This year’s award honors Chris Guesdon who dedicated 56 years to the sport from marathon swimmer to multi-dimensional roles. His passion is for the further development and recognition of marathon swimming on a global scale, the role which he undertook worldwide. Chris masterminded the design for the Olympic 10k marathon swim. Fellow Olympic model strategists, Sid Cassidy and Dennis Miller concurred that Chris’s blueprint of a competition distance was vital to fit the Olympic schedule with the model able to use the Olympic rowing course or similar body of water in landlocked countries. Their strategy succeeded after a 104-year absence when marathon swimming re-joined the Olympic Games in 2008.
He managed/led national teams and Australian marathon swimmers since 1970 in dozens of renowned swims from 24 Heures La Tuque to the Derwent River Tasmania, especially in boats and hands-on. He guided Australia to world dominance from 1988 to 1998 as the Australian Open Water Swimming Team’s Strategist/Manager and as National Open Water Swimming Committee Secretary. Chris founded the Australian Long-Distance Swimming Federation in 1973, was a Member of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation, Bureau Member International Long-Distance Swimming Federation 1975-77 and Committee Member FINA’s Open Water Swimming Technical Committee 1996 -2000.
He was honored by the International Swimming Hall of Fame with the Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award in 2010 and as an Honor Contributor in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) in 2009 where he also chaired the Executive Committee providing the vision and strategy after a significant organizational change. For his singular contributions to the global promotion and development of marathon swimming on the international stage, Chris has been awarded the 2018 Poseidon Award.
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