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Achievement Highlights

* Was a record-breaking world champion swimmer and diver
* Won the Canadian diving championships four times
* Won a bronze medal at the British Empire Games and was part of a record-breaking Canadian relay team


 
Harry Class
Sports

1916 - 2011

Growing up on Homewood Avenue in Kitchener, Harry Class probably never imagined a pool bearing his name would be built just up the street, but after becoming a record-breaking world champion swimmer and diver, itís only natural that young Kitchener-Waterloo residents splash and train at a facility named after him.

In his 95 years, Harry had many notable achievements, both in and out of the pool.

As a young man, he won the Canadian diving championships four times, a bronze medal at the British Empire Games and was part of a record-breaking Canadian relay team.

He continued to compete even when he was in the army during the Second World War. Harry had joined the Canadian Army Intelligence Corp and was sent to Britain. It was during this time that he won his last swimming titles, including the Canadian Senior Menís Diving Championship in 1943.

Back in Canada after the war, Harry moved to Hamilton where he took a job in the frozen food business Ė a job that would eventually lead him to become president of the Ontario Frozen Food Council and a well-known, well-respected businessman.

In 1978, Harry moved back to his hometown, Kitchener, where he became an active volunteer with the Canadian Cancer society and served as president and coach of the KW YMCA swim team.

Similarly, not only was Harry the director of the Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame for 11 years, but he was also inducted there as a builder and a diver and was named an honourary member.

At 72, Harry got back in the pool and started swimming competitively again. Sixteen may have been his lucky number: he won 16 Canadian championships in the 70-74 age group and set 16 records. When he turned 75 and moved to the next age category up, he competed across North America and in Europe, winning 50 gold medals, four silver and four bronze. He also broke 37 records.

In 1992, Harry won six gold medals at the Senior Olympics in Michigan, his last major competition.

Now, local swimmers recognize Harry Class every time they hop in the water at the Queen Street community pool named in his honour.