OTTAWA – The Canadian swimming family is mourning the passing of Guy Gibbons, a well-known fixture at major meets from coast to coast.
Gibbons, who died Wednesday at age 51, was commonly known as the “OMEGA rep” on the pool deck as a representative of Swiss Timing.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends. We are shocked and saddened by the news and we’re thinking about them,” said Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi.
Originally from Montreal, Gibbons swam for Pointe-Claire Swim Club in his younger days. He became involved in swimming timing through his father Mike, who oversaw timing at several Olympic Games.
“After the Olympics in 1976, Mike basically became the guru of OMEGA in the 80s in Canada up to the point by 1996 he was running OMEGA at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. He hired Guy to help him in Canada,” recalled former Swimming Canada CEO Pierre Lafontaine, now CEO of Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
Guy Gibbons had been living in Florida in recent years.
“Guy was one of the great passionate people about swimming, about making it right, about sport, and he loved his home base in Pointe-Claire,” Lafontaine said. “He was always there for Canada whenever we needed him, even when he left to go to the U.S. He was a great Canadian and we’re going to miss him terribly in Canada.”