On 27th August 1976, at age 19 and coached by her father Cliff, Kim Lumsdon became the eleventh person to swim across Lake Ontario with a time of 21 hour 27 minutes from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Ontario Place.
30 years later, at age 49, Kim completed the same crossing in a time of 26:38 on 5-6 August 2006.
Seen here, on the left, with Marilyn Bell at the Niagara Plaque dedication in October 1994.
Kim was born in 1957, took-up swimming at age 9, and competed in age-group competitions for several years before following in her father's footsteps and entering the World Long Distance Professional Circuit. She competed on The Circuit of professional swims for several years, taking second or third places each year from 1972 to 1976 inclusive. She completed with Canadians Loreen Passfield and Cindy Nicholas in the 1977 Lac Saint-Jean 32 km (20 mile) race, finishing in 11 hours 6 minutes.
Kim competed in Masters competitions for several years. She placed regularly in the Ontario Top-10 for the 800 m and 1,500 m Free. In the 40-45 age-group she held the Ontario Masters' record for the 1000 yards Free with a time of 15:06 which she set in 1997.
Kim is the owner of the Kim Lumsdon Swim Club She worked previously as a part-time teacher in Physical Education at the University of Toronto, and is the Aquatic Manager of the Boulevard Club.
Kim's awards include:
* Special Achievement Ward by the Province of Ontario in recognition of her contribution to Fitness and Amateur Sport.
* 1996 Coach of the Year by the Splash Program.
* Inducted into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame, 16 July 2016.
Kim continues to have eyes on the challenge of becoming the oldest female to cross Lake Ontario, and is training intensively for her target of 2023.
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