Tom Pinckard

Builder - Tom Pinckard
Tom Pinckard

Tom Pinckard started swimming at the age of 5 and continued to swim while living in Brazil, and later while in high school at Ridley College in St. Catherines. He went on to become the captain of the University of New Brunswick swimming and football teams and was honoured with the University’s award for Athletic Distinction. Tom’s athletic interests were multi-faceted, and he received honours not only in swimming, but also in soccer, football, and canoe/kayak. He still holds the CIAU football record for the longest kick (89 yards), and was drafted by the Montreal Alouettes. While at UNB, Tom coached the women’s swim team, with the honoraria received helping to pay his way through law school.
In 1967 Tom paddled across Canada in the Voyageur Centennial Canoe Race from Alberta to Montreal. He graduated in law in 1969, was called to the Bar in 1971, and has been a practicing lawyer in Huntsville ever since. In 1976 Tom founded the Muskoka Aquatic Club in Bracebridge and was its volunteer Head Coach for 10 years while spearheading the construction of the Huntsville Centennial Pool, which opened in 1986.
All organizations benefited greatly from Tom’s dedication and expertise and he has received a plethora of awards for his contributions to Canadian swimming, and sport in general. Among them are the Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame – Award of Distinction, the Province of Ontario – Award of Distinction; Canada 125 Medal; Air Canada Volunteer Coach of the Year; Swimming Canada Volunteer Coach of the Year; and the Canadian Centennial Medal. Tom and his wife of 35 years, Dayle, reside in Dwight near Huntsville. They have two sons, Todd and Dan, as well as 2 daughters, Sarah and Emily. Swimming still runs in the family as Emily is a varsity swimmer at University of Ottawa and Tom trains as a Masters Swimmer. The Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame was proud to induct Tom Pinckard as a Builder.