FORT LAUDERDALE – The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) will recognize Richard Broer, for his extensive contributions to the administration of open water swimming with the 2017 Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award. The Award will be presented to Richard, on Saturday evening, during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, on April 22nd at “The Chapel”, part of the Beaumont Estate in Old Windsor, England (close to Heathrow Airport). The Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award is presented annually by International Swimming Hall of Fame to the organization or individual who has contributed the most to the administration of open water swimming.
This year’s award honors Richard Broer who played a major role in developing open water swimming for the last twenty years including the role as Chairperson of the Technical Open Water Committee of Royal Netherlands Swimming Association. He is responsible for the yearly open water publication with all (association) events nationally, an extensive brochure on the ins and outs of open waters swimming nationally. Richard brought the sport in the Netherlands to the web in 1998 with www.noww.nl which further promotes the events and the sport in general. One indicator of the success of open water (including marathon) swimming in the Netherlands are the double Dutch marathon swimming gold medal winners in Rio in 2016: Sharon Van Rouwendaal and Ferry Weertman.
His other internet initiative www.openwaterswimming.eu is a website for the European area. It concentrates on the event calendar for Europe. It is a proven instrument in attracting vacationing swimmers to swims in their holiday destination.
Broer also coaches: twenty IJsselmeer (13.5 mile/22 km swim) relay team over the years and a solo winner of the event plus a 100% success record for seven English Channel (21 mile/35 km swim) relay teams including two world speed records.
Richard is also an accomplished swimmer – continuing today: 1978 he won the Netherlands national competition with a still unmatched time and raced 1500m in under 16 minutes. He completed several solo marathons including Gibraltar Straits (9 mile/14.4 km swim), Flanders Marathon twice (9.9 mile/16 km swim) and the IJsselmeer (13.5 mile/22 km swim) three times.
For additional information, please call Ned Denison in Ireland at (+353) 87-987-1573 or ISHOF at (954) 462-6536, or visit http://www.ishof.org
About the ISHOF
The International Swimming Hall of Fame & Museum was established in 1965 as a not-for-profit educational organization in the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and was recognized by FINA, the international governing body for the Olympic aquatic sports, in 1968. The Mission of ISHOF is to PRESERVE and CELEBRATE aquatic history, to EDUCATE the general public about the importance of swimming as the key to water safety, drowning prevention, better health and a better quality of life, and to INSPIRE everyone to swim. ISHOF’s collection of swimming memorabilia, art, photos and films, along with archival documents and rare books in the Henning Library, make ISHOF the premier repository and academic research resource for swimming and aquatic history in the world. www.ishof.org