Young cham­pion

Re­mem­ber­ing phe­nom Vic­tor Davis

Metro Canada (Halifax) - - SPECIAL REPORT: TOP 150 - Sean Plum­mer

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.

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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.

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