Waneek Horn-Miller. Water Polo
Series: Chiefs and Champions
Waneek Horn-Miller was a member of the Canadian Women's Water Polo team that won gold at the 1999 Pan Am Games. Voted MVP, Waneek became co-captain and led her team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Only ten years earlier, at age 14, she was struck to the ground by a soldier's bayonet during the Oka Crisis. Despite the fear and anger that plagued her afterwards, she chose to re-enter the outside world through sports. Not afraid of much, Waneek even took on Water Polo Canada when she was unexpectedly cut from the team after Sydney. She discusses the stereotypes Aboriginal athletes face and the guidance given to her by fellow Olympian Alwyn Morris. Following his advice, Waneek shares her achievements in hopes of inspiring others to reach for their dreams.