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George Young

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George Young with his escort boat during the 1927 Wrigley Ocean Marathon Swim. Photo courtesy of Catalina Channel swimmer Chris Geer of Channel Twenty-one
William Wrigley, Jr. with George Young after the 1927 Wrigley Ocean Marathon Swim. Photo courtesy of Catalina Channel swimmer Chris Geer of Channel Twenty-one
#1 Jimmie Tosaka of Japan, #2 Marvin Nelson, #3 Mendell Burditt, #4 Walter Johnson, #5 Sam Shields, #6 Isadore Spondor, #7 George Young, and #8 Bill Goll, entrants in the 1931 Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto
George Young after his 15 mile 1931 CNE victory in 8 hours and 8 minutes. His trainer Johnny Walker with towel over shoulder and George’s mother Mrs. J. Young. The record seems to indicate that 182 started and 3 finished in the cold lake.
George Young, winner and sole finisher of the 1927 Wrigley Ocean Marathon

George Young (born 1910 in Scotland, died 6 August 1972, nickname the Catalina Kid) was a marathon swimmer from Canada who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1963 as an Honour Swimmer and in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2014 as an Honor Open Water Swimmer.

Open Water Swimming Career

Under the tutelage of coach Johnny Walker, training at Toronto's West End YMCA pool, Young had a well-deserved reputation in the open water.

International Professional Swimmers Association

Young was voted as an Associate for Life in the International Professional Swimmers Association founded in New York City in 1927.

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