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FIRST - James Gilmour Thompson
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The Blue Quasar
N 43° 14.946 W 079° 49.818
17T E 594954 N 4789141
Quick Description: The FIRST coach of the Hamilton Aquatic Club and the building dedicated in his memory.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 10/7/2007 6:35:27 AM
Waymark Code: WM2BD7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Super_Nate
Views: 17

Long Description:

As stated on the plaque

Known locally as "Mr. Swimming", James Gilmour Thompson (1906-1966) was one of Hamilton's most famous sports figures of his day.

Born in Dundee, Scotland, Thompson was a compepetative swimmer, appearing in the 1930 British Empire Games and the 1928 Olympic Games.

In 1932, Thompson became the first coach of the Hamilton Aquatic Club, an organization which under his leadership eventually won 92 national and 205 provinvial swimming titles.

As manager and swimming instructor of the Municipal Swimming Pool, Jimmy Thompson is credited with teaching over 60,000 local children how to swim.

In 1971, the swimming pool, where Jimmy Thompson taught swimming, sportsmanship and citzenship with energy and dedication for over 30 years, was renamed the Jimmy Thompson Memorial Swimming Pool in his honour.

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The Blue Quasar

FIRST - Classification Variable: Person or Group

Date of FIRST: 01/01/1932

More Information - Web URL: Not listed

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