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Saturday, July 7, 2012
Town honors Sarah Burke with street

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Sarah Burke's hometown of Midland, Ontario, on Thursday renamed the street where she grew up in honor of the Canadian skiing star who died in January from head injuries suffered during a halfpipe training accident.

Sarah Burke
Sarah Burke's hometown of Midland, Ontario, honored the late freeskier by renaming a street Sarah Burke Way.

Huron Street was renamed Sarah Burke Way in a ceremony that included her family and Midland Mayor Gordon McKay among the 50 people in attendance, according to Midland Free Press. The Sarah Burke Way street signs feature a silhouette of a freestyle skier

"It makes me feel pretty good," Burke's father, Gord Burke, told the newspaper. "It honors Sarah so much. It makes me think of my neighbors, of the kindness of them, how they've helped out so much." The Free Press reported the Burkes have lived on the street for 22 years.

Soon after the 29-year-old, four-time X Games gold medalist's death, Burke's neighbor Rick Dalziel and his wife started a petition to get the street renamed. "It filled up quickly," Dalziel told The Free Press. From there it moved through the town's administrative offices to the mayor and City Council for approval.

"She was a beautiful person," Dalziel told The Free Press. "I remember her playing on the trampoline in her back yard and seeing her come and go to school. You never heard a bad word come out of her mouth."