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Nancy Garapick Inducted into Canada's Sport Hall of Fame

Nancy Garapick
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Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame

On November 5, 2008 Nancy Garapick will be inducted into Canada's Sport Hall of Fame alongside former world heavyweight Lennox Lewis, the 1996 Olympic 4x100 relay team, speed skater Marc Gagnon, and NHL phenomenon Steve Yzerman. Garapick will be the 18th Nova Scotian to be inducted in the Canada's Sport Hall of Fame.

A native of Halifax Nova Scotia, Garapick is well recognized for her outstanding achievements in swimming. At the age of fourteen she became the youngest individual ever to be named Canada's "Female Athlete of the Year". In 1975, at the age of thirteen she established a world record in the 200 metre backstroke.

At seven years of age Garapick began her fifteen-year competitive swimming career in Halifax. She went on to be the youngest participant in the 1973 Canada Summer Games where she led the Nova Scotia contingent as the flag bearer. Her career began to flourish and in 1974 she captured her first National Championship medal. In the same year she established 12 National age group records and 79 Provincial records.

During the 1976 Montreal Olympics Garapick set an Olympic record in the 100m backstroke and was the only Canadian to receive two individual medals; a bronze in the 100m and 200m backstroke.

After the 1976 Olympics, Garapick wanted more of a challenge and started competing in the individual medley. She won the American A.A.U. 200m and 400m IM titles in record time, and in 1977 she had the world best times in the same events. Her versatility as an athlete is reflected in 38 Canadian Championship medals, 17 national titles, and the 60 medals she won for Canada in international competition between 1975 and 1981.

As a student at the University of Sothern California, Garapick set U.S College records. She returned to Canada to become a double-medal Olympian. Garapick retired from competition after winning five gold medals for Dalhousie at the 1983 Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union Championship.

Nancy Garapick was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1986.

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