Cynthia Nicholas, "Cindy," marathon swimmer (b at Toronto, Ont 20 Aug 1957). She began competitive swimming in 1963 in Scarborough, Ont, and set several Canadian age group records, mostly in the butterfly stroke. Her first marathon achievement was a 1974 Lk Ontario crossing that bettered all previous records - for both men and women. In 1977 she became the first woman to complete a double crossing of the English Channel, taking 10 hours off the previous mark.
In 1979 she won the title "Queen of the Channel," for her 6th crossing; by 1982 she had completed 19 crossings, including five 2-way trips. She also set record times in Chaleur Bay swims, and was the 1976 women's world marathon swimming champion.