Percy Norman started his career as a promising marathon swimmer, but chose the rewards of coaching over pursuing his own swimming ambitions. He was considered Canada’s top swim coach for many years. For his dedication in bringing out the best in Vancouver swimmers, the Vancouver Parks Board named a pool in Norman’s honour.

Considered Canada’s foremost authority in swimming and diving, Norman served as head coach of the Vancouver Amateur Swim Club at the Crystal Pool from 1931-55.

He coached the 1936 Canadian Olympic swim team and the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games team that won six medals.

Many of Norman’s swimmers are now members of the BC Sports Hall of Fame themselves, including Helen and Mary Stewart, Jack Pomfret, Howard Firby, Lynda Adams, George Athans Sr., and Joan Langdon.