Ottawa, ON – As part of a yearlong celebration, Swimming Canada will be highlighting special moments that marked Canadian swimming over the last 100 years. Some of these great moments dating back from as early as 1909 where caught on film, photo, news clippings, and we are quite excited about sharing them with our fellow swim fans.

In this Part 1 of 7 special anniversary feature, we look at the very beginning of competitive swimming in Canada. Each month, SwimCAN WebTV will feature great moments via these special vignettes.

Here’s a glimpse of what you will see.

  • 1909 – Formation of the Canadian Amateur Swimming Association (CASA)
  • 1910 – CASA inaugural affiliation with FINA
  • 1912 Olympic Games, Stockholm, George Hodgson – Double gold medalist 400m & 1500m freestyle
  • 1920 Olympic Games, Antwerp, George Vernot – silver medal in1500m freestyle and bronze medal in 400 m freestyle
  • 1927 – George Young “Catalina Kid”, Canada’s first international distance swimming star who conquered the waters between Santa Catalina and the mainland of Southern California in 15 hours
  • 1928 – Olympic Games in Amsterdam, Canada’s Men’s 4×200 freestyle relay (Bourne, Thompson, Ault, Spence) that collected a silver medal

If you have any great Canadian swimming memorabilia that you wish to share, please email them to Martin at

A special thank you goes out to Jack Kelso and Nick Thierry for their intuitive knowledge and documentation of the History of Canadian swimming.