Robert Cossette of Canada was inducted as an Honour Swimmer in 2004 in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and was a member of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation. Despite being crippled in one leg by polio, Cossette participated in the 32 km (19.8-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean from 1955 to 1965, the 32 km (19.8-mile) Traversée de la Manche from England to France in 1965 in 12 hours 5 minutes, the 51 km (32-mile) Traversée du Lac Ontario (Marathon de Brading), the Ste-Anne de Beaupré, the 70K (44-mile) Montréal swim, the 35 km (22-mile) Around Atlantic City Swim, the 16K (10-mile) Trois-Rivières Swim, the Marathon de l’Expo de Toronto, the Lac Simon Swim, the Détroit de Juan de Fuca and La Gilman Chibougamau Swim. He was the first person to swim 37 km (23 miles) from Chicoutimi to Bagotville in the Saguenay River in Canada that resulted in the annual la Descente ou remontée du Saguenay numerous times. He was president from 1973 to 1988 of the Marathon du Saguenay and trained several swimmers for la Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean and 37 km (23-mile) la Descente du Saguenay.
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