May 20 2014 ISN – This weekend on May 23-25, 2014, in Nanaimo BC, the 1st Annual Nations Coming Together Soccer Tournament is pleased to announce our 2014 Tournament Ambassador – Erralyn Thomas.
Erralyn will be present throughout the tournament, connecting with children and youth teams and presenting final awards/prizes on Sunday May 25, 2014.
Erralyn Thomas is 28 years young from Snuneymuxw First Nation. She played numerous sports while attending high-school eventually leading her to a Division 1 women’s lacrosse scholarship to attend Niagara University in New York. Here she studied toward her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Erralyn also later competed in the 2009 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Czech Republic as a member of the Haudenosaunee Women’s National Team. In May, 2013, she graduated Law School at University of British Columbia.
Erralyn affirms that being an athlete instilled many athletic principles within her such as being a fair team player, discipline, determination and leadership. These principles as well as family, Snuneymuxw and Elders have helped her to achieve her dreams. She imparts, “with a strong mind, knowing who you are and where you come from, mentors and holding unwavering belief in yourself, you can achieve anything you put your mind to.”
Now, Erralyn appreciates a career in law and politics. She is an elected Councillor for Snuneymuxw First Nation, the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations Female Youth Representative, a Gen7 Messenger Aboriginal Role Model for Motivate Canada, and completing her articling with a law firm to receive her certificate to practice law.
The goal in life now, Erralyn says, is to “enjoy life, pay it forward and give back to the communities that have given so much to me. “
Thank you Erralyn for supporting the 2014 1st Annual Nations Coming Together Soccer Tournament.