FORT LAUDERDALE – The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) will recognize
Michael P. Read, MBE for his high-level achievement in marathon swimming with the 2019 Poseidon Award. The Award will be presented to Michael, on Saturday evening, during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, on March 9th in Melbourne Australia. The Poseidon Award is presented annually by 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 Michael P. Read, MBE. As a swimmer he has competed more than 130 epic marathons including 33 crossings of the English Channel. Michael’s first ever swims include a 67 km (42-mile) quadruple-crossing of Lake Windermere. His longest 96.5 km (60 miles) around Isle of Wright in 24+ hours and his coldest 38km (24-mile) Loch Ness in 14+ hours in 6° to 7°C (42.8° to 44.7°F) water. Other International swims include: 40 km (25-mile) Nile International Championship, 40 km (25 miles), Manhattan Island and Lake Zurich. A member of Great Britain’s 1960 Olympic team, he is still active, having completed the Gulf of Toroneos 26km marathon in 2018 and winning the European Masters 5km Championship in 2018.
Read has served as a swimming administrator in one capacity or another for over 60 years. For nearly 45 years he has helped direct the Channel Swimming Association, becoming Chairman in 1993 and President in 2007. During this time the popularity of open water and Channel swimming has exploded.
He was inducted as an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) in 1978, honored by the ISHOF with the Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award in 2009 and inducted as an Honor Swimmer in 2011. For his singular contributions to marathon swimming on the international stage, Michael has been awarded the 2019 Poseidon Award.
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