Lo­cal stars shined bright for our na­tion

Grand Magazine - - EDITOR IN CHIEF - MELINDA MARKS, edi­tor-in-chief mmarks@grand­magazine.ca

We are spend­ing a lot of time this sum­mer think­ing about Canada’s sesqui­cen­ten­nial. It’s a healthy ex­er­cise, as we cel­e­brate the first 150 years of our na­tion­hood. In our ju­bi­la­tion, we have taken a look back at some lo­cal peo­ple who have made a mark on big stages.

One of these peo­ple is golfer Gary Cowan, who is fea­tured in this Health and Well­ness edi­tion of Grand. Voted Canada’s best am­a­teur golfer of the 20th cen­tury, the Kitch­ener res­i­dent has cap­tured many ti­tles around the world. Also re­mark­able was Cowan’s abil­ity to bounce back after a stroke in 1997 that af­fected the right side of his body. The life­time hon­orary mem­ber of Westmount Golf and Coun­try Club used the sport he loves as a measuring stick dur­ing his re­cov­ery.

An­other high-profile ath­lete from our com­mu­nity is Cam­bridge’s Vic­to­ria Moors. After com­pet­ing at the Lon­don Olympics in 2012, the dar­ling of the Cana­dian gym­nas­tics team lost her com­pet­i­tive drive at age 17 and called it quits a year later. It hasn’t been easy but she has found her way back to the gym, coach­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of ath­letes.

On a smaller stage, belly dancer Anne Ver­mey­den is some­one who uses her phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity to help keep her over­all health in check. Her open­ness and hon­esty in re­veal­ing that she suf­fers from ob­ses­sive com­pul­sive dis­or­der is com­mend­able. She hopes shar­ing her story may help oth­ers.

After read­ing about how these tal­ented peo­ple get the most out of their phys­i­cal gifts, it’s time to cel­e­brate a lo­cal gem of a dif­fer­ent type. Ox­ford County in south­ern On­tario is the prov­ince’s dairy cap­i­tal and is be­com­ing well known for the cheese it pro­duces. We take you for a ride along The Cheese Trail and let you know about some of the best ar­ti­sanal pro­duc­ers. The Cheese Trail is a great was to spend a tasty af­ter­noon in the coun­try.

After that, you might con­sider in­dulging in a glass of rosé. Even if it is not your usual bev­er­age of choice, you may be pleas­antly sur­prised. Our wine colum­nist points you in the right di­rec­tion if you want to give it a try.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Nick Iwanyshyn has been rec­og­nized as one of Canada’s top pho­to­jour­nal­ists. His pho­tos of Leah Robin­son, which il­lus­trated a fea­ture on the Par­a­lympian sprinter in the July-Au­gust 2016 edi­tion of Grand, earned Iwanyshyn a Na­tional Mag­a­zine Award nom­i­na­tion in the Por­trait Pho­tog­ra­phy cat­e­gory.

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