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Tom Park

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Tom Park (completing Catalina), an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
From left International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmers Tom Park, Margaret Park and George Park in the last 1960s at the awards event after a race in Lac Simon
Photo from the Sam Rockett collection shows the swimmers of the 1956 Butlin's International Cross-Channel Swimming Race including 1 Jack McClelland (32 from Belfast), 2 Jack Cloutier (24) Canada, 3 Dogan Sahin (25 from Turkey), 4 Ronald Tarr (19 from London), 5 Clarence Conza (33 from New Zealand), 6 Ian Tirrell (33 from South Africa), 7 Erik Martin (53 from Sweden), 8 Jenny James (28 from Wales), 9 Maria Meesters (17 from Holland), 10 Baptista Pereira (35 from Portugal), 11 Margaret Sweeney (26 from New Zealand), 12 Greta Anderson (29 from Denmark), 13 Elizabeth Wild (22 from New Zealand), 14 Florence Burdett (27 from America), 15 Diana Cleverley (22 from New Zealand), 16 Brenda Fisher (28 from Grimsby), 17 Thomas Park (32 from California), 18 Harold Bracewell (47 from Blackpool), 19 Edward (Ned) Barnie (59 from Scotland), 20 Arthur Rizzo (28 from Malta), 21 Mohammed El Soussi (28 from Syria), 22 Fredrick Oldman (40 from Huddersfield). 23 Mihir Zen (27 from India), 24 Alfredos Camarero (25 from Argentina). Toufic Bleik (25 from Lebanon), Kurt Feilen (30 from Germany), John Healey (29 from Ireland), and Edna Borenstein (19 from Israel) are not included in the photo

Thomas Park was an dual citizen Canadian/American professional marathon swimmer who qualified for the 1940 Olympics (cancelled due to the war). He born in Scotland and was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968 as an Honour Swimmer. He was a member of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation from 1944 who completed two Oceans Seven channels.

Open Water Swimming Career

1955 Billy Butlin Cross Channel International Swim Results

The 1955 Billy Butlin Cross Channel International Swim was won by Egypt's Abdul Latif Abou Heif in 11 hours 44 minutes over America's Tom Park in 12 hours 2 minutes. The official results were as follows:

1. Abdul Latif Abou Heif (Egypt) 11:44
2. Tom Park (USA) 12:02
3. Syder Guiscardo (Argentina) 14:33
4. Damien Beltran (Mexico) 15:08

1955 Billy Butlin Cross Channel International Swim Video

Family

Tom Park has a brother George Park and a sister Margaret Park who are also inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as Honour Swimmers in the Class of 1978 and Class of 2000 respectively.

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