Sports Wall of Fame

Bowman, Malcolm S (Mac) 1921 - 1981

Bowman, Malcolm S (Mac) 1921 - 1981
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Malcolm was a chartered member of the Niagara Falls Y's Men's Club. In 1950 Malcolm started a swim program for boys seven years of age taking them to the YMCA in Niagara Falls, New York. In 1952 the club carried on its program at Falls View School pool and later transferred to the YMCA pool in 1972.

Malcolm started a competitive swim team among the different YMCA's in Southern Ontario, with the club growing from 12 swimmers to 60. After the 1976 Olympics for the Physically Disabled, Malcolm was asked by Jackie Mitchell to become her swim coach for the 1980 Olympics in Arnhem, Holland. By 1978 Malcolm had two physically challenged swimmers on his team. They both won gold medals at the Canadian Games for the Disabled in St John, Newfoundland. In 1979 Malcolm became the Canadian Coach for amputee swimmers in Stoke Mandeville, England.

At the games in Holland in 1980, the Canadian Amputees Swim Team received more medals in swimming than any other country. 

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Mac Bowman receiving an award from the Province of Ontario  Mac Bowman receiving an award from the Province of Ontario
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Title Malcolm S (Mac) Bowman 1921 - 1981 Swimming coach receiving an award from Pauline McGibbon
Description  title continued Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Notes  Mac Bowman was inducted into the City of Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame January 1990 ;
Date  July 10, 1980.
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