George Burleigh (swimmer)

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George Burleigh
George Burleigh.jpg
Personal information
Born1914 (1914)
Died1984 (aged 69–70)
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesFreestyle

George Burleigh (1914–1984) was a Canadian swimmer. He won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 1930 and 1934.[1] and held Canadian freestyle swimming records in the 1930s.

Early life and education[edit]

In 1925, Burleigh began to swim at the West End YMCA in Toronto.[2]

Career[edit]

From 1930 to 1938, Burleigh held every Canadian record in freestyle swimming ranging from the 50 yd freestyle to the mile freestyle.[2] During this time period, he won a total of 7 medals at the British Empire Games.[3]

Retirement[edit]

After ending his swimming career in 1938, Burleigh went to teach at the West End YMCA and retired in Wybridge, Ontario.[2]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Burleigh was inducted in the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1976.[4] Posthumously, he was inducted in the Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame in 2000 [5] and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ COMMONWEALTH GAMES MEDALLISTS - SWIMMING AND DIVING (MEN) Retrieved 27 March 2017
  2. ^ a b c McCarty, Cressy A.M. (July 1945). "A Swimming Flashback - George Burleigh". Swim Canada. Vol. 5 no. 45. p. 7. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Commonwealth Games Federation - Search Atheletes, Games, Countries, Medals and Games Results". Commonwealth Games Federation. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame". olympic.ca. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Swim - Ontario Hall of Fame". Swim Ontario. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Canada's Sports Hall of Fame". sportshall.ca. Retrieved 20 August 2017.