Jillian Weir, 29
Bronze medal, 2022 Commonwealth Games
“Everyone likes feeling fast,” says Jillian Weir, this year’s silver medallist in the hammer throw at nacac (North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships). Weir, along with her mother, is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte in Tyendinaga Territory near Belleville, Ont. (though she grew up in Alberta), and when she went to Tokyo in 2021, she became the first Mohawk to compete for Canada in athletics at an Olympic Games.
Throwing a 4-kg metal ball attached to a steel wire while remaining in a 2-metre circle requires power, speed and control, and Weir acquires some of that explosive speed from powering through hill sprints.
“For four to eight weeks, this is my fall running program,” says Weir. The world-class hammer thrower says she may dabble with road running after she hangs up the hammer: “I would probably enjoy going for a run—maybe push myself in a different way.”
Weir is the daughter of Robert Weir, who made three podiums at the Commonwealth Games: gold in the hammer throw in 1982, gold in the discus in 1998 and bronze in the discus in 2002.