Winnie Roach-Leuszler

 

 

Age: 78

 

Summary: swimmer who became the first Canadian to swim the English Channel when she took a one-way ticket to France to enter a contest to swim the Channel counting on the prize money to get her back home to Toronto, and who went on to win the prize against 20 top athletes from around the world by crossing the channel in 13 hours and 25 minutes.

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications from diabetes

 

Born: February 3, 1926

 

Died: May 1, 2004

 

Location: White Rock, British Columbia, Canada