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Greg Streppel inducted into the Swimming Canada's Circle of Excellence

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Toronto, ON – Open Water World Champion Greg Streppel of Cambridge was inducted into Swimming Canada’s Circle of Excellence tonight at the Canada Cup in Toronto.

“I feel very honored tonight but this recognition also goes to my coaches who have contributed so much in giving me the tools to become a world champion,” said Streppel. “Ron Jacks was a true pioneer in the Open water event for Canada. His dedication has inspired me beyond the sport of swimming.”

Called "the greatest marathon swimmer of all time," by Australian coach Laurie Laurence, Cambridge's Greg Streppel made a strong case for himself by dominating marathon swimming in the mid 90’s, most notably winning the World Championship in 1994 at Rome, Italy.

Streppel was the Canadian marathon champion from 1990 to 1995. It is a mark of his prowess in the world of distance swimming that no one from Canada ever beat him in a long distance race.

Through his distinguished swimming career he won 11 World Series marathon races in countries like Argentina, Mexico, Canada, the US and Italy. Between 1992 and 1995, he won every FINA open-water race he entered and won 13 of the last 16 races of his career.

Greg was inducted into the Swim BC Hall of Fame in 2007. He graduated from UBC with a degree in pharmacy in 1996 and currently lives in his hometown of Cambridge with his wife and three children.

The full story ... SNC 29-Nov-08