Fifteen-year-old Brooklyn Wolfrey from Rigolet returned to her community to cheers, sirens, posters and a parade on Tuesday.
The young athlete won four gold medals and three bronze at the World Dwarf Games, held in Cologne, Germany from July 28 to Aug. 5. An estimated 500 athletes from over 20 countries competed, according to the World Dwarf Games.
Wolfrey said it was different competing against others who also have dwarfism.
“It was pretty exciting. It was cool to see other people like me and it was cool to go overseas,” Wolfrey said. “When you’re playing against someone that’s average height, there’s a lot of disadvantages for yourself, but when you were there, it was all equal.”
Wolfrey competed in badminton, soccer, running, table tennis, basketball and swimming.
Wolfrey won gold in badminton singles and badminton doubles with partner Colleen Coletta and gold in the 60 metre and 100 metre races. She won a bronze in the 25 metre backstroke, and in the team competitions of basketball and soccer.
“It was cool to see everyone cheering for me,” Wolfrey said about standing on the podium.
When Wolfrey arrived home, dozens of people in Rigolet were waiting for her with signs. The community held a parade to take her around town and celebrate her achievements. Wolfrey said she didn’t expect the surprise welcome.
“I had no clue that it was happening,” Wolfrey said. “It means a lot.”
Wolfrey isn’t sure what’s next in her athletic career after returning home from worlds and competing at the North American Indigenous Games, but said badminton is her favourite sport.
“I play a lot of badminton and it’s something that’s common where I live and I train a lot, so that’s what I’m good at,” she said.
Wolfrey hopes to see more young people chasing their dreams.
“I say go for what you dream for, and if people say something, don’t listen to them.”
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