Olympic Swimmer Edwards Passes Away

The Canadian Olympic Team would like to extend its condolences to the family of Elizabeth Tancock (Edwards) who passed away in on May 28 in Toronto. “Betty” as she was affectionately known, was one of Canada’s oldest living Olympians.

Born Feb. 22, 1911, Edwards, a swimmer, reached the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games finished fourth in the 4×100-metre freestyle relay, narrowly missing what would have been Canada’s sixth Olympic medal in swimming. She also swam the 400-metre freestyle event.

Edwards was also a member of Team Canada at the 1930 and 1934 British Empire Games, a name since changed to the Commonwealth Games. In 1930, she was a silver medallist. She is a member of the Ontario Swimming Hall of Fame and the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame.

She is survived by son Brian Tancock, daughter Beverley Stewart, granddaughter Suzanne Adalsteinsson and grandsons Brian J. Tancock and Michael Forbes.