GEORGE GATE (CAN)
1989 Honor Coach
FOR THE RECORD: OLYMPIC COACH: 1968; COMMONWEALTH GAMES COACH: 1954; PAN AMERICAN GAMES COACH: 1963; WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS COACH: 1973; MACCABIAH GAMES COACH: 1977, 1981; Head Coach Aquatic Director of Ocean Falls, B.C.: 1950-1964; Head Coach Aquatic Director Montreal Amateur Athletic Association: 1964-1966; Head Coach Aquatic Director at Pointe Claire: 1966 to 1990's; 1982 Aquatic Hall of Fame Canada; 1983 Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
During World War II service with the British Royal Navy, George Gate saw action in the North Atlantic, the Pacific and in the British convoys to Russia. He had been a swimmer of modest accomplishment as champion of North England with the Border City Aquatic Club. At wars end he returned to become Cumberland and Westmoreland Champion. He wanted to become a forester in New Zealand but instead was a logger on Vancouver Island and then a mail clerk with Simpson Sears. He then took a job as Pool Manager of the tiny Olympiad pool in the pulp town of Ocean Falls, British Columbia. Gate coached Canadians at the Empire and Commonwealth Games with a team dominated by his Ocean Falls swimmers. Gate stayed at Ocean Falls for 14 years developing such great swimmers as Jack Kelso, Lenore Fisher, the three Gilchrest brothers and Iron Man Ralph Hutton.
At the famed Montreal Athletic Association and at Point Claire he developed many more world class swimmers including world record holders Wendy Quirk and Peter Szmidt. All totaled, Gate coached 33 swimmers to Commonwealth, Pan-American, World Championship or Olympic Games, 10 from Ocean Falls and 23 from Montreal. He was head coach of the Canadian team at the first World Championship in Belgrade in 1973. He also coached the 1968 Canadian Olympic Team.
George Gate is most proud of his programs in diving, synchronized swimming and water safety. He has developed 14 nationally ranked Canadian coaches from his swimmers, including 3 Olympic coaches, the Johnson brothers and Cliff Barry. Pretty good for a British Seaman turned logger, lifeguard and mail-order clerk.