Indigenous Olympians bring home the medals
An unprecedented number of Indigenous athletes participated in the Tokyo Games for their nations and their communities
August 20, 2021
A Tokyo Olympics gold medalist wrote a message to herself recently on Facebook.
“Dear Younger Self,” wrote Tyla Nathan-Wong, Ngāpuhi, a member of New Zealand’s gold-medal women’s rugby team. “If only you could believe and see what you have achieved in your lifetime. That dream of making it to the Olympics and winning gold, well that very dream comes true.”
She posted a photo collage of herself with her gold medal and another of when she was young, with the Olympic rings behind them.