Marilyn Bell at Folkestone Baths

Marilyn Bell at Folkestone Baths

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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