Dawn Richardson Wilson

Sport:Bobsleigh
Position:Brakeman
Height:178cm
Weight:61kg
Birth Date:Sep. 26, 1999 (age 20)
Birth Place:Accra, GHA
Instagram:@Just_dawn98

Dawn’s journey into bobsleigh all began when she was having a conversation with her lifelong friend, Dean Walls, who just happens to be her mentor, as well as her high school basketball coach. 

He drew her attention to an open recruitment camp for bobsleigh that was taking place in Edmonton. Immediately, Dawn began training with her strength and conditioning coach, Alex Tonsi, who had been helping her since Grade 10 when she first started Olympic weightlifting.

Dawn comes from a variety of sport backgrounds: rugby, track and field, ultimate frisbee; but bobsleigh is a completely new direction for her. To her surprise, it actually had very similar properties to the other sports that she immediately fell in love with – team work, strength training, technicality and speed. 

Nervous heading into her first camp, the rest is history. Dawn is now chasing her Olympic dreams in bobsleigh.

While her focus is on sport, she is currently working towards a degree in Sociology (major) with a criminology stream and a psychology minor. Her ultimate goal when her sporting days are behind her is to be a part of the RCMP. She has never wavered from that goal.

Outside of sport, Dawn loves to stay very active during the summer months. She takes part in ultimate frisbee alongside her team “The Undiscovered” (pun- intended) which is one of the many highlights of her summer. She also tries to spend as much of my time outdoors because when you’re from a place that winter is not your main season, you treasure the sun. She loves to cook, which is also a creative outlet for her. 

Did You Know…

Dawn’s heroes in life are her family and friends that each share a special trait and characteristic that she not only admires but looks up to. They help her to grow and be a better version of herself. They are not scared to be upright and honest with her. Dawn considers herself the ultimate board game supplier. She enjoys working with her hands – be it cooking or building a bench or a birdhouse from scratch.

Career Highlights

Finished First Place Overall in 2019 North America’s Cup
2019 – North America’s Cup, Whistler, CAN: 6
2019 – North America’s Cup, Calgary, CAN: 2, 1
2018 – North America’s Cup, Park City, USA: 6, 6
2018 – North America’s Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 3, 5