North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) 2014 wrestling alumni Logan Lewis has decided to try his hand at archery this time around.
The athletically inclined 19-year-old from Prince Edward Island, finished fifth three years ago at the Games in Manitoba and will be bearing the bow and arrow at the Toronto 2017 NAIG. Motivated by the opportunity to develop as an athlete and acquire new skills, he has dabbled in several sports over the years.
“I have always been active in sports in one way or another,” said Lewis. “I’ve spent most of my life as an athlete in judo, and I played hockey in my younger years. No matter what sport it was I was always willing to learn and grow.”
Lewis says the greatest part of his athletic career has not been any of the times he conquered an opponent or won a medal, but it has been his tenacious spirt that has kept him in the competition arena his entire life.
“My biggest highlight would be the fact that I never really gave up in a sport,” said Lewis. “The big thing is to just keep moving forward when you get challenged.”
Deeply involved in his Lennox Island Indigenous community, Lewis believes that staying connected with your culture and living an active and healthy lifestyle, is in an integral to living a balanced life.
“Being healthy is a way of life,” said Lewis. “When I’m not playing sports I’m still being active as a dancer performing at powwows. Being active is important.”
Now competing at his second NAIG, Lewis says he is fortunate to have had good role models and hopes to be a leader to younger athletes, showing them that anything is possible if they keep trying and stay focused on their dreams.
“Role models have helped me look at the bigger picture,” said Lewis. “They have helped me realize that there is never something that is impossible, because what you look at as impossible, in most cases somebody else has already accomplished.”