Marion Lay

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Marion Lay
Personal information
Full name Marion Beverly Lay
National team  Canada
Born (1948-11-26) November 26, 1948 (age 66)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 61 kg (134 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle

Marion Beverly Lay, OBC (born November 26, 1948) is a former competitive swimmer who represented Canada in the 1964 Summer Olympics and 1968 Summer Olympics. Swimming the anchor leg for Canada's third-place team in the women's 4x100-metre freestyle relay, she won an Olympic bronze medal, together with teammates Angela Coughlan, Marilyn Corson and Elaine Tanner.[1]

Following the end of her competitive career, Lay came out as lesbian, and was a coordinator of the Pride House at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[2] She is the partner of Penny Ballem, a civil servant who is currently the city manager of Vancouver.[3]

In 2012, she was made a Member of the Order of British Columbia.[4]

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  1. ^ "Olympics". sports-reference. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Olympic Pride House: Medalist says "help sport come out"." OutQ News, February 16, 2010.
  3. ^ "Ex-deputy health minister takes city manager post: Vancouver's new city manager is no stranger to headlines.", Vancouver Sun, December 13, 2008.