Cliff Lumsdon

Cliff Lumsdon Park and the plaque are located at the foot of Sixth Street on Lake Shore Drive in Etobicoke (Toronto), Ontario. Prior to his death, Cliff Lumsdon and his family lived on Fifth Street.
The geographical co-ordinates of the plaque are: 43 35' 42" N, 79 30' 06" W


Cliff Lumsdon was born April 13, 1931. By the age of
eighteen, he had earned international acclaim for long
distance swimming, winning the first of his four World
Championships. Seven years later, he became the first
swimmer to cross the icy waters of the Strait of Juan
De Fuca from Victoria, British Columbia to Port Angeles,
Washington. In 1949, he was awarded the Lou Marsh
Trophy as the country's outstanding athlete and, in 1976,
was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Lumsdon
was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1982.

Throughout his long career, Lumsdon received most of his
swimming instruction from the legendary coach Gus Ryder.
Lumsdon later went on to coach his daughter,
Kim Lumsdon, who successfully crossed
Lake Ontario on August 27, 1976.

On March 1, 1988, the Municipality of Metropolitan
Toronto dedicated this park in recognition of
Cliff Lumsdon's many outstanding achievements
and his lifelong contribution to the community.
He passed away August 31, 1991.

- The Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto -

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Last Updated: 21st March 2003