Channel Swimmers

Robert Cossette

Canadian - Polio Victim

Swimmer Robert Cossette
Age 35-39 ???
Home Chicoutimi ??
Country Canada
Date of Swim ?? August 1964
Start Time ??:??
Swim Time 12 hours 5 minutes
Starting Point France
Finish England
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Robert`s 12:05 time for the Channel belies the fact that he had been a polio victim in his youth which had left him crippled in one leg.
Apart from his conquest of the English Channel, Robert has a list of impressive accomplishments and contributions to marathon swimming:
* He competed in the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean 8 times from 1955 to 1965, with 3 official finishes in the 30 km swims:
. 1959, 5th, 13:00:52.
. 1960, 4th, 14:44:00.
. 1961, 7th, 14:37:17.
* Traversée du Lac Ontario (Marathon de Brading), the Ste-Anne de Beaupré, 51 km (32-mile).
* The Montréal swim, 70 km (44-mile) .
* The Atlantic City Around-the-Island Swim, 35 km (22-mile) .
* The Trois-Rivières Swim, 16 km.
* The Marathon de l'Expo de Toronto.
* The Lac Simon Swim.
* The Détroit de Juan de Fuca.
* The La Gilman Chibougamau Swim.

Robert was the first person to swim 37 km (23 miles) from Chicoutimi to Bagotville in the Saguenay River in Canada that resulted in the annual la Descente ou remontée du Saguenay.

He was president from 1973 to 1988 of the Marathon du Saguenay and trained several swimmers for the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean and the 37 km (23-mile) la Descente du Saguenay.

Robert was inducted into the IMSHOF in 2004.

In the mid-1990's, Robert swam in Masters competitions in Quebec and set a number of Freestyle records in the 65-69 age-group:
200 m Free, 3:21.26: Mar 1995
400 m Free, 6:46.60: Mar 1995
800 m Free, 15:32.24 (1,500 m split): Apr 1996
1,500 m Free, 29:17.34: Apr 1996

Material supplied by:
WOWSA newsletter, 28 Feb 2014
Wind, Waves and Sunburn
Christian Berger: Masters Swimming Canada Statistician

Created: 8th March 2014
Last Updated: 17th March 2014