News Timmins athlete receives National honours SHARE ON: Taylor Ablett, staff Wednesday, Dec. 10th, 2014 A Timmins Special Olympics athlete has received a National honour. Nicole Ferguson was awarded the Dr. Frank Hayden Award for lifetime achievement. 50 year old Ferguson has competed for the past 36 years, in provincial, national, and world games. Ferguson rubbed shoulders with the likes of Patrick Chan, Brian Burke, and Dion Phaneuf at the Special Olympics Canada Gala, where she received the award this month. Despite battling, and beating, cancer ten years ago, Ferguson says she isn’t done competing yet. She says she is heading to North Bay in January to compete in the winter games. Ferguson has competed in many events throughout her 36 years as an athlete. Working her way up from the local level, she has competed in provincial, national, and world games. Ferguson says her passion is with speed skating. Kylie Laughren, former Mayor’s daughter, is Ferguson’s head coach. Although she has seen success in many sports, Ferguson says her passion is with speed skating.