He may not have heard the roar of the crowd, but Greg Blackburn certainly felt the thrill of victory, at home and around the world.
A member of the Prince George Barracudas swim team from 1987 to 1993. Greg amassed numerous pool records at his home facility and accolades as the team's top overall swimmer, while winning numerous medals at the provincial level and representing our city proudly at national meets.
Greg stepped onto the world stage at the XVI World Games for the Deaf (New Zealand 1989), narrowly missing the medal mark with four fourth-place finishes.
Four years later, as the veteran leader of a Canadian team that dominated swimming competition, Greg won 40 per cent of Canada’s medals at the XVII World Games for the Deaf (Bulgaria 1993). His haul of hardware included six individual medals (two gold, two silver and two bronze), and two relay medals (silver and bronze). Greg also set one world record, for swimmers who are deaf.
Greg’s outstanding achievements were a source of pride for everyone in the city, and he was recognized as Prince George’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1993.