as a mentor & a role model to all of the Cree children that get the opportunity to participate He is very motivated & excited to continue making a positive impact on the Youth of the Cree Nation He is very motivated & excited to continue making a positive impact on the Youth of the Cree Nation Brant Blackned President, Cree Nation Sports Academy Please welcome Brant Blackned to present the Sports Excellence Awards

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8 This young man excels in his sport, hockey This young man excels in his sport, hockey This summer he made his 3rd trip to Europe playing for Team Canada Selects for the Under-16s in Salzsburg, Austria This summer he made his 3rd trip to Europe playing for Team Canada Selects for the Under-16s in Salzsburg, Austria He first showed great interest in competitive hockey in Montreal playing in the Atom division He first showed great interest in competitive hockey in Montreal playing in the Atom division He made the BB Atom team the following year He made the BB Atom team the following year Sports Excellence Award Age 13-17

9 Thereafter he played Pee Wee AA for 2 years Thereafter he played Pee Wee AA for 2 years He moved up to Bantam AA playing in countless tournaments across Eastern Canada He moved up to Bantam AA playing in countless tournaments across Eastern Canada During these tournaments he received plenty of attention from other teams, one of them being the Scranton-Wilkes/Barre Jr Knights, Pennsylvania, USA During these tournaments he received plenty of attention from other teams, one of them being the Scranton-Wilkes/Barre Jr Knights, Pennsylvania, USA He moved with his parents to Pennsylvania, a choice they would not regret He moved with his parents to Pennsylvania, a choice they would not regret Sports Excellence Award Age 13-17

10 The team players came from Canada, USA, Russia, Holland & Ukraine. They had an impressive record of (W-L-T) qualifying them for the National Championships Under-14 Elite Division in Buffalo, NY The team players came from Canada, USA, Russia, Holland & Ukraine. They had an impressive record of (W-L-T) qualifying them for the National Championships Under-14 Elite Division in Buffalo, NY The team won the tournament, taking home the championship The team won the tournament, taking home the championship It was a proud moment when all of the players displayed their countries flags, his flag was that of the Cree Nation of Mistissini It was a proud moment when all of the players displayed their countries flags, his flag was that of the Cree Nation of Mistissini Sports Excellence Award Age 13-17

11 He came back home to play in the Canada Cup in Ottawa with the Cree Nation Bears He came back home to play in the Canada Cup in Ottawa with the Cree Nation Bears This year he has been invited to play in Midget AAA in Oakville, Ontario & began training in June This year he has been invited to play in Midget AAA in Oakville, Ontario & began training in June For a young man, his resume already includes championships ranging from regional, national & international tournaments For a young man, his resume already includes championships ranging from regional, national & international tournaments Sports Excellence Award Age 13-17

12 He has been scouted & mentioned in many scouting news articles in USA Hockey, Scouting News & Prospect News He has been scouted & mentioned in many scouting news articles in USA Hockey, Scouting News & Prospect News He has played in every major city across the Northeastern US & Canada, as well as in Europe He has played in every major city across the Northeastern US & Canada, as well as in Europe When all young athletes dream of playing in the NHL, his biggest dream is to play for Team Canada in the World Juniors When all young athletes dream of playing in the NHL, his biggest dream is to play for Team Canada in the World Juniors Sports Excellence Award Age 13-17

13 The Cree Nation Achievement Awards 2012 Sports Excellence Award Age 13-17

14 The Cree Nation Achievement Awards 2012 Sports Excellence Award Age Cody Petawabano

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25 On his 5 th birthday, his parents bought him his first motocross bike On his 5 th birthday, his parents bought him his first motocross bike At age 6, he won his first championship in a local event when he placed first in the PeeWee class of 500cc racers At age 6, he won his first championship in a local event when he placed first in the PeeWee class of 500cc racers He quickly developed as a rider & started winning championships in the amateur classes He quickly developed as a rider & started winning championships in the amateur classes At the age of 15 he became one of the youngest riders to turn pro in Canada At the age of 15 he became one of the youngest riders to turn pro in Canada Sports Excellence Award Age 18-30

26 He also took a different path to compete in Snow-cross He also took a different path to compete in Snow-cross In his first year racing snow-cross he won both semi-pro stock & open class In his first year racing snow-cross he won both semi-pro stock & open class In 2004 he registered in the Semi-Pro class. He was ranked second in the Open 800cc class & third in the Stock 440cc class. That year he won the Rookie of the Year award In 2004 he registered in the Semi-Pro class. He was ranked second in the Open 800cc class & third in the Stock 440cc class. That year he won the Rookie of the Year award Sports Excellence Award Age 18-30

27 In 2007 he attended the Canadian national circuit in the MX-2 class & finished 16 th overall among the best Canadian & American racers In 2007 he attended the Canadian national circuit in the MX-2 class & finished 16 th overall among the best Canadian & American racers He signed a contract with Warnert Racing team to race snow-cross in the World Snow-Cross Association of USA He signed a contract with Warnert Racing team to race snow-cross in the World Snow-Cross Association of USA He finished 2 nd overall in the sport class amongst the best in the world He finished 2 nd overall in the sport class amongst the best in the world Sports Excellence Award Age 18-30

28 In 2012 his plans were to compete in a few selected regionals & provincials & the 2012 East Coast Canadian Nationals In 2012 his plans were to compete in a few selected regionals & provincials & the 2012 East Coast Canadian Nationals After dominating a few regional events he is now focused to compete in the last 4 Canadian Nationals After dominating a few regional events he is now focused to compete in the last 4 Canadian Nationals At the age of 23, he is the only Aboriginal competing at a professional level & works to achieve his dream to be a Canadian National Champion At the age of 23, he is the only Aboriginal competing at a professional level & works to achieve his dream to be a Canadian National Champion Sports Excellence Award Age 18-30

29 A highlight of his racing career was his promotion, last Fall, to the Professional category to compete at the Montreal Olympic Stadium in front of 55,000 spectators A highlight of his racing career was his promotion, last Fall, to the Professional category to compete at the Montreal Olympic Stadium in front of 55,000 spectators In his qualifying run he raced against 100 riders with only 25 spots in the finals In his qualifying run he raced against 100 riders with only 25 spots in the finals He qualified & moved to the finals He qualified & moved to the finals He competed in style & finished in 14 th place He competed in style & finished in 14 th place Sports Excellence Award Age 18-30

30 A summary of his achievements: A summary of his achievements: Competed at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals in Nashville TN & finished 21 st Competed at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals in Nashville TN & finished 21 st Competed at the Florida winter series & finished 10th in the 85cc class Competed at the Florida winter series & finished 10th in the 85cc class CMRC Quebec Champion 85cc CMRC Quebec Champion 85cc CMRC Quebec Champion 125cc Junior & Super-mini 105cc CMRC Quebec Champion 125cc Junior & Super-mini 105cc Sports Excellence Award Age 18-30

31 Competed at the Montreal Olympic Stadium & Toronto Skydome & ranked 14 th & 16 th respectively, in the Professional 125cc class Competed at the Montreal Olympic Stadium & Toronto Skydome & ranked 14 th & 16 th respectively, in the Professional 125cc class Competed at the Canadian Amateur Nationals in Walton Ontario & ranked 4 th in the Intermediate 125cc class Competed at the Canadian Amateur Nationals in Walton Ontario & ranked 4 th in the Intermediate 125cc class CMRC Quebec Champion 250cc Intermediate class CMRC Quebec Champion 250cc Intermediate class Sports Excellence Award Age 18-30

32 He says: As long as I am racing I want to be a role model for Aboriginal youth & an ambassador for the Aboriginal peoples of Canada & the U.S. and, of course, I want to continue my education through College & University.As long as I am racing I want to be a role model for Aboriginal youth & an ambassador for the Aboriginal peoples of Canada & the U.S. and, of course, I want to continue my education through College & University. Sports Excellence Award Age 18-30

33 The Cree Nation Achievement Awards 2012 Sports Excellence Award Age 18-30

34 The Cree Nation Achievement Awards 2012 Sports Excellence Award Age Nathaniel Bosum

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47 This Hockey player had a Professional Hockey Career from 1995 to 2009 playing in the following places: This Hockey player had a Professional Hockey Career from 1995 to 2009 playing in the following places: St. Georges, QuebecQuebec, Quebec Muskegon, MichiganTupelo, Mississippi Rockford, IllinoisThunder Bay, Ontario Erie, Pennsylvania He played over 70 games competitively each year He played over 70 games competitively each year Sports Excellence Award Age 31-60

48 The Cree Nation Achievement Awards 2012 Sports Excellence Award Age 31-60

49 The Cree Nation Achievement Awards 2012 Sports Excellence Award Age Brant Blackned

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