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John Scott

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John Scott's book My Magical Moments Journal, released 15 September 2021 on Amazon
John Scott, photo courtesy of Solo Swims of Ontario

John R. Scott (born 1 February 1961) is a Canadian pool and open water swimmer, coach, speaker, and author from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He trains with North Toronto Masters’ Swim Team. Scott has worked for Scotia McLeod since 1988 and is Director & Branch Manager, Wealth Management in Toronto. He was Chairman of the 1997 Special Olympics World Winter Games which shows his dedication in supporting all athletes and athletic endeavours.

Swimming Highlights[edit]

  • He authored the book More Great. Less Grind.
  • On 15 September 2021, he released his book My Magical Moments Journal on Amazon.
  • Scott started swimming with the North York Aquatic Club (NYAC) at age 13, moved to Etobicoke Swim Club and was coached by Olympic coach, Deryk Snelling at the University of Calgary.
  • Scott is a former Canadian National qualifier in freestyle, (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m & 1500m).
  • Scott serves as a Swim Master.
  • He competed in the 2014 World Masters Games in Montreal, Canada.
  • In 2004, he participated in a relay across Lake Ontario to commemorate 50 years since Marilyn Bell’s first successful crossing.
  • In 1996, he completed a solo 19.5 mile swim from Christian Island to Collingwood in Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada. Scott was the first person to attempt and complete this swim, finishing in 10 hours 12 minutes.
  • In 1995, he participated on the winning relay team across Lake Ontario.
  • In 1994, he set the Canadian and amateur record in making a 51 km crossing of Lake Ontario in 14 hours 42 minutes at age of 33.
  • In 1992, he set the Canadian amateur record across Lake Ontario, finishing in 14 hours 50 minutes.
  • In 1991, he attempted a 51 km crossing of Lake Ontario, but was pulled out due to a storm after 7 hours and 12 miles.

Open Water Crewing Career[edit]

As a Swim Master, pacer or crew member, Scott has assisted in 17 open water swims in Lake Ontario (32 miles), Lake Simcoe, Lake Erie, Manitoulin Island to Tobermory (25 miles) in Lake Huron, and the Catalina Channel, California.

• 2012 - Swim Master for Colleen Shield’s Lake Ontario attempt.
• 2008 - Swim Master for Shaun Chisholm’s successful Lake Ontario crossing.
• 2006 - Monitored a trial swim in Lake Simcoe for Ashley Cowan, a quadruple amputee.
• 2006 - Pacer on Colleen Shield’s successful Lake Ontario swim.
• 2005 - Swim Master for Colleen Shield’s and Nicole Harrison’s Lake Ontario attempt.
• 1997 - Swim Master for Colleen Shield’s Tobermory to Manitoulin Island attempt.
• 1995 - Swim Master for Colleen Shield’s successful Tobermory to Manitoulin Island crossing.
• 1993 – Assisted on Dan Foster’s successful Lake Ontario crossing.
• 1993 – Paced the last few miles on Shelagh Freedman’s successful Lake Ontario crossing.
• 1993 – Assisted on Carlos Costa’s successful Catalina Channel crossing.
• 1992 - Assisted on Carlos Costa’s successful Lake Ontario swim.
• 1991 – Assisted on Carlos Costa’s Lake Ontario attempt (Carlos Costa is a double amputee).
• 1990 – Assisted on Colleen Shield’s successful Lake Ontario.
• 1990 - Pacer for Rick Wood’s successful double crossing of Lake Erie.


• 1995 - Awarded the Cliff Lumsdon Award for SSO, (Solo Swim of Ontario) for his swimming achievements.
• 1994 - Led the creation of a plaque at Niagara-on-the-Lake for swimmers who complete the Lake Ontario swim.
• 1994 - Raised $35,000 for the Special Olympics via his Lake Ontario swim.
• 1993 - Honourary Head Coach for the Special Olympics Canadian Team.
• 1992 - Raised $50,000 for Special Olympics via his Lake Ontario swim.
• 1991 - Raised $10,000 for Children’s Wish Foundation via his Lake Ontario attempt.

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