Waneek Horn-Miller proudly bears her Mohawk heritage like a medal of honour alongside the numerous medals she has won for her athletic achievements. Born in Kahnawake in Quebec, Ms. Horn-Miller is a champion swimmer and co-captain of Canada’s Women’s National Water Polo team. She started swimming competitively at the age of seven and competed between 1982 and 1997. She was an Ontario Age-Group Champion in 1989 and won 20 gold medals at the Indigenous Games between 1990 and 1997 including one for rifle-shooting. In 1991, she participated in the Sacred Run Canada, a trek that stretched from Victoria, British Columbia to Kahnawake, Quebec. She joined the Sacred Run North America the next year, logging many miles on the Fairbanks, Alaska to Santa Fe, New Mexico route. Ms. Horn-Miller started playing water polo in high school in Ottawa in 1989 and made the All-Star teams for both Junior and Senior Women from 1991 to 1999. She was voted Most Valuable Player of the Canadian Senior Women’s water polo national championships in 1999. Her team placed in the top six in three FINA World Aquatic Championship Tournaments and won the Gold Medal at the 1999 Pan-American Games. Ms. Horn-Miller recently graduated from Carlton University with a degree in political science and will proudly lead Canada’s Olympic team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.