First Name: Nancy Ellen
Last Name: Garapick
Sport: Swimming
Inductee Type: Athlete
Year Inducted: 1986
Home Town: Halifax
County: Halifax County

April 29, 1975, was the day that the world found out Nancy Garapick was a swimmer. The 13-year-old Haligonian established a world record in the 200-metre backstroke at the Eastern Canadian Championships in Brantford, Ontario. The time of 2:16:33 was almost one second under the old mark and after that, it was nothing but success.

Garapick won both silver and bronze medals at the 1975 World Championship and two bronze medals at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. She was a member of the Canadian National Swim Team for eight years and was in attendance at the Commonwealth and Pan American Games. She was the Canadian record holder in the butterfly, backstroke, and individual medley.

She was also the holder of several AUAA and CIAU records as a member of the Dalhousie Swim Team as well as the record holder of the NCAA 200-metre free style. Garapick was named Canada’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1975. Nancy Garapick was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1986.


• Youngest Individual CA’s Female Athlete of the Yr
• Established a World Record at 13 Years Old
• Won US Nat’l A.A.U Women’s 200 Yards Backstroke
• 1975 Won 1st Cdn ‘Ship Title 100 & 200m Backstroke
• Won Silver & Bronze 2nd World Aquatic Championship
• Won Women’s High Point Trophy
• Cdn Female Amateur Athlete of Year, Sports Fed CA
• 1973 Youngest Participant 2nd CA Summer Games
• Won 1st National Championship Medals 1974
• Established 12 Nat’l Age Group Records
• Established 79 Provincial Records
• 2 Bronze Medals ’76 Olympics 100 & 200m Backstroke
• Won American A.A.U 200 & 400 Yard Individ Medley
• Won 38 Canadian Championship Medals
• Won 17 National Titles
• Uni of Southern California set US College Records
• Won the A.I.A.W. 200 IM Title
• 8 Years as a Member of Canada’s National Team
• Bachelor of Arts Degree, Dalhousie University
• Bachelor of Education Degree, MSVU