Helen Vanderburg

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Helen Vanderburg (born January 12, 1959) is a former Canadian synchronized swimmer.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Vanderburg was the first non-American to win the World Championship at both the Solo and Duet events (with partner Michelle Calkins). She retired from competition in 1979, earned a Physical Education degree, and currently owner and operator of a Calgary business dedicated to physical fitness. She was elected to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. She was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1980. In 1985, she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.




  • World Championships (in Berlin) - gold in both solo and duet
  • Canadian Senior Champion - solo, duet and figures


  • Pan Pacific Games - gold in duet; silver in solo and team
  • Canadian Senior Champion - both solo and duet


  • Canadian Jr. Champion - both solo and duet

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