Remembering phenom Victor Davis
Guelph, Ontario-born Victor Davis was a champion swimmer whose competitive and flamboyant nature made him a riveting presence and an international star.
He was just 18 when he broke Brit David Wilkie’s world record for the 200-metre breaststroke in Ecuador in 1982.
It was a record Davis would go on to break two more times; his winning time would not be broken for five years. Davis’s achievements are numerous: one gold and three silvers at the Olympics, three golds at the Commonwealth Games and a gold at the worlds in Spain.
He was also named Canada’s Athlete of the Year three times, made a member of the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.
Davis died in 1989, at just age 25, after being struck by a speeding car outside a Montreal bar. He had retired from professional swimming just months earlier.
Davis’s legacy includes Swimming Canada’s Victor Davis Memorial Fund, which, since 1990, has awarded bursaries to more than 100 swimmers, and a 50-m pool in his hometown of Guelph.
Guelph, Ontario-born Victor Davis was a champion swimmer. Davis died in 1989, at just age 25, after being struck by a speeding car outside a Montreal bar.