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Hazel McCallion is 97 Years Old and went Climbing

Hazel McCallion is 97 years old and was once the mayor of Mississauga in Ontario and she recently swung by The Hub’s new climbing location for a lap or two.

“We can honestly say she is the first 97 year old on our walls,” climbing gym staff wrote on Facebook Saturday. “Past Mayor of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion, is an absolute legend!”

Hub Climbing is the largest and tallest climbing gym in the Greater Toronto Area with its 30,500 sq.-ft facility. Featuring climbs for beginners and aspiring Olympians alike, its tallest wall stands at a towering 15 metres (48 feet).

McCallion served as the mayor of Mississauga from for 36 years until she stepped down in 2014. She was succeeded by current mayor, Bonnie Crombie, who also made an appearance at Hub Climbing’s grand opening event.

McCallion serves as a director on several boards and is an adviser with the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus to help the school develop new courses and degrees. She also volunteers with the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association.

McCallion will turn 98 on Feb. 14. The date was dubbed Hazel McCallion Day across Ontario by the former Liberal government.

Thanks to Hub Climbing for the great story and photos.