Marilyn Bell in middle of her successful swim

Channel Swim attempt

Marilyn Bell in the water with pacemaker. Gus snyder, trainer, in foreground with back to camera. J. Walkers boat King John of Dover behind

The 17-year-old Canadian schoolgirl from Toronto held the youngest swimmer title for many years. She swam Cap Gris Nez to East Wear Bay on 31/7/1955, time 14hrs 36mins,  accompanied by her trainer Gus Ryder and piloted by Jack Burwill. She was also the first person to swim Lake Ontario. She was inducted into The Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1967.

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