Cana­dian Olympian to Speak at Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Len­noxville

Clara Hughes, one of Canada’s most suc­cess­ful Olympians, will speak at Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity as part of the Don­ald Lec­ture Se­ries on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 26 at 7:00 pm in Cen­ten­nial The­atre.

A world-class speed skater and cy­clist, Ms. Hughes is the only ath­lete in his­tory to have won mul­ti­ple medals at both the Win­ter and Sum­mer Olympic games. She earned two bronze medals in cy­cling at the 1996 At­lanta Olympic Games and a fur­ther four medals in speed skat­ing over the course of three Olympics, in­clud­ing a gold medal in the 5000m event at the 2006 Turin Win­ter Olympics. Most re­cently, she was named Canada’s flag bearer at the 2010 Van­cou­ver Win­ter Olympics and went on to win the bronze medal in the 5000m speed skate.

“We are very pleased to pro­vide this op­por­tu­nity to our stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff and the com­mu­nity to lis­ten to and in­ter­act with a truly re­mark­able Cana­dian,” said Michael Gold­bloom, Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity Prin­ci­pal and Vice-Chan­cel­lor. “Her de­ter­mi­na­tion in ath­letic com­pe­ti­tion is un­par­al­leled, as is her com­pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion to the many hu­man­i­tar­ian causes which she sup­ports. Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity is for­tu­nate to wel­come Clara Hughes and to share in her in­fec­tious pas­sion and en­ergy.”

In ad­di­tion to her ac­com­plish­ments in sport, Ms. Hughes is highly re­garded for her con­tri- bu­tions to many char­i­ties and causes, in­clud­ing Right to Play, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that im­proves the lives of chil­dren liv­ing in some of the world’s most dis­ad­van­taged re­gions by us­ing the power of sport and play for devel­op­ment, health and peace.

Ms. Hughes is an in­ductee of the Cana­dian Sports Hall of Fame and is a re­cip­i­ent of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee’s “Sport and Com­mu­nity” award, as well as the “Spirit of Sport” award from the Cana­dian Sports Awards. Ad­di­tion­ally, she is an of­fi­cer of the Or­der of Canada and the re­cip­i­ent of sev­eral of hon­orary de­grees.

The lec­ture is free and open to the pub­lic.

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