From Openwaterpediaopen water swimmer and coach who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Coach in 2006. Gilles participated in many of the Quebec, Canada professional marathon swims: 34K (21-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean, the 45K (28-mile) Saguenay River swim, the 24-hour Lac La Tuque relay (24 Heures La Tuque) (a total of 7 times), and the Trois-Rivières swim.
Potvin has the most coaching victories in the history of the Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean, guiding John Kinsella and Paul Asmuth to numerous wins in one of the most famous marathon swims in the world. He also coached the Canadian national [[open water swimming] team at the 1991 and 1994 World Swimming championships and was the former president of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation.
"Open water swimming is a sport I adore. It's one of the rare sports in which just finishing is an accomplishment."
IMSHOF Honour Coaches
- Richard “Dick” Campion, Australia, inducted 2010/11
- Gilles Potvin, Canada, inducted 2006
- Gus Ryder, Canada, inducted 1981
- Charles “Red” Silva, USA, inducted 1978
- Tom Watch, Great Britain, inducted 1986
- Freda Streeter, Great Britain, inducted 2005
- Don Watson, USA inducted 2013
- With A Valiant Heart, Nothing Is Impossible
- Gilles Potvin Still Passionate 71 Years Into It
- International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
- Canadian open water swimming
- Open Water Swimming
- Marathon Swimming
- Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean
- What The Mind Believes, The Body Achieves
- What Goes Around Comes Around
- Honour Coaches In The International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame