OLYMPIANS ! Which Masters have been in the Olympics ?

    1- All of these people have swum in at least 1 Masters meet.
    2- Some have swum for Countries other than Canada.
    3- A few have been in other sports than swimming.


We know of 85 as of last count !

Andrea Schwartz (Canada) added (1996).

Mariya Panamarova (Belarus) added (2004)
Lech Nowicki (Poland)just added (1980).
Detlev Grabs (East Germany) just added (1980).

Known Olympians are: 
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2008 Beijing:

85 Luis Escobar, Mexico
   Swam 10 K Open Water in 1 hr 54 min for 18th place.
   Now swimming for Etobicoke.

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2004 Athens:


84 Mariya Panamarova swam for Blarus.
Now coaches St-Herome QC.

83 Octavian Gutu (born 1982) swam for Moldova.
100 free  in 51.84 LCM Athens 2004.

Swam 23.89 and 52.55 SCM for 2 Quebec 30-34 prov records.

Because of dual Moldovan-Romanian nationality,
was denied further Olympic participation.
Swam in France for a while.

Now in Mtl, swimming and coaching for CSLA with Martin Levine.



82  Rhiannon Leier

 Born: May 30, 1977 
 Daughter of well-known Brian Leier of MB.

 Swam in 2000 and 2004.
 Placed 11th in 2000 and 12th in 2004 (100 m brst).

 Times:

 2000 Sydney Semi-Finals Heat One 6  1:09.63
 2000 Sydney Round One Heat Six 4 QU 1:09.68
 2004 Athens Semi-Finals Heat Two 7  1:09.46
 2004 Athens Round One Heat Six 3 QU 1:09.38

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2000 Sydney:

81 Nadine ROLLAND swam prelims of the 50 freestyle.
In April 2004 she swam at the US Masters meet (50 fly).
In October at Brossard, broke 4 WRs as a 25-29.
50 free 26.13 - 50 fly 27.88 - 100 IM 1:04.77

80 Melissa COLLINS YMCA was on the 2000 and 2004 water polo team

79 Jennifer Button

4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay 5th place  (2:01.44)
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay    6th place  (1:00.13) (59.86 prelims)

100 metres Butterfly 20th place  1:00.83
200 metres Butterfly 17th place  2:11.74


2012: swam 29.05 fly for an NR at 35-39

78 Yannick Lupien

   Swam 100 free, but missed swimming 50 free, his best event.

   Dec 2103 swam 24.53 SCM 30-34 and was on a Quebec provincial record
   for a 120+ 200 mixed medley relay.
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1996 Atlanta:

77 Andrea SCHWARTZ (now Andrea Smith) swam 200 fly.
Now swims with B-Train in Ottawa.

76 Steven CLARKE, free and fly. Swam a relay leg at the 2001 Ont Chsps

75 Riley MANTS - 200 Breast (may have been in other events)
Swam at US Master Natls. (ref Roy H Smith).
Swam with Cdn masters as Riley West.

74 Leigh GARVIE. Exception to the rules. Not a competitor, but a member of the
physio support team (1988: figure skating, X-country, diving, weightlifing,
1992: diving, weightlifting, 1996: slalom canoe/kayak
2000: slalom canoe/kayak, synchro !)  That's a total of 5 Games.
Today Leigh Garvie swims with EMSC in the 45-49 age group.
Last year swam 1:15.3, 2:46, 5:52, 12:24, 23:28, 1:29 bk, 3:12 bk.
She placed 16th overall. We can be proud of her.
(ref Dave Ellis)

73 Alison KORN NEPEAN won a silver medal in cycling in 1996.
Also involved in rowing.
                                     

72 Daniela Menegon for Swaziland

Swam 9:45.79 free at Atlanta.
Found swimming for CMNQ at age 35:
5:18 - 10:50  SCM, 5:27.6 LCM

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1992 Barcelona:

71 Mark TEWKSBURY
won Gold at Barcelona 100 backstroke.
Long and succesful career on the National team and previous Olympics.
After his retirement stayed out of the water for several years.
Dipped back in Nov 2004 swimming 50 bk as a first relay-leg (29.25).
Broke 35-39 LC NR 1:01.80 Mtl Aug 06.
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1988 Seoul:

70 Kathy BALD - 1988 Seoul
Lead off the 4 X 100 Free Canadian Team
Now swimming as Kathy Renard and achieving very fast free and brst times.

69 Lori MELIEN. Alberta. Swam backstroke leg of bronze-winning medley
relay. Very good results achieved in 2000  

68 Jon CLEVELAND, 1988 and 1992 breast, made one appearance in masters,
gaining 2 records (1:06.91 br). 

67 Sean MURPHY. A backstroke Commonwealth record holder. Now swims for
the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Still holds many world records in 30-34
long course age group.  (ref P. McKinnon)

66 Gary ANDERSON  1988 & 1992 Back & IM
Swam at 2003 SC US Masters Natls (ref Roy H Smith).
Gary Anderson: born in Montreal in 1969. Joined Pte Claire. In 1978, moved
to Toronto and swam for Etobicoke. Later coached by Paul Bergen.
Won a total of eight Canadian Championships in Back and IM.
Gary's first Olympic Games appearance was at Seoul, Korea in 1988 where he
placed eighth in the 200m Individual Medley final.
He duplicated this achievement four years later in Barcelona, Spain.
At the 1990 CWG at Auckland, New Zealand, won Gold for the 200m Backstroke
and 200m IM and Silver in the 100m Backstroke.


65 Darren WARD (1988 and 1992)
Born:  68.12.02
Birth Place:  Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Residence:  Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Previous Results
1988 Seoul     - Swimming 200m Individual Medley - M 21
1988 Seoul     - Swimming 4x200m Freestyle - M 8
1992 Barcelona - Swimming 100m Freestyle - M 41
1992 Barcelona - Swimming 200m Freestyle - M 15
1992 Barcelona - Swimming 200m Individual Medley - M 14
1992 Barcelona - Swimming 4x200m Freestyle - M 9

Darren still holds the Canadian 100 IM record of 54.80 which he set at
Bonn, Germany on March 16, 1991.

Other Cdn ranking swims held by Darren:

  LCM
     7 DARREN WARD  UCSC AL  1:50.22   EDM AUG 91*107
    14 DARREN WARD  UCSC AL   :25.02   CGY AUG 89*103  FLY
    16 DARREN WARD  UCSC AL   :54.78   MTL MAY 92*104  FLY
     5 DARREN WARD  UCSC AL  2:02.83   MTL MAY 92*109  IM
     8 DARREN WARD  UCSC AL  4:23.14   MTL NOV 90*108  IM

  SCM
    18 DARREN WARD  UCSC AL   :49.77   CGY FEB 91 106
     7 DARREN WARD  UCSC AL  1:46.60   WIN FEB 92 110
    10 DARREN WARD  UCSC AL   :24.53   MTL FEB 95 105  FLY
    14 DARREN WARD  UCSC AL   :54.05   WIN FEB 92 105  FLY
     1 DARREN WARD  UCSC AL   :54.80   BON FEB 91 109  IM  (NR)
     3 DARREN WARD  UCSC AL  1:57.88   SWE JAN 92 114  IM
     4 DARREN WARD  UCSC AL  4:11.90   SWE JAN 92 113  IM


64 Fiona Wildy ALESSANDRI YMCA swam the 100 fly for Autralia in 1988
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1984 Los Angeles:

63 Alex BAUMANN:
Double gold at Los Angeles (200 and 400 IM).
Proposed by Laura Young because he was the first coach of Laurentian
Masters (formerly Olympic Gold Masters)

Swam Masters in 2009 at age 45 for TECH.
Broke 5 NRs and 1 WR (2:12.01 IM).


62 Marco VEILLEUX, brst. Came back in late 90's.
Breaking national and provincial records, 2006.

61 Peter WARD, flyer, former Cdn record holder, 84 Olympics, swims masters
and coaches George Mason Masters in DC area  (ref P. McKinnon)

60 Cheryl (McArton) WARD, 84 Olympics competes for Mason Masters
(ref P. McKinnon)

59 Cindy (OUNPUU) Yelle, breaststroke, Alderwood Teddy Bears this year,
Olympian in 84. (ref P. McKinnon)

58 Ken FITZPATRICK, 200 br. Captain of the '84 Olympic swimming team.
He swam for Lethbridge MSC in 1996 and set the provincial record for 50BR 
which still stands. (Mark Sandilands)

57 Simon DESCHAMPS, water polo. Swam at the 1988 Quebec provincials.
Swam 25.60 free LC for second place.

56 Gord VANTOL, water-polo.
Nepean has an Olympian swimming with us.
 Gord VanTol (45-49 age group) played on the
 1984 Canadian Olympic Waterpolo team.
(Submitted by Barry Doucette)
Gord was on a national-record setting LCM relay record early 2006.


55 Wayne KELLY, Victoria.
1984 Winter Nationals:  Wayne Kelly VIC-O (Bronze 100FLY)
Wayne Kelly selected to Olympic Team
1984 Los Angeles Olympics:  Wayne Kelly (5th 800 Free Relay)

At the Jan 2005 Duncan meet, Wayne set a 40-44 NR in the 50 fly.

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1980 Moscow:

54 Lech Nowicki qualified for 4x200 for Poland.
   Did not get to swim as he had a shoulder injury.

53 Detlev Grabs swam 4x200 for East Germany. Obtained 2nd place.

52 Eva-Marie HAKANSSON, 1980 and 1984, breast for Sweden, now swimming 40-44
for DDO. Holds 6 NR's  

51 Graham WELBOURN, 1980 team. Holds 6 NR's from late 80's, incl a 16'42 1500

50 Dan THOMPSON, 1980 team. Holds 6 NR's, incl 57.5 fly in 88

49 Benoit CLEMENT, 1980 free. Holds 3 NR's from 89. (4:03 400 !)

48 Bruce BERGER, 1980 back. Swam a NR in late 80's, since broken.

47 Bill SAWCHUK. 1980 team. Once held the SC 200 IM WR.
Swam at the 2003 Natl meet in MTL for TAS, Team Aquatic Supplies.
(ref Roy Smith).
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1976 Montreal:

46 Andy RITCHIE, 400 im, swimming for Thunder Bay, set 40-44 IM NR in 99

45 Paul NAISBY, breast for GB. Set many records in the 80's

44 Cheryl GIBSON, im. Swam masters in 85 and 98, breaking records each time.
Currently holds 6 NR's  

43 George GROSS Jr, water polo. Set several NR's in early 90's.

42 Gail AMUNDRUD, free. Ottawa. Set 3 Canadian records 30-34 at Van May 88.
(50 free 27.74, 100 free 1:00.67, 400 free 4:56.61)

41 Lisa BORSHOLT, brst. 2 NR's set in 1988.

40 Michael KER, free. Holds 3 NR's from late 90's

39 Bruce ROGERS, fly. Swam some meets in late 80's, holds 2 records.

38 Dave HEINBUCH, brst. Dave swam 200 breast at the 76 Montreal Olympics
but was eliminated from the finals. In Apr 83 Dave Heinbuch set the MSO
25-29 100 breast record at 1:10.94.  (ref Roy Smith)

37 Jill QUIRK. Was an alternate on the relay team. Suffered from  mononucleosis
just a few months prior to the games.  She didn't swim, but was on the team
and wears an Olympic ring. Currently holds 6 NR's at 45-49, incl a 1:02.33
free ! (ref. Mark Sandilands)

36 Brenda PERKS.
Canadian age group record holder but did not make the team.
However, was chosen to be Olympic flag bearer at the opening and closing
ceremonies. That makes her more than half an Olympian !
Now swims (mostly breaststroke) with Sackville, NS.

35 Duncan CLEWORTH AURO swam the 400 IM for GBR in 1976

1976 Olympic Montreal 400im 23rd
1978 Commonwealth 200im 5th 400im ?

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1972 Munich:

34 Cliff BARRY, water polo. Coached the late Victor Davis.
Swam masters for Pte-Claire then Etobicoke. Has set several NR's  

33 Bruce ROBERTSON, fly silver. Had a great year in 1999 for TECH, Ont. 5 NR's

32 Robert STODDART, brst. Ontario.  5 NR's, some set very recently

31 Cathy RAFTERY, back. Now Cathy Mulligan, set several Que prov. records

30 Merrily STRATTEN, 200 free. Ontario. Her 1978 800 free time was a 25-29 WR

29 Sylvia DOCKERILL,  brst. Swam 1:18.64 in prelims at Munich. Had her first
masters met in 2003.  
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1968 Mexico:

28 Ralph HUTTON, 400 free Silver, also 7th placer at 1964 Tokyo 200 back,
known as the Iron Man of Cdn swimming back then,
swam masters in late 80's with great success

27 Tony JARVIS, 100 free for GB. Played major role in Cdn Masters. 8 NR's

26 Helle VERSVELD, 400 free Holland. Swam masters early 90's. Mother of Mark.
Seems to come out every 5 years and then break many Free records !

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1964 Tokyo:

25 Vinus VAN BAALEN, 100 free, Holland. Moved to Ont, then Al.
 Swam in heat 1 of 9 in the 100 free in 56.80, did not advance to semis
 Swam 3rd leg on 4x100 free relay (55.0 split) Team was 9th with 3:43.80.
 (ref. Roy H. Smith).
 
 Owns several NR's (8) 
 Added a 50 back WR in 2002 to his record collection, also a 50 y bak
 WR in Spring 2003.

24 Patty THOMPSON, member of 7th place 4x100 free relay. Swam several NR's
in late 80's. Still holds 2 

23 Dan SHERRY, 100 free, 8th placer at 200 fly, swam masters in the late 80's

22 Ron JACKS, BC a 3-time Olympian, 1964-68-72 ! Free, back and fly. Also
4th in 1968 4x200 free relay. Set 400 free masters record in 1982 (4:33), and added
the 50 fly later (ref Roy H. Smith)

21 Peter BELL, Did not compete but was assistant manager. (Had competed
at the 1958 CWG). In 2000, broke the 65-69 200 br WR with 3:05.24 

20 Pano CAPERONIS, for Switzerland 64 and 68.

1964 58.9 free, 4:43.8 free, 19:10.5 free
1968 56.2 free, 2:04.9 free. 4:31.4 free, 55.3 free relay leg in MR 

Swam several Quebec records at 50-54 for Phoenix (YMCA) of Montreal.
Currently not swimming due to injury and work pressures.

   50lib 25 50-54 PANO CAPERONIS        0 27.02 PHOE SJR FEV 00
   50lib 50 50-54 PANO CAPERONIS        0 27.73 PHOE BAL AOU 00
   50pap 25 50-54 PANO CAPERONIS        0 29.69 PHOE LSL NOV 99
   50pap 50 50-54 PANO CAPERONIS        0 29.88 PHOE BAL AOU 00
  100pap 25 50-54 PANO CAPERONIS        1  9.13 PHOE BRO OCT 99
  100pap 50 50-54 PANO CAPERONIS        1  8.94 PHOE BAL AOU 00

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1960 Rome:

19 Ami Trauber, swam 59.7 free for Israel.
   Now swimming for NYG.

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1956 Melbourne:

18 Beth WHITTALL, 100 fly, now swimming for Georgian Bay Masters.
If one person may be credited with creating Masters in Canada, it is Beth.  
List of Masters achievements (besides records) a bit too long to detail here.

17 Virginia GRANT, 100 free, now Virginia Ridpath, set Cdn records at 60-64

16 George PARK, free. Re-appeared at the 98 Nationals in Edmonton.
In his own words: "I am 73 now (2006). I competed at the 1954 and 58
Commonwealth games, 56 Olympics and 55 Pan Am Games. Swam in the Marathon
swimming circuit for 10 years and did a little master swimming.
Ran swimming schools in Toronto, Hamilton and St Catherines.
Now teach swimming in Mexico in the winter and video swimming stroke analysis".


15 Erika KORBELY
I found out recently that one of our members, Erika Korbely,
swam in the Olympics for Hungary. She is currently swimming at 65
so maybe you can figure out which Olympics that would have been.
(Submitted by Dave Ellis)
Erika has been active with Edmonton for a few years, and doing rather well.
I am guessing 1956, it could have been 1952 or 1960.


14 Jeno ATS


(Tks to Ian Smith) 

 Swam (for Hungary) 400 free in 4:47.6, 200 fly 2:31.1
 and the 800 relay (2:13.2 split for 8:57.2 overall).

 (All these details found at www.sports_reference.com).

 George Park (Canada) remembers having talked to Jeno (53 years ago).

 Jeno later came to Canada and coached among others Suzanne Gosselin,
 currently a Natl and Quebec record holder (55+).

 Jeno owns the current Natl records:
      50fly 25 70-74 JENO ATS    34.25 PC   QC WH  NOV 06
      50fly 50 70-74 JENO ATS    34.59 PC   QC STA AUG 06

      and also another 9 Quebec records !

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1952 Helsinki:

13 Lenora FISHER now GILCHRIST
Swam 100 back at 52 and 56 OGs. From Ocean Falls.
Later swam Masters with NVM.

12 Nick TEMPLEMAN, 200 brst for Germany. Broke many records in the 90's (10)
Just added 2 WRs as a 70-74 in Calgary May 2001  

11 Carolyn LEWIS, 400 free 4th with 5:16.5. Swam as Carolyn Green, USA.
Also won two Pan-Am silvers (400 free, 1951 and 1955).
Moved to BC in the mid-80's, became the BC recorder. Also set many BC and Natl
records during that time.

10 Valerie GYENGE, Olympic gold medal at 400 free 5:12.1 for Hungary.
Escaped to Canada in 1956. Swam Masters in 1977 with NRs at 40-44,
32.70 and 1:13.80 SCM. Swam as Valerie Garay.
Her daughter is Judy Garay now a 40-44 brst record holder !

9 Bev TUCKER TYMS (deceased) was on the 1952 demonstration synchro swimming team
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1948 London:

8 Mariyan STIPETIC, 1500 free finalist for Yugoslavia, now swimming 70-74
for Markham. 9 NR's 

7 Catherine KERR, freestyle. Qualified but declined to go. Now swimming
for WMSC 80-84 and a recent 47.05 50 free. Total of 31 NR's (!) 

6 Doris McEWAN. Swam for GBR. Back or brst ? Possibly as Doris Storey.
As a master, swimming for BIMS and has held WRs on 2 occasions (despite a
case of cancer in her sixties). Also 7 NRs  (ref. Pat Niblett)

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1936 Berlin:

5 Bob HAMMERTON. His 70-74 50 free record from 1983 (32.89) still stands.

4 Pat MILSOM. Qualified in backstroke, but could not swim due to
inflexible German bureaucracy - mispelled name.
Held many Masters back NRs. Now deceased.

3 Noel OXENBURY, swam backstroke. Swam at the 2004 BC provincials, in the
85-89 age group. Long time chaperone at various Olympics.

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1932 Los Angeles:

2 James (Hud) STEWART, track & field. Cdn Master pioneer. Went to the 1971
inaugural US championships. Now deceased. Once held the 200 back WR.

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1924 Paris:

1 Tom WALKER, diving ? Was first Cdn master to swim over age 85. Now deceased.
Coached Beth Whittall at the 1955 Panams !