Monday, June 29, 2009

Like Father Like Daughter

Christine Cossette and Robert Cossette of Canada are the only father-daughter duo who have been inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. Interestingly, the daughter (1982) was inducted before the father (2004).

In 1084, the 22-year-old Christine became the first person to complete a 64 km (39.7-mile) double-crossing of lac St-Jean in Quebec, Canada. After completing the first leg in 9 hours 29 minutes, she returned on the second leg in 8 hours 59 minutes. Her 18 hours 27 minute swim led to an annual double-crossing race held from 1985 to 1989.

Despite being crippled in one leg by polio, Robert 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, the 51 km (32-mile) Traversée du Lac Ontario (Marathon de Brading), the Ste-Anne de Beaupré, the 70 km (44-mile) Montréal swim, the 35 km (22-mile) Around Atlantic City Swim, the 16 km (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 the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean and the 37 km (23-mile) la Descente du Saguenay.

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