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Undeniably Young

“In 1936, NORA YOUNG, a 19-year-old force of nature and multi-sport athlete, breaks into the wacky world of Six-Day biking in a historic women’s race. Will she win the race and change history?”

The plan is to make a short, animated film about Nora Young, Canadian cyclist, force of nature, and athletic pioneer.

The film maker Julia Morgan writes, “When I first met Nora, I knew right away there was something special about her. And as I got to know her more, I discovered that not only was she a force of nature with an incredible love of life, but she also had been a TOP athlete, in many sports, during something I’d never heard of – the Golden Age of Women’s Sports (1920s and 30s) in North America – of which Nora was an extremely important example. And then when my team and I began filming Nora – she was 95 – I was wowed by the sheer number of her amazing, historically significant athletic achievements, particularly in cycling, her favourite sport. She was one of Canada’s most important early female competitive cyclists – if not the most important. “

You can support the film project here.

And read more about it here: Toronto Star: Toronto’s audacious ‘girl cyclist’ left riders — and stereotypes — in the dust

NORA YOUNG, 1936, AGE 19

Public Domain. Credit: Estate of Nora Young/

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  1. I met Nora Young in person when she was in her mid-70’s….at the Toronto International Bike Show when I was manning the information table for Women on Wheels, a local cycling group for women. Several of our committee members also knew her.

    She was riding over 30 km. daily. And yes, she rode the bike show on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition.

    She was very supportive and encouraging for the work of our group..we had workshops on cycling skills, touring, diet, etc.

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