Greg Parkhurst

Greg Parkhurst – Inducted 1999

Belleville’s Greg Parkhurst was a participant at the very first Canadian Special Olympics, held in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1974. He excelled there and that was just the beginning of an impressive career in the pool for the William R. Kirk School grad. At those first games he earned a silver medal for his swimming prowess and for many years after was a regular competitor at provincial and regional Special Olympics events. One of his career highlights was a presentation by the city’s Honours and Awards committee in 1981 after he was double gold medalist at that year’s Special Olympics in Ottawa. At those games, the gold medals came in the 50 metre freestyle and 50 metre backstroke. Parkhurst won silver in the 25 metre freestyle, bronze in the 25 metre backstroke and bronze in the 25 metre breaststroke. In Ontario Special Olympics competition in 1984 he won gold in the 25 metre freestyle and 50 metre freestyle, silver in the 50 metre backstroke and bronze in the 25 metre backstroke. Parkhurst is a life member of the Belleville Lions Club, the organization that sponsored his swimming career. He’s the son of Al and Audrey Parkhurst. Greg Parkhurst is the Hall’s first inductee from the Special Olympics program.

1999, athlete, individual, swimming,

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