Sutton to honor Clara Hughes

SUTTON, QC, Feb. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - At Sutton's last municipal council meeting, the mayor and councilors voted a resolution to honor Clara Hughes by naming a commemorative site in her name. The resident of the municipality of Sutton in the Eastern Townships, member of the national speed skating team, will be Canada's flag bearer at the next winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, starting February 12.

"We want to honor Clara as an athlete, but also as a person", says Sutton mayor Pierre Pelland. "The municipal council believes Clara is a model by her perseverance and her desire to always do better. What we really like about Clara, is despite being an Olympic champion, she is always down to earth and friendly. She gives a lot back to the community with her involvement in the international humanitarian program Right to Play."

An exceptional athlete

Clara Hughes will be participating in her third Winter Olympic Games and her medal count is quite impressive. She won the gold in the 5000 meters speed skating competition in Torino, Italy in 2006, silver in the team pursuit in 2006 and bronze in 2002 in the 5000 meters speed skating in Salt Lake City. Not only is Clara Hughes an exceptional speed skater, she is also an accomplished cyclist. In 1996, as a member of the Canadian cycling team, she took bronze in the time trials and road race in Atlanta. Clara is the only Canadian athlete to have won multiple medals in both Winter and Summer Olympics.

"I'm very surprised and happy to know that the town of Sutton would like to name a site after me, said Clara Hughes, who was in Vancouver putting the finishing touches on her preparation for the upcoming Olympics. I've always considered Sutton as my oasis of peace. It's a place where I feel I belong. It's with great humility that I accept the town's proposition."

For now, the municipality has not decided what site will be designated in honor of Clara Hughes. As soon as a decision on the matter has been taken we will let you know.


For further information: For further information: Patrick Mahony, (514) 677-6682; Jean Perrault, (514) 499-9345

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