Burlington’s Dr. Frank Hayden newest member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
The honours keep coming — and deservedly so — for Burlington’s Dr. Frank Hayden.
The Burlington Sports Hall of Fame member has a city high school named in his honour and is a Member of the Order of Ontario and Officer of the Order of Canada.
Yesterday in Toronto, Hayden and six others were inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
He was joined by fellow Halton resident, Oakville’s Michael Pinball Clemons, a Canadian Football League Grey Cup winner four times as player and coach.
Other inducted included six-time Stanley Cup winner Bryan Trottier, Olympic medallists Sue Holloway (canoe-kayak and cross-country skiing) and Annie Perreault (speed skating), paralympic swimming medallist Stephanie Dixon and two-time world curling champion Colleen Jones.
Hayden, a resident of Burlington for more than three decades, helped create the worldwide Special Olympics movement, which today includes more than 4.5 million athletes from 170 countries.
His involvement magnified the realization that people with intellectual disabilities have capabilities far beyond what was previously thought.
Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon was on hand for the ceremonies.
“I’m asking all Burlington residents to join me in thanking Dr. Frank Hayden for his important work in the creation of the Special Olympics Movement and to congratulate him on his induction into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame,” said the Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.