Fifty years ago, on July 12, 1962, “the black and white leader flag fluttered from the bow of the victorious Kalamalka Lake swimmer Bill Slater’s boat the whole 12 miles of the gruelling Sunday marathon.
Slater, a 22-year-old Vancouverite, topped a field of 15 from his entry in the water at Oyama Beach to the moment he waded ashore four hours and 47 minutes later before a crowd of more than 4,000 at Kal Beach.
He averaged just under three miles an hour on the jade green lake. Waters were calm, save for a slight chop near the end.”
Source: Kelowna Daily Courier, July 12, 2012.