Sport Successes

Sport Successes

In the world of canoe-kayak sprint, Alwyn Morris’s first major accomplishment was winning the Canadian National Junior Championships in 1975. This was a sign of great things to come as between 1980 and 1984 he won six consecutive Canadian Championships. Over the course of his career, he would medal at many World Championships winning a Silver medal in 1982 and a Bronze medal in 1983 and make history at the 1984 Olympic Games by becoming the first Indigenous athlete to win a Gold Medal representing Canada.

The Bronze Medal won by Alwyn Morris in the K-2 500m event at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Courtesy of Alwyn Morris.

Alwyn is known for his extensive work in support of Indigenous communities.

Alwyn Morris supporting a fundraising event at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
Courtesy of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Having the vision to create sports programs that would empower Indigenous athletes and youth, Alwyn helped create the Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC) in 1995. The ASC supports the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples and communities through participation in sport, physical activity, and recreation. He has also worked extensively with Health and Welfare Canada’s Native Drug Abuse program.

Alwyn Morris is one of few athletes to win the Tom Longboat Award twice. He accomplished this in 1977 and 1984. Courtesy of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Courtesy of Aboriginal Sport Circle

In 1977 and 1984, Alwyn Morris won the Tom Longboat Award, which recognizes Indigenous athletes’ outstanding contributions to sports.