October 7, 2015 · 0 Comments
By Bill Rea
Two inductees are better than one, and that’s the case this year with the Caledon Walk of Fame.
The stone commemorating Forks of the Credit area resident Beverly Holden and her grandson Jake was unveiled Saturday on the walk in Caledon East.
Mrs. Holden came to prominence competing provincially, nationally and internationally in duet synchronized swimming, winning several titles, as well as a Bronze medal at the 1955 Pan American Games. That was Canada’s first medal in that sport.
Her grandson has made his mark in both judo and snowboard cross. He and his snowboard represented Canada at last year’s winter Olympics in Sochi.
Mayor Allan Thompson commented on the symbolism of the Walk of Fame, being located just off the Trans Canada Trail that snakes through the Town, and which is maintained by community partnerships.
The Walk of Fame was started in 1999 to recognize people from Caledon who have made significant contributions. Others who have been recognized include film director Norman Jewison, writer Farley Mowat, choral conductor Elmer Iseler, art collectors Robert and Signe McMichael and sports entrepreneur Conn Smythe.
“Caledon has been home to exceptional people,” Thompson observed.
The Holdens have been long-time residents of the area. “It’s terrific that we’re able to recognize their achievements,” Thompson remarked.
Mrs. Holden, he said, was a trailblazer in the sport of synchronized swimming, teaming up with Diane Ferguson for the Bronze in 1955.
Mr. Holden was on the 2006 world judo team before competing in the winter Olympics.
Dufferin-Caledon MP David Tilson was pleased to be taking part, telling the Holdens the community “is extremely proud of your many accomplishments in sports.”
“This is a wonderful moment for you both (and) for your families,” commented Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones.
Speaking for himself and his grandmother, Mr. Holden expressed thanks for choosing two people for one stone for the first time.
“It’s a special moment for us,” he said.
He also thanked his uncle, Jeff Holden, for nominating them for the honour.
“It’s a reminder of how lucky I am to be living where I do,” he said. “It’s awesome.”