Peter Salmon enjoyed one of the great Canadian swimming careers of the 1940s and early 1950s. At the 1950 British Empire Games, Peter became the only Canadian swimmer to win a gold medal along with two silvers. In his halcyon days of swimming, 1946 to 1952, Peter set six Canadian breaststroke and medley records and represented Canada at the 1948 London and 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics. A well-rounded high school student he went on to study medicine and became a world-renowned transplant specialist. As a student at the University of Washington he made All-American and in 1951 set an NCAA record in the 50-yard freestyle that stood for 40 years. The Washington team won all their dual meets and divisional championships every year he competed with them. In his time, Peter Salmon was among Canada's best swimmers and he is a member of the BC Sports Hall of Fame.