Sandy Goss

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Sandy Goss
Personal information
Full name Donald Alexander Goss
Nickname(s) "Sandy"
Nationality  Canada
Born (1966-10-02) 2 October 1966 (age 48)
Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 89 kg (196 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, backstroke
Club North York Aquatic Club
College team University of Florida

Donald Alexander Goss (born 2 October 1968), nicknamed Sandy Goss, is a former competition swimmer from Canada. Goss was a freestyle and backstroke specialist who was an Olympic silver medalist.

Early years[edit]

Goss was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia in 1968.[1] At the age of 8, Goss' family moved to Toronto and he began swimming for the North York Aquatic Club.[2] At age 11, he was a member of the Canadian tour team that traveled to Germany and won two silver medals.[2] At 17, Goss set a new short-course world record in the 200-metres backstroke at the Canadian Nationals.[2]

College career[edit]

Goss received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he swam for the Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition under coach Randy Reese from 1987 to 1990.[2][3] Goss, together with Duffy Dillon, Paul Robinson and Troy Dalbey, won the NCAA national championship in the 4x200-metres freestyle relay in 1987.[3] He also won three Southeastern Conference (SEC) individual championships in the 100-metres backstroke (1987) and the 200-metres backstroke (1987, 1988), as well as seven SEC championships as a member of winning Gators relay teams.[3] Goss received twenty-three All-American honors during his four-year American college swimming career.[3] He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1991.[2]

International career[edit]

Goss competed in two Summer Olympics for Canada: in 1984 in Los Angeles, California, and four years later, in Seoul, South Korea. On both occasions he won the silver medal with the Canadian men's 4x100-metres medley relay team. His best Olympic individual performance was fifth place in the 200-metres freestyle in 1984. He was a double gold medalist at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland, winning championships in the 200-metres backstroke and 4x100-metres medley relay, and also won silver medals as a member of the second-place Canadian teams in the 4x100-metres freestyle relay and 4x200-metres freestyle relay.

Life after swimming[edit]

Goss and Jane Kerr were inducted into the Swimming Canada Circle of Excellence Hall of Fame in 2006.[2] He lives in Toronto with his wife Judy, with whom he has two children.[2] As of 2006, he was working as a stock broker for Research Capital in Toronto.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Sandy Goss. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Swimming Canada Inducts Goss, Kerr into Circle of Excellence," Swimming World (27 November 2006). Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Florida Swimming & Diving 2011–12 Media Supplement, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 61, 62, 64, 67, 78, 79 (2011). Retrieved 12 April 2012.