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Catherine Kerr (January 25, 1921 - March 21, 2014)

Athlete/Swimming
Inducted 1985

For more than fifty years, Catherine (Gordon) Kerr has left the competition in her wake. From her first provincial age group championship in 1933 to her success as a masters swimmer, Cay Kerr has amassed an impressive record of sport achievements and, if the Second World War had not interrupted the Olympics, her talent would have been displayed at the international level. In addition to her prowess as a competitive swimmer, Kerr was involved in synchronized swimming as a competitor, coach, judge, and administrator.

In 1935, Kerr won her first Canadian championship and gained her first national record in 1937. In 1939, Kerr set two Canadian records, five provincial records, and won four Canadian championships. In 1940, Kerr attained three Canadian records, won five national titles, and was a nominee for the Canadian female athlete of the year.

Kerr continued to dominate the Manitoba and Canadian swimming scene until 1959 and made annual appearances at the national championships. In 1959, she turned her attention exclusively to synchronized swimming, a sport in which she won her first of seventeen provincial titles in 1948. Kerr enjoyed much success from 1959 to 1963 as she won five consecutive provincial solo titles and added two duet championships. Her dedication to sport continued through her work with the Manitoba Sports Federation and organization of the Canadian Aquatic Hall of Fame at the Pan-Am Pool. Kerr served as president of the Winnipeg Synchronized Swimming Club and was the founding president of the Manitoba Section of the Canadian Amateur Synchronized Swimming Association. As a senior, Kerr participated in synchronized and competitive swimming in the Masters age group events with much success.

Kerr holds sixteen provincial Masters age group records and won one gold, four silver, and two bronze medals in the World Masters swimming championships in New Zealand in 1984.

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Catherine Kerr's Induction Video

Catherine Kerr's Acceptance Speech