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Clara Hughes SpeakingCanadian Olympic cyclist Clara Hughes visited Weyburn Junior High and St. Michael School in Weyburn, Canada on June 18 to share her story with students. During her discussion with the students Hughes shared the story of her personal struggles with depression and urged them to speak up and seek help if they experience any type of mental illness, and also to help someone out who is having a struggle with it.

“If you’re struggling, you have to get back up,” Hughes told the students. “Seven million Canadians suffer with a form of mental illness; a lot of people are coping and thriving with depression. You’re not alone.” She went on to tell students who may not be dealing with mental illness that they have an opportunity to help someone get through the dark times.

Her visit to the schools was a part of “Clara’s Big Ride,” which is a 12,000 km 110-day bike ride to every province and territory in Canada, with the goal to raise awareness of mental health issues and get people talking about them openly, without a negative stigma attached. At the time of her visit she had completed 90 days of the ride, had ridden 8,050 km, and had already taken in 205 community and school events.

Clara Hughes is one of very few athletes to have competed in both the summer and winter Olympic Games. A decorated cycler and speed skater, she has won multiple medals in both sports including two bronze in the Summer Olympics in 1996 and one gold, one silver and two bronze medals over the course of three Winter Olympics. For her contributions and accomplishments in advancing athletics in Canada she received a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in the summer of 2010 and was inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame on November 15, 2010.

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