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Take a left on Meagan Duhamel Drive

Street where Lively figure skater grew up renamed in her honour

If you're looking for Turner Drive in Lively you may end up stopping to ask for directions as the street has officially been renamed.

Thankfully, if Friday's official celebration of the street's renaming is any indication, community members will be more than familiar with the newly named Meagan Duhamel Drive.

A number of friends and community members turned up at the corner of Anderson Drive and Meagan Duhamel Drive on Aug. 17, as Ward 2 coun. Michael Vagnini and mayor Brian Bigger congratulated the Olympian on having the street she grew up on renamed in her honour.

"Meagan is one of Sudbury's most decorated athletes, we have a star here and an individual that has done so much for this community and to be able to do this today is a great pleasure and honour," said Vagnini.

The street sign is posted at the corner of Anderson Drive and the former Turner Drive, just steps up the road from the T.M. Davies Community Centre and Arena where Duhamel honed her craft as one of the country's best pairs figure skaters.

"You look at all of the support here, I see friends, family members and neighbours all here today," said Bigger. "In my four years as mayor this is my first street renaming and I this is a great honour to recognize Meagan and all of her accomplishments and I think everyone here absolutely appreciates all that you've done."

Down the street at TM Davies Community Centre, Duhamel will have a plaque installed in her honour, along with a new banner that was unveiled during a celebration at Lively District Secondary School on June 8.

"I really hope that not only this community but all of Greater Sudbury will continue to honour all of its great athletes past, present and future," said Duhamel. "I hope that my success and ability to compete at the highest level will inspire the next generation of athletes that is going to come from communities like Lively."


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