Famous Aquanauts

In Memory: Kristine (Kristy) Rosalyn Hatt – Kristy loved swimming and was a member of BCSSA. Kristy swam with the Agassiz Harrison Aquanauts for fourteeen years, always as strong competitive swimmer and later as a coach. For a full bio, please click here

Bob Penner – Bob Penner joined the Agassiz Harrison Swim Club in 1981 at the age of 5 years old. Bob swam with the Aquanauts for 12 years, then left to go become a winter swimmer and swam with the Chilliwack Spartans. This proved to be a great decision as Bob worked his way to becoming a Gold Medalist in the 2000 Sydney Paralympics Games. Bob remains one of the worlds greatest distant swimmers in the Swimmers with a Disability S7 class. Bob still holds world records for the 800 and 1500 meter Freestyle, set in 1999. Bob went on to make the 1996 Paralympics team competing in Atlanta in the 400 meter Freestyle finals. Later that year he set a world record in the 800 meter Freestyle at Paralympics trials. Bob then qualified for the 2000 Sydney Paralympics Games swimming on the men’s 4×100 meter Medley Relay in the heats and set a new Paralympics record. He then went on to win the gold medal when Canada finished first in the finals. He also finished fourth in the 400 meter Freestyle and fourth in the 100 meter Breaststroke and seventh in the 200 meter IM.

In 2004 Bob was the Agassiz Harrison Aquanauts Assistant and Development Coach. Then in 2006 Bob became our Head Coach. That proved to be an exciting year as Bob sent 23 swimmers to the Kamloops Provincials. Many of which received medals. That was a great season with outstanding results.

Bob still comes to the occasional practices to check on the Aquanauts and even to a swim meet now and then. He is a special friend and a strong supporter to our club and Bob will always be an Aquanaut.