Olympic Education

Dawn Richardson Wilson

Lesson description

Dawn Richardson Wilson moved to Canada with her mother and siblings when she was only two years old. Coming from Ghana, settling into life in Edmonton was hard for all of them. But things took a turn for the worst when Dawn’s mom suddenly died. Unfortunately, her father died in Ghana the same year.

Orphaned at only six years of age, she went to live with her older brother and his wife. As she grew up, Dawn found a community in sport. She played basketball, rugby, and ultimate, while also competing at track and field. Driven and determined to succeed, Dawn matured into an exceptional athlete.

This resource teaches students to be determined. The messages to students are to never give up, to overcome hardship, and to stay focused on your goals and objectives.


Lesson instructions

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Special features

Each resource includes a teaching guide, learning activities and a story written at 3 reading levels, enabling teachers to easily adapt the lessons to students of multiple reading and achievement levels.


Learning outcomes

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to: 

  • Build skills to focus on goals and objectives;
  • Develop self-determination.

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