London’s Aquatic Wall of Fame honoring swimmers Maggie Mac Neil and Jillian Greatest – London

London’s Aquatic Wall of Fame honoring swimmers Maggie Mac Neil and Jillian Greatest – London

London Olympian Maggie Mac Neil and long-distance swimmer Jillian Best are among those inducted into the City of London’s Aquatic Wall of Fame.

The ceremony will take place on Friday 13 May at 3:20pm at the Canada Games Aquatic Center in London’s East End.

Mac Neil is named in the Olympic Athlete category, while varsity swimmers Charis Huddle and Best are named in the Achievers of Distinction in Aquatics category.

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At the postponed Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics last year, Mac Neil brought home three Olympic medals, one in each colour.

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In December 2021, she also set a new Canadian record in the 100m butterfly and a world record in the 50m backstroke.

Last summer, Best raised over $90,000 for organ translation recipients when she swam 32 miles across Lake Ontario.

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Best, herself an organ transplant recipient, has teamed up with her Move for Life Foundation, which she set up to reduce the organ transplant waiting list.

The fundraiser helped buy new equipment for organ transplants at the London Health Sciences Centre.

The Wall of Fame was developed in November 1992 to recognize athletes who have made a significant contribution to watersports while representing London.

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The wall was dedicated to Judge Allan Guthrie, a freestyle swimmer at Western University who held the Ontario university record in 1965.

– with files by Andrew Graham and Jacquelyn LeBel of Global News and The Canadian Press

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