Hannah Morningstar brought home the bronze medal for javelin, and another bronze for her 4×400 relay team. (Jenn Petahtegoose) Hannah Morningstar is getting used to the limelight.
The 16-year-old athlete from Atikameksheng First Nation brought home two bronze medals — javelin and 4×400 relay — from the North American Indigenous Games held in Toronto last week. Sudbury’s Hannah Morningstar earned an audience with Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor by making split ash baskets. (Hannah Morningstar Facebook) Although Morningstar said the events were "nerve wracking," — she competed in front of her aunts, uncles and grandfather— it’s not the first time Morningstar has been near the centre of attention.
Earlier this year, Morningstar was recognized by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation for her vision of Canada’s future.
She was invited to be part of 10-person round table discussion about the future of Canada.
And some of her creative work— a split ash basket inspired by the two-row wampum belt— earned her an audience with Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor earlier this year. Hannah Morningstar says she was billed to compete in long-distance running at the 2014 North American Indigenous Games, but her aunts and uncles encouraged her to try javelin. She won a bronze medal in javelin that year. (Alan Longlade) As for the NAIG, Morningstar said she had to narrow her focus.
"I took javelin more seriously, especially because I’ve been throwing for three years and got bronze in 2014," she said.
"I also really pushed myself at the 4×400 to not let my teammates down."
Now that the event — and the pressure — is over, Morningstar said she’s going to rest and recharge by taking a kayaking trip to Clayoquot in British Columbia.
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