Munroe Bourne

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Munroe Bourne
Personal information
Full name Frederick Munroe Bourne
Nationality  Canada
Born (1910-06-26)June 26, 1910
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Died July 11, 1992(1992-07-11) (aged 82)
Rothesay, New Brunswick, Canada
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle and backstroke
College team McGill University

Frederick Munroe Bourne (June 26, 1910 – July 11, 1992) was a Canadian swimmer. He competed at the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympics in the 100 m freestyle, 100 m backstroke and 4×200 m freestyle relay events and won a bronze medal in the relay in 1928. He was eliminated in the preliminary rounds of all his individual events. Bourne won the 100 yard and 4×200 yard freestyle competitions at the 1930 British Empire Games.

Bourne trained in track and field athletics and water polo before focusing on swimming. In 1927 he entered the McGill University in Montreal and graduated in 1931 with degrees in English and political sciences. In 1932 he won a Rhodes Scholarship to visit the Oxford University. He returned to McGill in 1935 to study for a medical degree, which he received in 1937. During World War II, Bourne served at the Canadian Army and was honourably discharged with the rank of major. After that he worked as a doctor and was inducted into the McGill Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.


Canadian 4×200 m team at the 1928 Olympics, Bourne is likely first from left