Algoma University and the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Athletics Program are pleased to announce that Miisheen-Meegwun Shawanda has joined the wrestling team for the 2017-18 season.
“Miisheen is a local graduate from White Pines and a member of the Algoma Wrestling Club,” said Trevor Manchester, Head Coach of the Algoma wrestling team. “On the mat, his speed when attacking is exceptional, and his defense has been steadily improving. As a member for Team Ontario at the North American Games, he will continue to train with the Algoma Wrestling Club for the summer and will showcase his improvement for the Thunderbird’s next year.”
From Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and standing at 5’10”, Shawanda will be competing at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Toronto in the 76-kilogram weight class this summer. He is a two-time NOSSA gold medalist (2015 and 2016), and a bronze medalist in the Mat Man Classic (2014). Shawanda is a member of the Algoma Wrestling Club and also wrestles with his high school, White Pines Collegiate and Vocational School.
Outside of wrestling, Shawanda is a subsistence hunter and a First Nations youth mentor and educator. He works hard to demonstrate that other First Nations youth can be active members in their community, post-secondary education, and in high-calibre sport.
He will be studying in Algoma U’s three-year Bachelor of Art in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway) program.
“I chose to attend Algoma and join the Thunderbirds because of how supporting the environment is at the school. I am already familiar with some staff, and the layout of the campus and everyone is very inviting or always greeting me when I pass through. I wanted to choose a university that supported not only my academics, but my athletic career in addition. I am very excited to take the Anishinaabemowin language program as it has always been my goal to speak fluently in my own language, and be able to teach my own people our first language. I am already a member of the Algoma Wrestling Club and have been helped and coached by Mr. Manchester all the way through my high school career, but now I am even more excited to have him as a university coach and compete at a higher level of competition,” said Shawanda.
Source: Algoma U Athletics