Robert Cossette

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Robert Cossette of Canada was inducted as an Honour Swimmer in 2004 in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. Despite being crippled in one leg by polio, Cossette participated in the 32K (19.8-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean from 1955 to 1965, the 32K (19.8-mile) Traversée de la Manche from Angleterre – France, the 51K (32-mile) Traversée du Lac Ontario (Marathon de Brading), the Ste-Anne de Beaupré, the 70K (44-mile) Montréal swim, the 35K (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 37K (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 37K (23-mile) la Descente du Saguenay.

His daughter Christine Cossette is a fellow Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

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