Jillian Weir, Indigenous Olympian
(b. 2.9.1993), Sport: Women's Hammer throw, 2014- 2015 All-American in Track and Field
Last updated 10/4/2021 at 11:01am
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics--celebrated in 2021 because of concerns for further spread of the COVID-19 Virus and Delta variant-can boast of the highest number of Indigenous participants than in any other Olympiad.
From only three Indigenous athletes in the 2016 Rio Olympics, fifty such athletes headed to Japan to compete in the Tokyo 2020 games-the most ever selected in Olympic history. Sixteen participants hail from Australia alone, thirty-three from New Zealand, several are Native Hawaiian, and one is Tahitian.
To date, out of its numerous Indigenous peoples, only one such athlete hails from...