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Photos: Graeme Carswell’s spirit lives on in sports community

SDSS alumni tournament along with soccer and field hockey bursaries are done in memory of 21-year-old standout athlete who lost his life in a fishing accident back in 2016

Graeme Carswell touched the lives of many and that was evident on a Saturday afternoon at the South Delta Secondary School oval last month.

It was in February 2016 when Carswell lost his life in a tragic fishing accident on the Chilliwack River. He was just 21. It didn't take long for the community to find ways to honour the SDSS graduate and national level field hockey standout.

The Sun Devils soccer program, led by long-time coaches Stephen Burns and Brent Sweeney, created an alumni game that year with all proceeds going to the Graeme Carswell Follow Your Dreams Bursary Award. Following a two-year pause due to the pandemic, the tournament resumed last month for an afternoon of soccer fun, followed by a social with some impressive raffle prizes at the Rose and Crown.

This year’s award winner is Jackson MacCubbin Lowrey who will be continuing his soccer career at UBC Okanagan this fall. He was presented the scholarship by Kathleen and Kim Carswell, Graeme’s parents.

“We appreciate all those who help put this together and to the 33 teammates and all our friends who came out to remember Graeme and to show their support,” said Kathleen.

The other Graeme Carswell Award is done through the Falcons Field Hockey Club. This year’s recipients are Sophia Schalling and Natalie Anderson. They were also presented with their awards by the Carswells.

“Graeme loved and played many sports but he chose field hockey to further his skills and made it to the Junior National level with passion, spirit and determination,” added Kathleen.