George Park

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George Park swimming with a Great White Shark in a 1968 professional marathon swim in Rhode Island to Block Island
George Park, world-class pool and open water swimmer from Canada
George Park was a Canadian pool and marathon swimmer and water polo player for the Hamilton Aquatic Club. He set Canadian records in the 50 and 100m freestyle and butterfly and qualified to be a member of the 1954 and 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. He anchored two 2nd place finish relays and came 4th in the 100m freestyle. He won a silver medal in the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico City in 100m freestyle and qualified for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.

Park also competed in the 1968 14.1-mile race from Narragansett, Rhode Island to Block Island where he encountered a Great White Shark. He also completed a 9-mile swim across the Northuberland Straits from Cape Tormintine to Borden Prince Edward Island. He competed in the 28-mile Saguenay River in 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1968 and the 16 km (10-mile) Hamilton Marathon Swim. In the 1964 race that started in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada, he finished in 9 hours 18 minutes, two hours ahead of the second place finisher, Armond Cloutier. He also competed in the 24 Heures La Tuque with American Billy Barton, and with Thomas Bucy in 1966.

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation

The World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation was formed in 1963 to promote professional marathon swimming and to rank the top professional marathon swimmers. Park was ranked 10th in 1964, 7th in 1966, 4th in 1967, and 6th in 1968.

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