Bell Is Rung & Heard In The International Swimming Hall of FameCourtesy of International Swimming Hall of Fame, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Marilyn Bell stood and swam among the giants of the sport – and her legacy will be permanently recognized by the global swimming community upon her induction in the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
From the age of 16 when she became the first person to complete a cross-border swim across Lake Ontario between the United States and Canada, Bell has had a special place in the hearts of her fellow Canadians.
Her 20 hour 59 minute swim across Lake Ontario was extensively covered live by Canadian radio and newspapers. Honors, accolades and awards were showered upon her. Her celebrity and her unprecedented swim was so profoundly impactful in Canada that she was named as the Canadian Newsmaker of the Year in 1954.
She later became the youngest person to swim across the English Channel and swam across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
In 2001, a movie about her life called, Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story, was released in Canada. Half of the movie is devoted to her historic crossing.
Bell will be honored as an Honor Open Water Swimmer at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction dinner on April 25th 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This honor follows her 1967 induction as an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.
Photo shows Bell with fellow Canadian Hall of Famers George Young and Cliff Lumsdon with American TV celebrity Ed Sullivan in 1954.
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