Finlay Knox Among Seven Victor Davis Memorial Award Recipients

Two-time World Junior Championship medalist Finlay Knox has been announced as one of seven recipients of the 2020 Victor Davis Memorial Award, a fund established to assist young Canadian swimmers to continue their training and pursue excellence on the international stage.

Created in memory of Davis, a four-time Olympic medalist who died in 1989 at the age of 25, the fund awards athletes with bursaries to aid in their training costs.

Knox, 19, recently made the move from his hometown of Okotoks, Alberta to train with coach Ben Titley at the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Ontario in Toronto.

“I am very honored to be chosen for this award and it will help support my training while living in Toronto,” Knox told Swimming Canada.

Knox was the silver medalist at the 2019 World Junior Championships in Budapest in the men’s 200 IM, with his time of 1:59.44 making him the second-fastest Canadian of all-time, and he also added a bronze medal as the anchor leg on the men’s 400 medley relay.

In late 2019, Knox competed for the International Swimming League’s London Roar, establishing a new Canadian Record in the SCM 200 IM at the European Derby in London.


  • Finlay Knox, HPC – Ontario (Ben Titley)
  • Oksana Chaput, Manta Swim Club (Robert Novak)
  • Ashley McMillan, KISU Swim Club (Tina Hoeben)
  • Genevieve Sasseville, Chatham Pool Sharks/Ontario Swimming Academy (Don Burton)
  • Alexander Axon, Whitby Swimming/OSA (Don Burton)
  • Russell Burton, Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club (Kendra Papple)
  • Jeremy Koueiki, Club Aquatic St-Eustache (Sebastien Poulin)

The Victor Davis Memorial Fund was established in 1990 and has awarded over 100 athletes with bursaries to aid in training costs.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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