Thursday, December 2, 2021
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Elizabeth Fry to Receive the 2022 Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award
FORT LAUDERDALE – The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) will recognize Elizabeth Fry, for her extensive contributions to the administration of open water swimming with the 2022 Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award. The Award will be presented to Elizabeth during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction and Award Ceremony in Naples Italy on Saturday May 7th 2022. The Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award is presented annually by the International Swimming Hall of Fame to the individual who has contributed the most to the administration of open water swimming.
This year’s award recognizes Elizabeth Fry, an open water swimming administrator from Connecticut, USA who has served the sport for more than 30 years. She has also been the marathon director for 13 years of the 25 km St. Vincent’s Foundation Swim Across the (Long Island) Sound which raises more than $2 million EACH YEAR. Prior to her leadership in 2007 the event raised approximately $40,000 annually. Liz created a detailed safety plan that allows the event to host up to 65 escort boats and created separate team and two-person relay categories to expand fund raising and provide open water experience to local swimmers. Donations to the event have grown to over $2 million each year to help cancer patients and their families. In 2008, Liz expanded the fund raising to include multiple sclerosis (MS) with an event named the “January Jam”. This event encourages participants from around the world to track their yardage for the entire month to see who can “jam” the most yards into 31 days.
Elizabeth is an accomplished marathon swimmer: Oceans Seven; set the record for the oldest person to do a two-way English Channel crossing; and other firsts including two-way Ederle Swim, 35-mile swim from Manhattan to Sandy Hook, New Jersey and two-way S.C.A.R. She was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer in 2014.
Beth Yudovin to be inducted as an Honor Administrator into the International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame (IMSHOF), Class of 2022
Beth Yudovin will be inducted as an Honor Administrator into the International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame (IMSHOF), Class of 2022. The ceremony will take place in Naples Italy on Saturday the 7th of May 2022.
Beth has a 30+ year involvement in the sport, since 2015 as a member of IMSHOF Executive Committee. She served initially as Chair and later took over finance and hosted the 2015 and 2016 Induction and Awards Ceremonies in San Pedro California.
Prior to this Beth’s prior involvement in the sport was generally as her husband’s (David Yudovin Honor Swimmer in IMSHOF and ISHOF) manager and crew chief. Together over 25+ years they completed first ever marathon swims in Japan, Mexico, Indonesia, New Zealand, Portugal, Azores, California’s Channel Islands and in Africa: Cape Verde plus São Tomé and Príncipe. They also completed previously established marathon swims in Tahiti, Hawaii and across the English Channel and Straits of Gibraltar.
Ned Denison, Chair of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, explains the reasoning behind her induction. "Beth brought success, class and dignity to the sport. On the Executive Committee of IMSHOF she showed masterful diplomatic skills and kept us heading upmarket - especially with generous contributions including attending the last eight Induction and Awards Ceremonies. Because of her commitment and dedication, the organization and hence sport is in a much better place.”
FORT LAUDERDALE –
The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) will recognize Shelley Taylor-Smith for her high-level achievement in marathon swimming with the 2022 Poseidon Award. The Award will be presented to Shelly during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction and Award Ceremony on Saturday May 7th 2022 in Naples Italy. The Poseidon Award is presented annually by the International Swimming Hall of Fame to the organization or individual for high level achievement from personal effort or initiative in a field of endeavor that contributes to the performance of marathon swimmers or to the development and status of Marathon Swimming to the world.
This year’s award honors Shelley Taylor-Smith. Shelley Taylor-Smith was one of the top elite swimmers of her generation. She won 7 majors (marathon world championships), set world speed records, beat all the men in 9 races and scored 51 victories in National, Regional and International races.
Shelley was the Honorary Secretary of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and had oversight of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit, the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix series, the FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships, the 10km Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympic Games.
She has been an active coach since 2009, and her swimmers have been successful in 9 solos and 2 relays across the 33 km English Channel and more than 700 solos and relays across the 19.75 km Rottnest Channel.
Finally, Shelley was on the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014 and was one of the most dedicated Honorees in attending the Induction and Awards Ceremonies in 2011 (New York, USA), 2012 (Los Angeles, USA) and 2014 (Bute, Scotland). Her involvement helped IMSHOF establish a successful ceremony tradition.
She was inducted as an Honor Swimmer in IMSHOF in 1990. In 2008 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and also received The Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award.
For additional information, please call Ned Denison for IMSHOF in Ireland at (+353) 87-987-1573 or ISHOF at +1 (954) 462-6536, or visit http://www.ishof.org