LEGACY OF CHAMPIONS

Celebrating the best and brightest members of our swimming community

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2015
Swimmer
Michael Edgson
Nanaimo Riptide Swim Club, University of Victoria, Island Swimming Club
2009
Swimmer
Lauren van Oosten
Nanaimo Riptide Swim Team, University of Calgary
2007
Builder
Dorothy Liedtke
Victoria Amateur Swimming Club / Island Swimming Club
2008
Coach
Ron Jacks
Arbutus Swim Club, Vancouver Parks Swim Club, Hyack Swim Club, Victoria Olympians / Island Swimming Club, Pacific Coast Swimming
2022
Swimmer
Richard Weinberger
Vernon Kokanee Swim Club, Pacific Sea Wolves, Surrey Knights Swim Club, Pacific Coast Swimming, University of Victoria, UBC Thunderbird Swim Club
2011
Swimmer
Susan (Sloan) Kelsey
Canadian Dolphin Swim Club
2005
Builder
Jack Kelso
Ocean Falls Amateur Swim Club, UBC Thunderbirds
2018
Coach
Randy Bennett
Port Alberni Tsunami, UBC Thunderbirds, Island Swimming Club
1998
Coach
Howard Firby
Vancouver Amateur Swim Club, Canadian Dolphin Swim Club
2001
Coach
Archie McKinnon
Victoria YMCA (Victoria Flying Y)

Crystal Pool. Where Champions Trained.

The Crystal Pool, located at Vancouver’s Sunset Beach, was home to some of B.C.’s best swimmers. The posh saltwater pool opened in 1928 as part of a private club called the Connaught Beach Club. There were plans for tennis courts, Turkish bath, and a ballroom but the operators went broke, and the contractors finished only the pool. Between 1931 and 1955 Percy Norman, considered Canada’s foremost authority in swimming and diving, served as head coach of the Vancouver Amateur Swim Club at the Crystal Pool. He coached the 1936 Canadian Olympic swim team and the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games …

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