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Great Athletes from Our First Nations

First Nations

by Vincent Schilling

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edition:Paperback
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published: 2007
ISBN:9780977918300
publisher: Second Story Press
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 13
Grade:
4 to 8
Reading age:
9 to 13
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Great Athletes from our First Nations

This is a unique collection of biographies of successful Aboriginal athletes who have overcome disabilities and discriminations to achieve tremendous accomplishments in sports. Women of note are Cheri Becerra-Madsen, a paraplegic, who was the first Aboriginal American female to win a medal in the Paralympics Games, and Naomi Lang, an ice dancer, who was the first Aboriginal American female to participate in the Olympic Winter Games. There are stories of great courage and determination such as Alwyn Morris, a kayaker, whose chance to participate in the 1980 Olympic Games was ruined because of the international boycott of the Games. He went on to win gold in the 1984 Games.

Vincent Schilling is a member of the Mohawk tribe in Virginia and an amateur athlete.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2007-2008.

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Description

From Second Story’s recently launched First Nations series, Great athletes from our First Nations profiles thirteen outstanding athletes in such diverse sports as figure skating, race car driving, skiing, and bowling.Here, for young readers, are stories of how courageous and talented athletes like Shelly Hruska and Jordin Tootoo used dedication,discipline, and perseverance to achieve their goals.

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Contributor notes

Vincent Schilling's St. Regis Mohawk ancestry and his experience as a long-distance runner have been instrumental in his chronicling the lives of First Nation athletes. First-hand experience with his subject matter made it possible for Vincent to secure personal interviews with most of the sports figures featured in this book.

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Editorial Reviews

Smoothly-written and enriched with photography and sidebars that give additional information about the sport or athlete.

— Kliatt

A must-have in every school and public library, it can be used for cross-cultural education and healthy lifestyles.

— Resource Links

Smoothly-written and enriched with photography and sidebars that give additional information about the sport or athlete.

— Kliatt

A must-have in every school and public library, it can be used for cross-cultural education and healthy lifestyles.

— Resource Links
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