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Memorable Manitobans: Catherine Ross Gordon Kerr (1921-2014)

Athlete, community activist.

Born at Edinburgh, Scotland on 25 January 1921, daughter of Marion and Thomas Gordon, she came to Canada as an infant. She won a national speed swimming championship at the age of 14 and continued to compete in speed swimming and synchronized swimming for several decades. She held Canadian and world records in swimming. She later served as a coach, official, and administrator, was founding President of the Manitoba section of the Canadian Amateur Synchronized Swimming Association, worked with the Manitoba Sports Federation, and helped to organize the Canadian Aquatic Hall of Fame. In 1985, she was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. She died at Winnipeg on 21 March 2014, predeceased by her husband Donald Kerr, and survived by their six children.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 April 2014, page B15.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 April 2014

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