Swim Alberta – Hall of Fame Inductees

Swim Alberta inducted Cheryl Gibson into the Alberta Swimming Hall of Fame at the 2015 Swim Alberta Awards Banquet that took place in Canmore on October 3, 2015.   

Cheryl Gibson was inducted into the Swimming Hall of Fame with a Distinction Award.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Cheryl was introduced to swimming by her father who often brought the family to public pools to swim.  She started her competitive career with the Mill Creek Swim Club moving onto Edmonton Y Torpedos’ and then the Olympian Swim Club coached by Susan Smith.  In November of 1975, Cheryl moved to Vancouver to join legendary coach Deryk Snelling’s Canadian Dolphins program.  She attended Arizona State University on a swimming scholarship, graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree.  She went on to obtain her Chartered Accountant designation followed by a law degree from the University of Toronto.  

Over her swimming career, Cheryl medaled at the following international meets:

  • 1975 Pan American Games – Silver in the 200 Fly, 400 IM and Bronze in the 200 IM and 200 Back. 
  • 1976 Olympics – Silver 400 IM in a time of 4:48.10 also earning her a World Record
  • 1978 Commonwealth Games – Gold in 200 Back, Bronze in the 100 Back and 400 IM
  • 1978 World Aquatic Championships – Bronze in the 100 and 200 Backstroke
  • 1979 Pan American Games – Silver in the 100 and 200 Backstroke and 4 x 100 Medley relay
  • 1982 Commonwealth Games – Gold 4 x 100 MR, Silver in the 200 IM and Bronze in the 200 Backstroke

During her swimming career, Gibson won 34 National Titles and held numerous Canadian and commonwealth records.  Some national records were held for more than 20 years and an Alberta Short Course provincial record in the 400 IM stood for 30 years before it was broken in 2008. 

Gibson has given back to Edmonton’s sporting community as a member of the 1996 Sponsor Committee for the World Figure Skating Championships, and Co-chair of the FINA World Cup series in 1998 and 1999 that was hosted in Edmonton.  She was Vice Chair of the organizing committee for the 2002 Canadian Olympic Congress and currently sits on the Swimming Canada Board of Directors where she was elected into the role of President this September. 

Swim Alberta is honored to be able to induct and recognize Cheryl Gibson in the Alberta Swimming Hall of Fame.  The Alberta Swimming Hall of Fame – Distinction Award recognizes a retired athlete who is/has been a world record holder, medalist at either the Olympic Games or Worlds Championships and also at one of the Commonwealth, Pan Pacific, Pan Am or World Student Games.  It further recognizes and honors the extraordinary achievement or contributions by an individual. 

Click to view the photos of all the award winners.