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Beginning his swimming career with the Thunder Bay Thunderbolts Swim Club in 1973, Bill went on to serve as a member of the Canadian National Swim Team from 1975-82, representing our region with distinction at numerous national, international and world events.

Competing at the national level, Bill amassed an amazing record, earning close to 40 top three finishes and claiming Canadian titles. Bill's success at the international level was just as impressive. In his first year on the national team, Bill claimed a bronze medal in the 200m Individual Medley at the Pan-Am Games. At the 1979 Games, Bill increased his medal collection to include 3 more silver and 2 bronze.

Bill's success at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton brought the eyes of the world upon him as he set a record by winning a total of 7 medals, the most by one individual an the Games' history. He helped Canada's relay teams earn two gold and a silver medal and individually claimed silver medals in the 100m Freestyle and 200m Medley and bronze medals in the 400m Individual Medley and 100m Butterfly.

Bill made his Olympic appearance in 1976. Just two years after being named to the national team, Bill put in an impressive 9th place finish in the 400m Individual Medley. In 1980, while at the peak of his career, Canada unfortunately boycotted the Olympic Games, disallowing Bill the chance to compete.

While attending the University of Florida, Bill was named the 1980 Southeastern Conference Swimmer of the Year. Following his retirement from competitive swimming, Bill chose to pass along his talents to the next generation of swimmers, currently acting as a coach in British Columbia.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 29, 1990

Bill Sawchuk

Thunder Bay
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