Fit­ting honour

Turn­bull, Ma­son hon­oured as Olympic Park in Stel­lar­ton is of­fi­cially un­veiled

The News (New Glasgow) - - FRONT PAGE - BY KEVIN ADSHADE

A park in the Val­ley Woods sec­tion of Stel­lar­ton has been named af­ter home­grown Olympic ath­letes Blayre Turn­bull and Babe Ma­son.

Babe Ma­son can re­mem­ber hunt­ing rab­bits and other wildlife in Val­ley Woods when he was just a boy.

Many years later, af­ter that part of Stel­lar­ton had been de­vel­oped, Blayre Turn­bull grew up skat­ing on the Val­ley Woods pond, dream­ing of one day play­ing for Team Canada in the Olympics.

On Sun­day, the two Stel­lar­ton na­tives were brought to­gether, as the play­ground and small pond in that part of town was re-chris­tened Olympic Park, rec­og­niz­ing

their suc­cess in sports, which took place more than 60 years apart.

“Af­ter 62 years, I thought it was won­der­ful,” said Babe Ma­son, a former boxer who fought in the 1956 Olympics in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia.

“For me it’s been a long time, and any­time some­thing like this can hap­pen, you can en­joy it.”

Turn­bull, 25, won a sil­ver medal for Canada last Fe­bru­ary at the Win­ter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

“It’s some­thing that I never thought would hap­pen, but it’s pretty cool be­cause this is where I grew up,” said Turn­bull.

“In the win­ters, I was on the

pond skat­ing, in the sum­mers I’d be in the play­ground play­ing with my friends, or catch­ing frogs in the pond. I def­i­nitely spent a lot of time here, so it’s quite the honour.”

Stel­lar­ton Mayor Danny MacGil­livray, who came up with the idea to honour Turn­bull and

Ma­son sev­eral months ago, called them good cit­i­zens and role mod­els for a town of 4,200 peo­ple.

“As a com­mu­nity, we are for­tu­nate to have not just one Olympic ath­lete, but two. We could not be more proud of Babe and Blayre.”

Turn­bull, who is head­ing to

Cal­gary this week for train­ing camps for both the na­tional team and the CWHL’s Cal­gary In­ferno, thanked her fam­ily and all those from Pic­tou County for their sup­port over the past cou­ple of years.

“My Olympic jour­ney was more spe­cial be­cause of that,” she said.

KEVIN ADSHADE/THE NEWS

Blayre Turn­bull and Babe Ma­son at­tended a cer­e­mony in Stel­lar­ton on Sun­day in which the duo was hon­oured by hav­ing a park named af­ter them. Both ath­letes com­peted in the Win­ter Olympic Games — Turn­bull as a mem­ber of Team Canada’s women’s hockey team last Fe­bru­ary in PyeongChang, South Korea, and Ma­son as a boxer in the 1956 Olympics in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia.

KEVIN ADSHADE/THE NEWS

A mon­u­ment rec­og­niz­ing the ac­com­plish­ments of Babe Ma­son and Blayre Turn­bull at Olympic Park in Stel­lar­ton.

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