Canadian sports heroes to honour for the country’s 150th birthday – Global News

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June 16, 2017

Persistence. Endurance. And the will to triumph over adversity.

But adversity, of course, comes in many forms. And many who’ve faced it aren’t always the first who come to mind when listing Canada’s greatest athletes.

Tom Longboat was one of the world’s most celebrated athletes prior to the First World War, according to The Canadian Encyclopedia.

A member of the Onondaga people, he was born at Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation Reserve near Brantford, Ont., in 1887.

He trained for races in unconventional ways, running on the roads of his reserve or into cities such as Burlington and Hamilton, and carefully observing rest and recovery.

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