Nine-year-old Brooklyn Wolfrey following her gold-medal swim at the 2017 World Dwarf in Guelph, Ont.
RIGOLET, NL — Nine-year-old Brooklyn Wolfrey of Rigolet was having the time of her life winning medals at the 2017 World Dwarf in Guelph, Ont.
As of the morning of Aug.10, Brooklyn had won a gold in swimming and had helped Canada win gold in floor hockey in a final game against the United States.
Brooklyn also placed fourth in badminton in both singles and paired up with Newfoundland and Labrador’s only other athlete Nicholas Quinn of Paradise in doubles.
Brooklyn is a little person with lots of heart.
Charlotte Wolfrey, grandmother
Touted as the largest sporting event in history held exclusively for athletes with dwarfism, the games – held at the University of Guelph — took place from Aug. 4-12.
Athletes from around the world compete in swimming, track and field, badminton, archery, volleyball, basketball, soccer, floor hockey, table tennis and other sporting events.
“I did swimming, floor hockey, badminton, track and field,” an enthusiastic Brooklyn said when contacted by phone last week.
The games are organized by age divisions ranging from Futures division, for those under six years of age, to the Masters division, for athletes over 35 years of age.
By the time the events started, Brooklyn had already made a name for herself by performing a drum dance at the opening ceremonies.
Brooklyn’s mother Desiree — who is among Brooklyn’s family members at the Games — said, because her daughter is the only person with dwarfism in Rigolet, life can be difficult for her. However, she has many friends and support in the community, according to her mother.
“I just got a message that they just announced at the Rigolet Salmon Festival that Brooklyn got a gold (medal) and everybody cheered,” Desiree said.
Support for Brooklyn was also evident prior to the Games when family and friends raised over $4,000 for Brooklyn’s trip.
“We sold tickets to people in Goose Bay and all over Labrador, not just in Rigolet,” she said. “And we’d like to say thank-you to everyone who supported Brooklyn.”
The family is also grateful to Para-sport NL and Para-sport Swim Training for the support provided to Brooklyn.
“Brooklyn is impressing everyone a lot here,” Desiree said.
Brooklyn’s grandmother Charlotte Wolfrey is also attending the Games. Charlotte described Brooklyn as a feisty child who loves sports and always tries to do the best she can.
Brooklyn normally swims in a lake, said the child’s grandmother.
“When her mom signed her up for swimming she signed her up in the category to use a floater, but by the time she went to Guelph she could swim,” the grandmother said. “She still had to compete with a floater and she won gold.”
Charlotte sums up well what her granddaughter has proven while competing in her first ever World Dwarf Games.
“Brooklyn is a little person with lots of heart,” she said.
When asked what she likes most about the Games, Brooklyn didn’t hesitate before answering.
“I’m just having fun,” she said.
Visit www.worlddwarfgames2017.org for more information on the games.