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Marilyn Bell remembers her Lake Ontario swim 10 years later

Throughout history, "ladies" were discouraged from participating in team sports because it was thought competition would lead to "manly" behaviours. But thanks to pioneering athletes such as Bobbie Rosenfeld, Nancy Greene and Hayley Wickenheiser, young women now have the freedom to participate and excel in any sport — be it track, skiing or hockey. These women not only excelled in their chosen fields but were instrumental in shattering stereotypes of the female athlete.

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Bell remembers back to the day she finished her swim across Lake Ontario.

Medium: Radio
Program: Assignment
Broadcast Date: Sept. 8, 1964
Guest: Marilyn Bell
Reporter: Brian McFarlane
Duration: 5:17

Last updated: September 10, 2014

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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