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Thousands honour Olympians at parade in Beach

Thousands honour Olympians at parade in Beach

Posted by PanamericanWorld on August 29, 2016

It was a golden event.

Swimming phenomenon Penny Oleksiak sat in a red convertible waving to fans as thousands converged on the Beach for Sunday’s Olympic parade.

“It’s pretty crazy,” the 16-year-old four-time medallist told the Toronto Sun Sunday. “Especially because of like everything going on, it’s a little wild but I’m having fun.”

Oleksiak was one of several current and former Olympians who were honoured in the parade.

Swimming legend Elaine Tanner, also known as the “Mighty Mouse,” said she feels like Oleksiak’s “big sister.”

The two have a lot of common as Tanner, 65, experienced similar popularity after her performance in the pool at the 1966 Commonwealth Games and 1968 Olympics.

Tanner was 18 at the time when she became the first Canadian to win three medals at an Olympics.

That record was broken by Oleksiak this year at the Rio Summer Games and Tanner said she was proud to see her performance.

“All I’ve said to Penny is that she got her success by being who she is, and she’s going to be pushed and pulled everywhere, but I said just stick to who you are and she’ll just be fine,” Tanner said. “She’s a true champion.”

The parade began at Danforth and Woodbine Ave. and meandered along Woodbine to Queen St. E., ending at Kew Gardens Park.

Thousands of people dressed in red and white and cheered as the parade rolled on.

Parade organizers Alison McMurray and Johanna Carlo were astonished by the turnout.

“We knew our east-end community would show up,” McMurray said. “We’re really proud of our community here in the east end and it shows.”

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