May 28, 2018; Liverpool, NS: National Health and Fitness Day is being celebrated on June 2, 2018 in communities across Canada, with a variety of activities planned to encourage people to be active. Senator Nancy Greene Raine (retired), Canada’s Female Athlete of the 20th Century, Olympic gold and silver medalist, and one the best known names in Canadian skiing, will be taking part in National Health and Fitness Day events in the Region of Queens Municipality to mark the occasion. Greene Raine will join Region of Queens Municipality’s Mayor David Dagley for a Community Family Walk at Pine Grove Park in Milton at 4 p.m. She will also make an appearance at the Mersey Skatepark during the “Skateboarding Fundamentals” session at approximately 3 p.m., and will take part in the 3:15 p.m. Public Skate at Queens Place Emera Centre.
“We’re pleased that Nancy Greene Raine is able to take part in several of our National Health and Fitness Day activities in Queens County and embrace our local hospitality. This a wonderful opportunity for residents and visitors to Queens to meet a Canadian skiing legend, a two time Olympic medal winner and an inspirational athlete who is a role model to many for leading a healthy active lifestyle,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.
The Community Family Walk begins at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Pine Grove Park, 44 Hwy.8, Milton, NS. Greene Raine and Dagley will lead the walk through the trail system at Pine Grove. The walk is approximately 2 kilometers on groomed trail surfaces, amidst stands of century old white pine trees, with plantings of azaleas, magnolias, and rhododendrons in various stages of blooming. The public are encouraged to attend and enjoy a walk with Greene Raine, a Canadian skiing icon. The Community Family Walk is a rain or shine event; participants should dress for the weather. Earlier in the day, she will be making an appearance at the Mersey Skatepark for a “Skateboarding Fundamentals” workshop at approximately 3 p.m. The Mersey Skatepark is located at 72 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS. Greene Raine is also planning to take part in a Public Skate at Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS, beginning at 3:15 p.m.
In her role as a Senator for British Columbia, Greene Raine was and continues to be an active promoter of National Health and Fitness Day since the National Health and Fitness Day Act, Bill S-211, became law in December 2014. Greene Raine is known throughout Canada and around the world for her successful nine year ski racing career, during which she won three U.S. Championship titles and nine Canadian titles; a silver medal in the slalom and a gold in the giant slalom at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France; and a total of 13 World Cup victories in a two year period, the most by any Canadian and still one of the top overall averages today. She retired from ski racing at age 24, but has remained active and involved in the sport over the years, developing Whistler, BC and Sun Peaks near Kamloops, BC as skiing destinations, as well as coaching, advising and serving on committees that promote and support amateur skiing. Greene Raine was a member of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s “Task Force for Sport for Canadians” in 1968, and was appointed to the Canadian Senate in 2009 , retiring on May 11, 2018, is an Officer of the Order of Canada, her name was added to Canada’s Walk of Fame in 1999, is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and along with Catriona Le May Doan, Rick Hanson, Steve Nash and Wayne Gretzky, lit the Olympic cauldron at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.