Keeping swimming at the forefront of U of T sports
After holding the 100-metre breaststroke record in Ontario briefly in 1980, Henry Vehovec (BASc 1979) wanted to make a more lasting mark.
A Varsity Blues swimmer from 1975 to 1980, Vehovec kicked off the Project Blue swimming campaign last November with a $10,000 donation (bolstered by $5,000 from the university) and a plan to endow a spot on the 100-metre sprint breaststroke team. Along with head swimming coach Byron MacDonald and former coach Robin Campbell, Vehovec contacted former Varsity Blues swimmers. Alumni responded from all over the world – Switzerland, Peru, Indonesia – and sent donations to help keep swimming at the forefront of U of T sports.
The engineering grad helped lead the Blues to a Canadian InterUniversity Athletic Union national championship in 1980, winning gold in the 100-metre breaststroke. He was also a member of both the 200- and the 400-metre individual medley relay teams.