Heroes lauded on walk of fame

Cindy Nicholas – Local Swimmer

Cindy Nicholas – Local Swimmer

On Oct. 25 local champions Cindy Nicholas and Bob Hunter are being inducted into the Scarborough Walk of Fame. Nicholas, a graduate of the University of Toronto at Scarborough, is being honoured for her swimming achievements and Hunter, a local resident and co-founder of Greenpeace, is being inducted for his leadership in environmental issues.

Local champions Cindy Nicholas and Bob Hunter are being inducted into the Scarborough Walk of Fame.

The Oct. 25 induction ceremony, in its second year, celebrates the accomplishments of Scarborough residents who have made an impact in the areas of sports, arts and entertainment, health, education and community.

A graduate of University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus, Nicholas set the record for swimming Lake Ontario in 1973, at just 16 years of age, covering the distance in 15 hours and 10 minutes.

Two years later, in 1975, she set the women’s record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel as well as the overall record for the fastest two-way crossing of the channel in 1977.

Nicholas, 50, is also an inductee into the Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Order of Canada.

Hunter, a local resident who passed away in 2005, co-founded the worldwide environmental organization Greenpeace, in 1972. He was also a member of the Don’t Make a Wave Committee, a protest group that aimed to halt underground nuclear testing by the United States in the Amchitka wildlife reserve in Alaska.

He was named by Time magazine as one of the 10 “eco-heroes” of the 20th century.

Hon. David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, who is also an inductee in the Scarborough Walk of Fame, will present the awards.

Other inductees include Des McAnuff, Johnny Cowell, James Bamford, Dr. Ming-Tat Cheung and Anson Taylor.

The unveiling ceremony runs at 2 p.m. at the Scarborough Town Centre. There will be a dinner and award ceremony later on at the Delta East Toronto Hotel at 7 p.m.