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ASU Swim Alumna Cheryl Gibson Nominated for FINA Bureau

Sep 25, 2020

CANADA-- Sun Devil for Life and four-time All-American swimmer Cheryl A. Gibson was nominated by Aquatics Canada, the overarching governing body for aquatic sports in Canada, to become the next FINA Bureau Member from Canada.

The Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) accepted the nomination and will put Gibson's name forward at the FINA General Congress in spring 2021.

"We are thrilled to have Cheryl, a 1976 Olympic medallist, take on this new role," said AC President Lisa Schott. "She has an athlete-first approach and will bring strong Canadian values to the position."

As a Sun Devil, Gibson claimed six national titles. In 1979 she won the 200 back and 400 free relay, in 1979 she won the 400 free relay and in 1981 she was a national champion in the 200 back, 400 IM and 400 medley relay.

Inducted in 1995, Gibson is a proud member of the Sun Devil Hall of Fame.

"The nomination of Cheryl Gibson as a FINA Bureau Member is a testament to her long-term commitment to the sport of swimming," ASU associate head coach Rachel Stratton-Mills said. "To have an Arizona State alumna be nominated to the highest level of aquatics governance is a real honor for this program and we are incredibly proud of her continued accomplishments in the sport."

While representing Canada at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montréal, she won a silver medal in the 400 IM. Gibson is a six-time Commonwealth Games medalist over two Games and seven-time Pan American Games medalist.

She is a member of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and the Swimming Circle of Excellence. Since 2012 Gibson has served on the Swimming Canada board, but took on the role as president in 2015.

"It is so important that women continue to have a place in the decision making of our sport. With only 3 out of 25 voting members of the FINA Bureau being women, we are still not where we should be. But Cheryl will bring a much-needed voice to the FINA Bureau and set an example for future female leaders to follow," Stratton-Mills said.