Wonder how those pro athletes past their prime make it through life? Here is a charming and adorable story that should serve as an inspiration for us all. This woman is incredible. Watch her handle the puck and knock down duck pins. She still rides a bike and is more active than most people half her age.
Hazel McCallion, age 89, is the mayor of Mississauga, Ontario, the sixth-largest city in Canada (population of 734,000) and the fourth most populous city on the Great Lakes, surpassing both Milwaukee and Cleveland. McCallion has been Mississauga’s mayor for 32 years, holding office since 1978. She is affectionately called “Hurricane Hazel” by supporters as well as the media at large for her vibrant outspoken style of no-nonsense politics. She was easily reelected in October 2010 for her 12th consecutive term of running a DEBT-FREE city!
Hazel began playing hockey in the late 1920s and later, with her two older sisters playing defense, took her spot as a lightning quick center on a team in a ladies’ league. After moving to Montreal, she turned “professional,” earning $5 a game to play for Kik Cola, one of three teams in a ladies’ league there. Since first being elected as mayor of Mississauga, Hazel has been able to spread her influence into other hockey-related areas, including sitting on the board of the Ontario Women’s Hockey League, obtaining icetime for girls’ hockey and helping Mississauga build the Hershey Centre. In 1998, Hazel McCallion assisted a group headed by hockey personality Don Cherry secure a franchise for the Mississauga IceDogs in the Ontario Hockey League.