Great Scott! In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

John Scott is an outstanding freestyler from Toronto, Canada.

From the age of 13, his career took off both in the pool where he trained under Olympic coach Deryk Snelling to the open water especially in Lake Ontario.

In addition to his own success in the water, Scott has continued to give back to the sport in myriad ways. In addition to serving as the Chairman of the 1997 Special Olympics World Winter Games, he has served as a Swim Master, pace swimmer and crew member in various swims with Solo Swims of Ontario, including 15 swims in Lake Ontario (32 miles), Lake Simcoe, Lake Erie, Manitoulin Island to Tobermory (25 miles), and the Catalina Channel.

He has helped Colleen Shield, Shaun Chisholm, Nicole Harrison, Dan Foster, Shelagh Freedman, and Carlos Costa in Lake Ontario, Ashley Cowan in Lake Simcoe, Shield from Tobermory to Manitoulin Island, Costa in the Catalina Channel, and Rick Wood across Lake Erie.

Even when Scott did his own open water swims, he was thinking of others.

In his 1991 Lake Ontario attempt, he raised $10,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation. In 1992, he raised for the Special Olympics with another Lake Ontario swim in 14 hours 50 minutes. In 1994, he raised $35,000 for the Special Olympics via his next Lake Ontario swim in 14 hours 42 minutes and helped establish a plaque at Niagara-on-the-Lake for swimmers who complete the Lake Ontario swim. He also participated in 2 relays across Lake Ontario and completed an unprecedented 19.5-mile swim from Christian Island to Collingwood in Georgian Bay, Ontario.

John Scott, a master of the open water, indeed.

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