Greg Streppel was the Canadian open water swimmer of the year in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995. He represented Canada at the 1991 World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia and at the 1994 World Swimming Championships in Rome, Italy. He was recognized in 2009 through Swimming Canada's Circle of Excellence. He won the 25 km gold medal at the 1994 World Championships and is an Honour Swimmer inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1996.
In 1995, he was recognized in his home town by being presented with the Tim Turow Cambridge athlete of the year award. Streppel was the Canadian marathon swimming champion from 1990 to 1995. In 1993 and 1995, he won the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships marathon swim. He eventually won 11 FINA World Cup marathon swimming races in Argentina, Mexico, and Italy in the 1994 and 1995 Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda, a 57 km (35-mile) FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix race held in the Coronda River in Argentina. Between 1992 and 1995, he won every FINA open water swimming race he entered and won 13 of the last 16 races of his career. He won the 7 km Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H2O Swim on Oahu.
A graduate of the University of British Columbia with a degree in pharmacy, Streppel began swimming with the Cambridge Aquajets at the age of 10, quickly winning five provincial titles. He made it to his first Summer Nationals at the age of 15 and was the youngest competitor in the race. Between 1988 and 1995 he was a member of the Canadian national team, excelling in both the pool and marathon events. He finished sixth at the 1998 World University Games in 1988 at Sarajevo.
Streppel is still participating in masters swimming and open water swimming competitions at the age 46, and posted a 16:56 for 1500 short course meters swim at the 2014 Canadian Masters swimming championships.
Swimming Canada's Circle of Excellence
The greatest Canadian swimmers of all time are recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the sport of swimming through Swimming Canada's Circle of Excellence. In order to be considered for nomination, a swimmer must have achieved: a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games or Short Course World championships or; a gold, silver or bronze medal at the Olympics or Long Course World Championships.
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