|Preceded by||William C. Davis|
|Succeeded by||Steve Owens|
August 20, 1957|
|Died||May 19, 2016
(aged 58) liver cancer|
Cynthia Maria "Cindy" Nicholas, CM (August 20, 1957 – May 19, 2016) was a long distance swimmer and a politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1987 to 1990 who represented the east Toronto riding of Scarborough Centre.
At age 16 she attained provincial fame by swimming across Lake Ontario in 15 hours and 10 minutes. She later swam across the English Channel on 19 occasions, including the first two-way crossing by a woman. She completed a record five two-way crossings including two in one year, earning her the sobriquet Queen of the Channel. She was named top female athlete of the year in 1977 and given the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award. In 1979 she was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In 1993, she was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2005. She was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
- Two Way Channel Swims
1977 - 19 h 55 mins (10 h 05 mins quicker than the previous record)
being the first woman to complete the two way crossing and breaking the previous mans record. 1979 - 19 h 12 mins
1981 - 22 h 21 mins
1982 - 18 h 55 mins
1982 - 20 h 09 mins
She was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1987 provincial election, defeating New Democratic Party candidate Menno Vorster by 3,396 votes. For the next three years, Nicholas served as a backbench supporter of David Peterson's government. She was parliamentary assistant to the Solicitor General from 1989 to 1990.
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- "Cindy Nicholas top female star". Montreal Gazette. December 22, 1977. p. 12.
- "Four athletes inducted into Canadian Hall of Fame". The Ottawa Citizen. October 29, 1993. p. C6.
- "Cindy Nicholas (CAN): Honor Open Water Swimmer". International Swimming Hall of Fame. 2005.
- "Cindy Nicholas". Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. 2003.
- "Two Way Channel Swim Successes" (PDF). Channel Swimming Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 9, 2008.
- "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2.
- "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12.