Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Olympic Diving Champion Bob Clotworthy Passes Away at 87

Bob Clotworthy with his family in Fort Lauderdale, FL - Photo Courtesy: ISHOF
Passage by Bruce Wigo, ISHOF.
Olympic diving champion Robert (Bob) Lynn Clotworthy passed away peacefully at his home, in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 1st. He was 87 years old.
Born in Westfield, New Jersey, Bob attended the Ohio State University where he won 11 Big Ten, NCAA, and National AAU Championships before capping off his career with an Olympic gold medal at Melbourne in 1956.  In between he won a bronze in Helsinki (1952) and another bronze at the Pan Am Games (1955).  These were all as a springboard diver but he added a silver from the tower at the Pan Ams just to prove his versatility.
“The pressure in the (Olympic) Games is so intense,” Bob later recalled. “I’ve never felt anything like it. I felt it some at Helsinki in ’52 but I wasn’t supposed to win there, but at Melbourne in ’56 I was the favorite.  It’s like taking your life’s work and putting it on the line.” But there was another strong reason. “I wanted to do good for the United States.  I felt strongly about wanting to beat the Russians.”
After retiring from amateur diving, Bob followed a long line of divers turned swim coaches in the tradition of Ernst Brandsten, Karl Michael, Dick Papenguth, Clarence Pinkston and Mike Peppe. He coached at West Point and Dartmouth before returning home to New Jersey to coach at Princeton University (1958 – 1970). At Princeton he produced two Olympic medalists in swimming, Jed Graef (gold in 1964) and Ross Wales (bronze in 1968). On the  International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Youtube channel is an interview with Bob explaining Jed’s backstroke form. But more importantly, his swimmers and divers, at all levels, remember him best for how he changed their lives.
Diving: AAU Swim Meet: Bob Clotworthy in action during meet at Exhibition Pool in Payne Whitney Gymnasium on Yale University campus. New Haven, CT 4/8/1956 CREDIT: Richard Meek (Photo by Richard Meek /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X3674 )
Photo Courtesy: Richard Meek
In 1957, Bob was the subject of a photo essay shot by legendary Sports Illustrated photographer John Zimmerman that appeared in the April 8th issue.  Bob recently recalled the photo shoot in an interview with Bruce Wigo of the Hall of Fame.
“To get the effect they wanted,” Bob remembered, “the photo crew blacked out all windows and lights so I had to dive into the Princeton pool in pitch black. By the time the pool was blacked out and the cameras were ready it was midnight. As I dove, John would press a button for the strobes four times, setting off four flashes that captured four images of my dive on each shot. I did about 50 dives in total darkness that night. It was exhausting and the strobes were really tough on my eyes. They chose my reverse-dive-pike, and the end product made it well worth the effort. For the underwater shot, I had a dim light from a scaffolding that helped me find the water. By the time the shoot was over, it was after 5 AM. Exhausting as it was, they made it fun and I had a terrific time. I really loved working with those guys.”
The iconic images that made photojournalistic history can be viewed on pages 25 – 31 of the April 8 1957 issue. 
One of the most significant incidents in Bob’s life came at the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico City.
“I had climbed onto the 10 meter tower to watch the swimming races below,” Bob recalled,” and that is where I met my future wife.  After the races, she climbed down and I just went off the deep end, so to speak.”
The girl Bob plunged off the tower for was Cynthia Gill, a graduate of Fort Lauderdale’s Pine Crest School, who had won a bronze medal in the 100 meter backstroke at the Pan Am Games.  Shortly after their marriage, in March of 1958 in Hanover, New Hampshire, where Bob had been coaching Dartmouth, the International Educational Exchange Service, a branch of the State Department, selected the Clotworthy’s to make a good will tour.  Their mission was to give swimming and diving exhibitions around the world, including stops in Japan, Malaya, Singapore, Thailand, Ceylon, Egypt, Morocco and a ten day visit to the World’s Fair in Brussels, Belgium.  The trip took from June until September and Bob and Cynthia dubbed their government-funded honeymoon “Around The World in 107 Days.”
In 1970, Bob packed up the family and joined the Peace Corps. The family lived in Caracas, Venezuela where he trained their Olympic diving coaches. Upon returning to the states, Bob took a job at Arizona State. While the job didn’t work out, the climate provided a miracle cure for a sinuscondition that Cynthia had developed and Bob ended his career as a teacher at the Albuquerque Acadamy and retired to his beloved Taos, New Mexico.
Cynthia Gill Clotworthy, passed away six years ago, and according to her family, her final words: “It’s wonderful”.  Bob really never got over the loss of the love of his life.
In his final years, Bob continued to devote his spare time to finishing a complete history of the sport of diving.
Bob was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1980.
He leaves behind, his brother William (Jo); his four loving children, Susan Syring, Bruce (Leslie), Jodi Best (Steve), and Erin Joosse (Chris); his twelve grandchildren; and fifteen great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Bob’s life will be held from 12:00 until 2:00 pm on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, UT 84092.
RSVP jodisbest@gmail.com if planning to attend.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Passages: ISHOF Honoree Bruce Hopping Dies at 96

Bruce Hopping (a.k.a. “Brucey”, “Mr. B”, et al.) passed away peacefully just after midnight on Thursday, May 17.
He is survived by his nephew and niece, Rick and Melissa Hopping of New Jersey. Bruce was a local legend. He could be seen every day walking down Thalia Street to the beach where he was a regular for the last six decades.
His life story reads more like a novel than reality. He was born in 1921 to W. Frank and Edith Hopping in Saigon, then a part of French Indo-China. His father had lumber interests in the region, and the family was on their way to Borneo. Bruce spent his early years on the islands of the Pacific, where he developed a lifelong connection with the ocean. At 13, he was sent away to Culver Military Academy in Indiana. At 18, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas.
Afterward, he transferred to Shepphard Airfield Base in Texas, Westover Air Base in Massachusetts, El Toro in California, Kaneohe Naval Air Station in Hawaii, and Clark Air Base in the Philippines. In World War II, Bruce was a med-evacuation pilot who retrieved the wounded bodies of soldiers from various Pacific theaters and returned them to the base hospital for treatment. One day, he was sent up with a spotter in typhoon conditions to locate a downed C 47.
Their Stinson plane was blown several miles off course, they ran out of gas, and crashed into the Pacific Ocean. For the next several weeks, they floated on a one-man raft in the ocean, enduring violent storms, tumultuous waves, and shark-infested waters, before eventually washing up on the Polillo Islands in the eastern Philippines. After a series of difficult setbacks, and with the help of locals in canoes, they eventually made it back safely to Manila, despite the presence of Japanese soldiers in the area.
After World War II, Bruce taught at Bainbridge Air Base in Maryland. When the Korean War broke out a few years later, he was transferred to Barbers Point in Hawaii, and then put on a minesweeper ship bound for the Korean peninsula. After the subsequent deaths of his parents, Bruce took his inheritance and created the New Jersey Foundation in 1953. Over the next decade and a half, the New Jersey Foundation sponsored numerous important aqua-athletic events and commissioned multiple notable works of art. Inspired by visits he had made to Laguna Beach in 1942 while stationed at nearby El Toro, Bruce relocated to Laguna ca. 1960.
In 1966, he met Dr. Ted Brunner, another Laguna Beach resident, and founder of the Classics Department at UC Irvine. Dr. Brunner introduced Bruce to the ancient Greek educational concept of Kalos Kagathos, which emphasizes physical distinction and nobility of mind. Inspired by the concept, Bruce renamed his foundation the Kalos Kagathos Foundation in 1968.
For fifty years, Bruce and his foundation have been recognized internationally, nationally, at the state, county, and city levels for numerous contributions to water sports, arts, and the environment. His cultural exchanges for swim, surf, and water-polo teams have included multiple events on every continent except Antarctica.
He is an Emeritus patron of the ISHOF, patron of the AAU, FINA, ISA, CIF, OCC Rowing, and a two-time Olympic swimming judge. He has been formally acknowledged by various officials, governors, ambassadors, diplomats, provincial administrators, tribal chiefs, warrior clans, and others. Since 1968, Bruce also has worked tirelessly through the Kalos Kagathos foundation to ensure that Laguna Beach retains its historical legacy as an international destination promoting water sports, arts, and the environment. His local contributions are too numerous to mention, but include multiple proclamations by the city council and schoolboard. Very few Laguna Beach residents have left such a lasting indelible impression on this city, and nobody as much on Thalia Street Beach as Bruce Hopping. Please join us for a celebration of his life on Thursday, June 14 (4 pm) at Thalia Street Beach for a paddle-out and swim. Learn more about this legendary man and the Kalos Kagathos Foundation through the words of those who knew him best. And, in his own words, “Keep the faith!”
To learn more about the Kalos Kagathos Foundation, or to help out with future projects, contact:
Kalos Kagathos Foundation, PO Box 416, Laguna Beach, CA 92652

Thursday, May 3, 2018

International Swimming Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Specialty Awards

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced today the recipients of the ISHOF Specialty Awards.  The International Swimming Hall of Fame Specialty Awards are presented annually to individuals for outstanding contributions to aquatics.  This year’s awards will be presented on Friday evening May 18, 2018, in conjunction with the Paragon Awards at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

The Following Individuals Will Be Recognized:

  • Anthony Ervin and Constantine Markides – Buck Dawson Author Award: “Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian
  • Gay DeMario – ISHOF Service Award
  • Lana Whitehead – Judge G. Harold Martin Award
  • Johnny Johnson – Virginia Hunt Newman Award
  • Kathy Bateman – John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award
  • Bob Ingram – Al Schoenfield Media Award
The ISHOF Specialty Awards are part of ISHOF’s 54th Annual Hall of Fame Honoree Weekend, May 18-20. For ticket information visit www.ishof.org or call 954-462-6536.

LANA WHITEHEAD – Judge G. Harold Martin Award

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The Awards and Recognition Committee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Harold Martin Award to Lana Whitehead.  The Harold Martin Award is presented to someone for long and exceptional leadership, insight and dedication to the water safety of children and the cause of making Every Child A Swimmer.
Lana Whitehead has owned and operated SWIMkids USA for 43 years. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and was a representative of the Sports Medicine Delegation to China in 2009 where she presented at the Beijing Sports University. She has authored five books on swimming and braindevelopment. She has lectured nationally and internationally at many conferences and government forums. Her method has been featured nationally on the NBC TODAY Show, Good Morning America, CBS Morning Show. That’s Incredible, Disney’s Epcot Magazine, Montel Williams Show, Omni’s Medical Documentary and PM Magazine. Her articles have been featured nationally in PARENTS MagazineParenting MagazineBrain World MagazineAmerican Baby MagazineBabytalk Magazine and Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine. Lana received a BA in Exercise Physiology and a Masters in Special Education, specializing in Sensory Integration. Lana has been involved in competitive swimming as a coach, State and National USA Swimming Official.
Lana was named Community Lifesavers of the Year in 2011 by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. She received the Western Region Award for outstanding efforts, accomplishments and contributions to water safety by the National Water Safety Congress in March of 2013. In 2012 and 2007 she received the Hall of Fame and the Humanitarian Award from the United States Swim School Association for outstanding service to the local community. In 2012, 2013 Lana and her SWIMkids received the Best of Aquatics Awards from the Aquatics International Association. She received the Health Care Heroes Award from Phoenix Business Journals in 2014 and the Best of Aquatics Community Outreach Award from Aquatics International Magazine. USA Swimming awarded Mrs Whitehead with the Adolf Kiefer Safety Commendation Award in 2015. In 2016 she was the winner of the Health Care Leadership Award for Community Impact from Arizona Business Association. In 2017 Ms Whitehead received the Spirit of Enterprise Award for Social Impact from Arizona State University’s J.P Carey’s College of Business.
About G. Harold Martin: Back in 1908, G. Harold Martin almost drowned in the Ohio River. Over the next two decades he almost drowned two more times. From these experiences evolved a mission to make “Every Child A Swimmer.” His civic involvement led to the building of Fort Lauderdale, Florida’s first municipal pool in 1927, Kiwanian sponsored free swim lessons at the pool and eventually the decision by ISHOF to locate in Fort Lauderdale. An active Kiwanian his entire adult life, he was instrumental in making the Key Club an integral Club within Kiwanis International and the adoption of Every Child A Swimmer as a Kiwanian Project.

ANTHONY ERVIN and CONSTANTINE MARKIDES – Buck Dawson Author Award

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The Awards and Recognition Committee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Buck Dawson Author’s Award: Anthony Ervin and Constantine Markides “Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian”.  This award is presented by ISHOF in the name of William “Buck” Dawson, ISHOF’s founding Executive Director, to authors of works that positively promote and educate people about swimming.
Dawson was a veteran of WWII who served as assistant and publicist for Generals Gavin and Ridgeway in the 82nd Airborne. From the time he was chosen to lead ISHOF in 1962, until his death in 2008, Buck traveled around the world armed with Hall of Fame brochures, books and bumper stickers, always spreading the word, always willing to talk and teach swimming and swimming history, to anyone who would listen. He wrote hundreds of articles and was the author of eight books, ranging in subjects from bathing beauties to war, but especially swimming. The Awards will be presented to the recipients in conjunction with ISHOF’s 54th Annual Honoree Weekend, on Friday, May 18th, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Anthony Ervin – is a four-time Olympic medalist, claiming the title of the fastest person on the planet, both in 2000, as well as 16 years later by claiming the Olympic title in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Anthony’s story is especially unique and interesting, in that his family tree represents a broad demographic of Jewish and African-American descent, truly embodying the diversity of our modern world.  Over the years, Anthony has grown to embrace his place in the world, as an opportunity to reach out and try to give back.  He auctioned off his 2000 Olympic gold medal on eBay and donated the proceeds to tsunami relief in Southeast Asia.
At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Ervin “wrote” the most fitting afterward to his astonishing story by winning two gold medals, becoming the oldest swimmer (from any nation) to win a gold medal in an individual race, and in finishing first in the 50-meter freestyle once again earning the title of fastest human in the water.
 Constantine Markides – is A NYC-based writer and former correspondent for the daily newspaper, Cyprus Mail, Constantine reported from over a dozen countries in four continents.  In covering the 2006 Lebanon War, he worked with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and was featured on CNBC and NPR’s Marketplace.  As a reporter, he contracted malaria in Kenya, got showered by leaflets from an exploding artillery shell in Beirut, and witnessed a Cypriot photographer break a limb off an ancient bonsai tree in Shanghai while trying to photograph the President of Cypress.
A state high school champion swimmer, Constantine swam for Columbia University, from which he graduated cum laude in philosophy.  He holds a Masters in English with thesis distinction from University College London, where he was a Chevening Scholar.
Constantine met Anthony Ervin in 2009, in Brooklyn, New York, when they were both swim instructors for Imagine Swimming.  They immediately became friends as they shared similar interests, aquatics, although they didn’t talk about it much in the beginning of the friendship, and things literary, which led them to their collaboration on the book.

KATHY BATEMAN -2018 John K. Williams, JR. Adapted Aquatics Award

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The Adapted Aquatics Committee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) is pleased to announce that Kathy Bateman, will receive the 2018 John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award. The annual award, honoring individuals or organizations who have made significant and substantial contributions to the field of adaptive aquatics is presented by S.R. Smith, a world-leading manufacturer of commercial and residential swimming pool deck equipment headquartered in Canby, Oregon.
Bateman has been an advocate for adapted aquatics for many years. She has effectively developed, led, trained and consulted personnel in interacting with and leading programs for
those with special needs in aquatic and equine environments. Bateman has ten years’ experience with the Seattle Children’s Hospital working with physical, emotional, and mentally challenged individuals and their families in both aquatics and land environments.

JOHNNY JOHNSON  – 2018 Virginia Hunt Newman International Award

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The Awards and Recognition Committee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame is pleased to announced that Johnny Johnson will be the 2018 recipient of the Virginia Hunt Newman International Award.  The award is sponsored by Kiefer, the “Keep em Swimming” Company founded in 1947 by Hall of Fame swimming great, Adolph Kiefer, this award annually recognizes outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of infant and young child swimming instruction in the name of the “Mother of Infant Swimming,” Virginia Hunt Newman.
Johnny Johnson has journeyed from being a student in 1959, to teacher, and now owner of the Blue Buoy Swim School in Tustin, California.  In the past 51 years, he has taught thousands of children to swim and is now teaching many third-generation students.
Blue buoy is a charter member of the United States Swim School Association, and Johnny is a past president, having served on the Board of Directors on two occasions.  In addition to seven years of board service he co-chaired the USSSA Infant Toddler Committee and co-authored the teaching course, along with Virginia Hunt-Newman, that has been taken by thousands of instructors worldwide.  Johnny was awarded the USSSA Guiding Light Award in 1996 and in 2004 he was recognized for his lifelong contributions to swimming and water safety with his induction into the USSSA Hall of Fame.

GAY DEMARIO – 2018 International Swimming Hall of Fame Service Award

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The CEO and staff of the International Swimming Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Gay DeMario, will receive the 2018 ISHOF Service Award.  The ISHOF Service Award is given periodically to an individual who has selflessly volunteered their time, energy and/or resources to advance the interests and work of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
DeMario is an extremely talent artist, as well as a graphic designer.  Through the years, Gay has helped create ISHOF programs, yearbooks, displays, brochures, fliers, books, photo exhibits, signage, traveling exhibits, ad specialty designs and many other things.  Gay has been helping ISHOF for more than 30 years and she has designed the cover of the ISHOF yearbook since 2006 and continues to be an integral part of the team.

BOB INGRAM – 2018 Al Schoenfield Media Award

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The Awards and Recognition Committee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2018 Al Schoenfield Media Award will be Bob Ingram.  This award is presented by ISHOF in memory of Al Schoenfield, for outstanding contributions to the promotion of aquatic sports through journalism.
Al Schoenfield was the Editor and Publisher of Swimming World Magazine (1960-1977) and served on various international committees of swimming, including the FINA Technical Swimming Committee (1980-1984).  Al’s life was a commitment to swimming.  He participated in its administrative structure and spread its stories through his magazines and promotions.  Al died in 2005, but his legacy will forever endure to all who have benefited from his lifetime of service to swimming.
Bob Ingram is the senior editor of Swimming World Magazine since the early 70’s and worked along side Schoenfield. He has been involved in aquatics for nearly half a century (47 years), traveling the world extensively and covering all levels of competition. During the last 18 years, Ingram has primarily been responsible for the editing and production of the Swimming World Magazine, Swimming World Biweekly Magazine and Swimming Technique Magazine. His love for swimming and his ability to work with designers, photographer, and writers as proven to be invaluable to the swimming community.
In addition to his responsibilities at Swimming World, Ingram helped proofread and edit two books: “Character & Excellence” by Mike Gosman (1998) and “The History of Olympic Swimming” by Peter Daland (2009).

Tiffany Cohen – 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist – To Be ISHOF Master of Induction Ceremonies

ISHOF is proud to announce that this year’s Master of Ceremonies for the 2018 Induction Class of Honorees is Tiffany Cohen Lalonde.
Tiffany Cohen was a competitor, a racer and a winner. She was the greatest distance swimmer of her generation. Swimming for the Mission Viejo Nadadores, under coach Mark Schubert, Tiffany won 14 US National Championships from 400 meters to 1500 meters freestyle before winning double gold in the 400 and 800 meter freestyle at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1996.
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In 2016, Tiffany was diagnosed with Stage 2 invasive ductal cel carcinoma.  She says that the traits she developed to become an
 elite athlete helped her face the challenge of cancer and that surviving breast cancer is like winning another Olympic Gold medal.Tiffany lives in South Florida with her husband Mark Lalonde and over the years she has remained active with programs to promote swimming and the welfare of swimmers through the International Swimming Hall of Fame and with USA Swimming
 On Sunday May 20 from 8 AM to 9:30 AM, Swim Across America and ISHOF are sponsoring a fundraising event to raise money to fight cancer. The event will take place at the International Swimming Hall of Fame pool, located at One Hall of Fame Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316-just South of Las Olas off of Seabreeze Blvd. Join the ISHOF Relay! For more information on the event, please see this link   

About The International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

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The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Induction Ceremony is shaping up to be a star-studded weekend with multiple events spread out over three days in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Make your plans now to attend the weekend of May 18-20, 2018! ISHOF Members can purchase the Weekend Package and save!
This year’s International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees include Swimmers: Rebecca Adlington (GBR), Amanda Beard (USA), and Libby Trickett (AUS); Water Polo Player: Brenda Villa (USA); Contributor: Andy Burke (USA); Diver: Irina Lashko  (USSR, RUS, AUS) ; Coach: Bill Sweetenham (AUS)Synchronized Swimmer: Miho Takeda (JPN);  Open Water Swimmer: Petar Stoychev (BUL)and Pioneer Synchronized Swimming Contributor: Joy Cushman (USA). Ian Crocker (USA) was a part of the Class of 2017, but was unable to attend the induction due to Hurricane Harvey.  We will be officially celebrating his induction as part of the class of 2018.

The Paragon Awards and ISHOF Awards will be presented of Friday of the same weekend

2018 Paragon Award and ISHOF Specialty Award Recipients:
  • Frank Busch for Competitive Swimming
  • Dr. Ben Rubin for Diving
  • Bob Corb for Water Polo
  • Jennifer Gray for Synchronized Swimming
  • David Bell for Recreational Swimming
  • Jill White for Water Safety
  • Anthony Ervin and Constantine Markides – Buck Dawson Author Award: “Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian
  • Gay DeMario – ISHOF Service Award
  • Lana Whitehead – Judge G. Harold Martin Award
  • Johnny Johnson – Virginia Hunt Newman Award
  • Kathy Bateman – John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award
  • Bob Ingram – Al Schoenfield Media Award

Additional Events

Reserve Your Hotel Rooms and Purchase Your Tickets Today

May 18-20, 2018 HOTEL INFORMATION

  • Host Hotel: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

    Four and a half star upscale retreat with private beach access, two pools, four restaurants, full service spa and Oceanside bar. Location
    of the Saturday evening induction ceremony. ¼ mile south of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
  • Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

    • 440 Seabreeze Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 524-8733;
    • Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $159 per night
    • Please call 954 524-8733 and mention Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree Ceremony for the special Rate of $159.
For more hotel or ticket Information contact Meg Keller-Marvin meg@ishof.org / 570-594-4367

Monday, April 30, 2018

The International Swimming Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Paragon Award Recipients

Sponsored by Pentair Aquatic Systems, the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced today the recipients of the 23rd Annual Paragon Awards.  The Paragon Awards are presented annually to individuals or organizations for outstanding contributions to aquatics in six categories. This year’s recipients are Frank Busch for Competitive Swimming; Bob Corb for Water Polo; Dr. Ben Rubin for Competitive Diving; Jill White for Aquatic Safety; Jennifer Gray for Synchronized Swimming and David Bell for Recreational Swimming. This year’s awards will be presented onFriday evening May 18, 2018, in ceremonies at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
“Pentair is honored to be associated with the International Swimming Hall of Fame and to recognize leaders in the aquatic industry who play a prominent role in the promotion of aquatics”, said Jim Drozdowski, Institutional Aquatics Sales Manager for Pentair Aquatic Systems.
“The annual Paragon Awards bring some of the most interesting and fascinating people each year to the Hall of Fame,” said ISHOF CEO Brent Rutemiller. “These are the unsung heroes who make competitive and recreational aquatics possible, who save lives, who promote water safety and further aquatic education.“
The Paragon Awards are part of ISHOF’s 54th Annual Hall of Fame Honoree Weekend, May 18-20. For ticket information visit www.ishof.org or call 954-462-6536.  For more information about the Paragon Awards, see: Paragon Awards

2018 Paragon Award Recipients:

Competitive Diving

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• Dr. Ben Rubin (USA)
Dr. Ben Rubin became involved in the sport of diving 40 years ago, when he became the team doctor for the Mission Viejo Natadores in California.  As an Orthopedic Surgeon, he cared for the athletes on the team and as his expertise in diving injuries became more widely known, he began treating athletes from other diving teams from around the country.  During this time, Dr. Rubin began working with USA Diving and was asked to assemble the first ever Sports Medicine Team to provide treatment and care for the U.S. National Team and all the athletes participating in the National Championships, as well as at the World Championships and the Olympic Trials.  Rubin’s Sports Medicine Team was one of the best, if not THE best group of experts ever assembled.  At the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, Dr. Rubin served as the physician for the USA teams.

Synchronized Swimming

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• Jennifer Gray (GBR)
Jennifer Gray has served as the National Development Officer for the Amateur Swimming Association for Synchronized Swimming and Diving. She is one of the most widely published authors for synchronized swimming, having published nine books on the sport, one in collaboration with Istvan Bayli, “Long Term Athlete Development for Synchronized Swimming”.  Jennifer is one of the most sought out presenters at conferences on synchronized swimming for both judges and coaches. Her presentations applying Laban’s Theories of Movement to synchronized swimming were the first of their kind.   She has been a valued member of the FINA Ad Hoc Committee on Degrees of Difficulty since its creation in 1987. Gray has conducted clinics for 23 national associations and 24 FINA/LEN clinics. She has conducted clinics on every continent.  She has judged or refereed at the FINA World Championships, Junior World Championships, World Masters Commonwealth Games, Goodwill Games and at the Olympic Games in Beijing. And in addition, she is a FINA Evaluator.

Water Polo

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• Bob Corb (USA)
Bob Corb is a former water polo official who is now responsible for the education of all varsity officials working for the NCAA.  For the past ten years, Dr. Corb has used his background as an official, training as a psychologist, and his education in athletic administration to create a national program whose goal is to improve the overall quality and consistency of officiating throughout the country.  As the NCAA national coordinator of officials for both the men and women’s water polo, his initiatives in support of this goal has included the development and growth of the National Evaluator Group (NEG), currently consisting of twenty members across the US with a combined 750+ years of water polo experience.




Competitive Swimming

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• Frank Busch (USA)
Frank Busch was the National Team Director for USA Swimming from 2011 through 2017.  Prior to that appointment, Busch had a 31-year coaching career, leading his collegiate and club teams to national championships seasons.  After his hiring at the University of Arizona in 1989, Busch went on to win Division I titles at both Men and Women’s National Championships. During his coaching years, Busch was named to numerous coaching staffs for USA Swimming, including Athens 2004, and Beijing 2008.  In addition to his contributions to American swimming, Busch has coached athletes from over a dozen other countries to international success.  Busch has been the recipient of multiple coaching awards including United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Swimming Coach of the Year.  He is a six-time NCAA Division I Coach of the Year and earned the Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year award 11 times.  He was inducted into the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Hall of Fame in 2008.

Recreational Swimming

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• David Bell (USA)
David Bell has been a contributor to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) national aquatics program for over 40 years.  He became an instructor trainer for BSA camp aquatics directors in 1974 and continues to teach at those week-long schools.  The hundreds of adults he has trained have in turn provided safe swimming programs for tens of thousands of youth.  He has been an Aquatics Specialist on the BSA National Health and Safety Committee since 1996 and became a Charter Member of the BSA National Aquatics Task Force in 2005.  He was a major contributor in the redevelopment of the BSA Lifeguard professional lifeguard certification in 2008.

Water Safety:

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• Jill White (USA)
Jill White is an internationally recognized safety, risk management, and training specialist in the field of aquatics. She is the co-founder of the Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) – a certification agency for lifeguards, swimming instructors and pool operators – and a managing partner of StarGuard Elite (SGE) – a provider of training, aquatic risk prevention, and operational support services to waterparks, the cruise industry, and aquatic venues in the U.S. and international locations. A frequent speaker at industry conferences and the author of numerous publications, Jill was recognized by Aquatics International magazine as one of the “Power 25 of the last 25 years” for her contributions and influence in the field, was selected to the World Waterpark Association Hall of Fame, and is a recent recipient of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance Lighthouse Award.
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About Pentair Aquatic Systems: Pentair Aquatic Systems is a world-wide leader in the manufacture of residential and commercial swimming pool equipment including PARAGON™ Competitive Starting Platforms, which have been the leader in innovation, design and quality for over 50 years. Pentair is a proud sponsor of the ISHOF “Paragon Awards” since 1996. For more information about the Paragon Awards, see: http://www.ishof.org/awards/paragon.html
About ISHOF:  The International Swimming Hall of Fame, founded in 1965 and recognized by FINA, the international governing body for aquatic sports, is a not-for-profit educational organization. Its purpose is to; Preserve swimming history, Celebrate the heroes and to educate the public about the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to water safety, fitness, good health, quality of life, and to Inspire Swimming For All, Swimming For Life!” . For more information about ISHOF, see www.ishof.org