Times Colonist

Nash gets a star on Walk of Fame

Victoria NBA player honoured in Toronto

- CLEVE DHEENSAW

No athlete likes to be walked all over. But for this, Steve Nash will make an exception.

The two-time NBA most valuable player from Victoria was named yesterday among inductees to be added this year to Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto.

Patterned after the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Canada’s Walk is celebratin­g its 10th anniversar­y with the inclusion of Nash, musicians Bryan Adams and k.d. lang, actors Michael J. Fox and Frances Bay, Titanic director James Cameron, supermodel Daria Werbowy and the Kids in the Hall comedy troupe.

This brings to 115 the number of famous Canadians from sports, entertainm­ent and the arts to have their stars placed on the sidewalks of Toronto’s entertainm­ent district.

Nash, the Phoenix Suns point-guard raised in Gordon Head, is travelling in the Caribbean and unavailabl­e for comment. He was named last year to the Order of Canada and has distinguis­hed himself off the court for his humanitari­an and charity works.

“Steve is always so proud to get Canadian recognitio­n because he feels so strongly about being Canadian,” said his father and Saanich resident John Nash.

Nash becomes the 20th inductee from the world of sports to receive a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame after Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Jacques Villeneuve, Nancy Greene, Rocket Richard, Gordie Howe, Jean Beliveau, Kurt Browning, Ferguson Jenkins, Harry Jerome, Toller Cranston, Jim Elder, George Chuvalo, Barbara Ann Scott, Johnny Bower, Rick Hansen, Scotty Bowman and the Crazy Canucks skiers.

Nash, a versatile multi-sport athlete when at Arbutus Junior High and St. Michaels University School, is the fourth Islander after actress and model Pam Anderson of Ladysmith, singer Diana Krall of Nanaimo and music producer David Foster of Victoria to have their reputation­s cemented on the sidewalks of Toronto.

The induction gala is Sept. 6 and will be taped and nationally televised at a date to be announced.

Nicknamed Captain Canada, for steering the national team during a splendid nine-year run that included the Summer Olympics, the 34-year-old Nash lives in Manhattan during the off-season.

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