Gibson, Cheryl – 1986

Gibson, Cheryl – 1986

Cheryl Gibson

Swimming Athlete, Edmonton

Inducted in 1986


Cheryl Gibson has won many national and international swimming events since she began competing in 1974. She set ten records during the process. In national competition she has won 34 gold, 15 silver, and 13 bronze medals. Internationally, she has swum in both the 1975 and 1979 Pan American Games, United States National Championships, Montreal Olympic Games, and the 1978 and 1982 Commonwealth Games. Cheryl Gibson brought home four gold, seven silver, and five bronze medals from those meets. Her medals include a silver for the 400 Individual Medley race at the Montreal Olympics. In 1975, she became the first female swimmer in the Western World to break the five minute mark with a time of 4:58:66 which was set in the 400 Individual Medley event at the Canadian Championships. Cheryl Gibson was recognized as the Canadian Female Athlete of the Year in 1977.

Cheryl Gibson

1986 Swimming Athlete, Edmonton


Since Induction


Cheryl retired from swimming in the 1980s and remained involved with swimming and with other sporting event committees. She served on the board of Swimming Canada throughout the years, from 1983 to 1994, and then again beginning in 2012. She was elected President of Swimming Canada in September 2015. Cheryl has also served as a member of the of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Administration and Finance Committee.

Cheryl was inducted into at least six halls of fame including the: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame (1986), Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame (1991), Arizona State University Sports Hall of Fame (1996), Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (1991), Swim BC Hall of Fame (2005), and the Alberta Swimming Hall of Fame - with Distinction (2015.) Cheryl has received numerous awards including the YMCA Women of Distinction Award (1998) and the Swimming Canada Circle of Excellence (2009).


Honours and Awards

1986 - Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

1991 - Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame

1996 - Arizona State University Sports Hall of Fame

1998 - YMCA Women of Distinction Award

2001 - Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame

2005 - Swim BC Hall of Fame

2009 - Swimming Canada Circle of Excellence

2015 - Alberta Swimming Hall of Fame inductee, with Distinction. Ceremonies were held in Canmore October 3, 2015.


Prior to Induction

1977 - Cheryl was named the Canadian Female Athlete of the Year


Board and Committee work

1996 - Sponsor Committee member for the World Figure Skating Championships

1998 & 1999 - Co-chair of the FINA World Cup series that was hosted in Edmonton.

2002 - Canadian Olympic Congress - Vice Chair of the organizing committee.

2012 - Swimming Canada Board of Directors Member

2015 - Swimming Canada - elected President in September.

Update: October 2015


More about Cheryl (from swimvortex.com) September 2015

Gibson, a Chartered Accountant and lawyer, is a partner at the law firm of Dentons Canada LLP, and has been recognized as a leading Canadian expert in the field of tax law. She is a Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and is a member of the Administration and Finance Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency.


She was a member of the national swim team from 1974 to 1982 and won a silver medal in women’s 400m individual medley at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Gibson was also a medallist at world championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games, and her many accolades include induction to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2001 and Swimming Canada Circle of Excellence. She has been on the board since 2012 and previously served from 1983 to 1994.