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December 2008

A 1927 George Young, or ”Catalina Kid” became famous when he won the Wringley marathon held between the island of Santa Catalina and the mainland of South California. He beat the best marathon swimmer in America with a time of 15 hours and 45 minutes and won a prize of 25,000$. He continued his career competing in distance swimming event in the USA and in Canada
B 1936 Munroe Bourne became the first triple-Olympian, as he swam in Amsterdam (1928), Los Angeles (1932) and Berlin (1936).
C 1944 Paris Olympics: 5 swimmers were sent to the Olympic Games. They left Montreal on a steamship on June 25th and arrived in Paris on July 4th. Interesting fact, for the first time, the team had a small canvas pool on the boat, allowing them to at least practice.
D 1955 Mexico City, Pan Am Games: First participation of Canada at the Pan American Games. Canada did well with a total of 9 medals, 4 of them were gold. This was the best result for the women in any international games. Beth Whittall won two individual gold medals and two silvers in the relays (the best a Canadian athlete has done in international games so far). Four of the women came home with at least two medals each, another first for Canadian women in swimming. Finally, it was the first time that Canadian athletes won four individual gold medals in an international event.
E 1963 San Paulo, Brazil, Pan American Games: This was one of the best performances for Canada at the international levels. The team counted 6 women and 6 men. Canada won a total of 32 medals, with all the swimmers qualifying for the finals in all of the events. This was the first time that all athlete came back home with at least one medal each.
F 1973 Bruce Robertson was still the top sprint butterflyer and the second best in the 100 freestyle in the country. He won Canada’s first medal at the World Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia; a gold medal. He finished first in the 100m butterfly with a time of 55.69 seconds, and also raced butterfly in the 4 x 100m medley relay that finished third.
G 1974 In February 1974, Nick Thierry released the first edition of Swim Canada Magazine. This magazine was created and still serves today as a ”communication vehicle vital for Canadian swimming.” The magazine published articles concerning the development of swimming in Canada and internationally, technique, training programs, competition results, swimmers history and more. SWIM Magazine still releases issues monthly, for 10 months every year and has become the ”finest professional swimming magazine”
H 1985 Howard Firby is inducted into the International Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. ”Howard had been one of Canada’s premier swimming coaches through the developmental years of the 1950’s and 1960’s, as he produced many world record holders. His top swimmer was Elaine Tanner, a former world record holder in 100 and 200 m. backstroke, and a double silver medalist from the 1968 Olympics. Howard also coached the Stewart sisters, both international swimming stars of the 1955-1962 period. His swimmers set over 300 Canadian senior records, won more than 100 Canadian championship and 10 international gold medals.”
I 1991 Mark Tewksbury wins a silver medal at the World Aquatic Championship in Perth, Australia establishing himself as a serious medal contender at the 1992 Olympics the following year.
J 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester: For the first time, the SWAD swimmers were able to compete in the regular games. The Canadian SWAD team did well by winning 6 medals. Philippe Gagnon won a silver in the 50 freestyle in 25.04, Benoit Huot followed him in third place with a time of 25.07, Stephanie Dixon won two silver medals in the 50 freestyle in 30.60 and in the 100 freestyle in 1:05,05. Danielle Campo finished third in the 50 freestyle in 35.02 and Kirby Cote also finished third in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:01.76.