Monica Pinette

Known as the only Aboriginal athlete at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic games, Ms. Pinette helped raise the profile of the pentathlon in Canada. A pentathlete must excel in five disciplines which include pistol shooting, epee fencing, 200 m freestyle swimming, show jumping and a 3 km cross-country run. Ms. Pinette was also the first Canadian female to ever qualify for the Olympics in the pentathlon.

In order to show people how Ms. Pinette prepares herself as an elite Olympic athlete, she agreed to do a documentary called The Journey – her journey to the Beijing Olympics. It motivated her to devote more time mentoring other young women in the sport and helping coach the Canadian Juniors to the World Championships in Taiwan.