Clara Hughes welcomed in Calgary on cross-country ride
Former Olympian cycling across Canada to draw attention to mental illness
Former Olympian Clara Hughes was welcomed Saturday morning in Calgary during a stop through the city on her cross-Canada bike ride.
Hughes is touring Canada on a bike to draw attention to mental illness and has been travelling for 78 days so far.
The former Olympic speedskater and cyclist rolled into Calgary Friday and arrived at the Calgary French and International School Saturday for an official welcome. She says she has learned a lot on the trip.
"It's been amazing to be able to share but more importantly listen and to learn what the mental health landscape [is] in all corners of Canada, and to see the work that people are doing, often unsung heroes," Hughes said.
"They're my unsung heroes in every single community and these are the people that we need to highlight and we need to celebrate as a nation."
Hughes has visited dozens of communities and schools to hear people's mental health stories.
She is the national spokesperson for Bell's Let's Talk campaign and her 110-day national bike tour is a partnership with the campaign.