Canadian Olympian Hughes stopping in Truro on cross-Canada tour

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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TRURO – One of Canada’s most decorated Olympians will be visiting the Hubtown Monday.

Clara Hughes is stopping at Colchester Legion Stadium as part of her Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk tour. The public is invited to take part in a free family skate with Hughes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. after Hughes makes a speech.

She is scheduled to arrive at the stadium at 6 p.m.

Hughes, a 41-year-old Winnipeg native, is stopping in 95 communities while biking 12,000km across Canada as part of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative to create awareness and end the stigma attached to mental illnesses. Hughes, who suffered from depression, has been an ambassador for the movement for the past several years.

Hughes’ stop in Truro is sandwiched between visits to Charlottetown and Halifax. Hughes started the tour in Toronto on March 14 and is scheduled to wrap up July 1 in Ottawa.

Hughes is tied with speed skater Cindy Klassen for tops among all Canadian Olympic medalists with six. She has a pair of bronze medals as a cyclist and four medals (one gold, one silver and two bronze) as a speed skater. She is the only Canadian to have won medals in both the summer and winter Olympics.

Organizations: Bell

Geographic location: Colchester Legion Stadium, Winnipeg, Canada Truro Charlottetown Halifax Toronto Ottawa

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