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| Introducing IMSHOF 2016 Chairman

Chris Guesdon of Australia is the new Chair of the IMSHOF.
Mr Guesdon said he was pleased to accept the leadership position with the Executive Team.

He went on to say what a privilege it is to serve with such a distinguished group of our sport's Luminaries on the Executive Committee with Beth Yudovin, Ned Denison and Dale Petranech.
It is a pleasure to be involved in such a prestigious organization honoring those amazing marathoners whose citations come before us each year. We thank our global Voting Panel from the five continents of the world for their expertise and contribution.
Chris, the mastermind behind the vision of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, has been involved in the sport as a swimmer, event organizer, administrator, technical official, escort, lobbyist, historian and documenter extraordinaire. He was a FINA Open Water Swimming Technical Committee member.
He also completely understood the perspective of the athletes. He competed in 20 International marathons across the globe and was Australian Marathon Swimming Champion in 1977 & 1981.
But his legacy will be as the architect of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim which he designed to be acceptable as an Olympic Games marathon swimming event.  He initially presented the plan - the idea to the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee in 1998.
In his home country of Australia, Chris was the manager of the Australian all conquering Open Water Swimming Team during the period 1991-1996, was the Secretary of Australian Open Water Swimming Committee 1988-2001 and a bureau member of the International Long Distance Swimming Federation, which existed between its founding in Paris in 1953 until 1974.

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| awardsinducteesIMSHOF 2016 Executive Committee

Chris Guesdon  AUS/Oceania
Ned Denison
Communications Officer
Dale Petranech USA/Americas 
ISHOF Liaison Officer
Beth Yudovin USA/Americas 
Deputy Chairperson
Brand and Merchandise Officer

Introducing the 2016 Voting Committee:

Adams  Nick  GBR/Europe
Blouin   Lynn  CAN/Americas
Broer  Richard  NED/Europe
Bruce  Tamara AUS/Oceania
Cassidy Sid USA/Americas
Cunningham    Melissa       AUS/Oceania
Dalotto  Sylvia ARG/America
Dean  Penny USA/America
Johnson  Tim  USA/America
Lammers  Kathrin  UAE/Asia
Lecat  Stephane FRA/Europe
Matzusaki  Yuko  JPN/Asia
Mijic  Vojislav  SRB/Europe
Munatones Steven  USA/Americas
Murphy Kevin  GBR/Europe 
Read  Mike  GBR/Europe
Rush Philip   NZ/Oceania
Simonelli   Dan  USA/Americas
Storch  Skip  USA/Americas
Stoychev  Petar  BUL/Europe
Streppel  Greg  CAN/Americas
Stoychev  Petar  BUL/Europe
Tuset Jacques  FR/Europe  
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You Can Nominate Your Hero!

Click the link to download a PDF version of Nomination Form


Poseidon Award Policy

The International Swimming Hall of Fame gives formal status to the Poseidon Award and ISHOF will include this award as part of the ISHOF annual awards event.

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame provides administrative assistance with all received nominations and utilizes the IMSHOF Voting Committee to forward the result to ISHOF.

The criteria and nomination process is noted below.

Only 4 Weeks Remaining for Nominations!

  1. Anyone can nominate a person or organization.
  2. Nominations for the Poseidon Award close on December 31, 2015
  3. Ballot closes February 28, 2016.
  4. Announcements March 31, 2016.

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|Criteria For Poseidon Award Nominations

Would you like to nominate a person for the IMSHOF Poseidon Award? Do they meet the criteria?
  1. Outstanding Marathon Swimming achievement as a Swimmer or Contributor that warrants special recognition.
  2. Must be superior achiever at the highest level.
  3. Have the support of their peers.
  4. Integrity, sportsmanship and character will be considered along with other achievements.
  5. Any person or organization can make nominations for consideration by the selection committee.
  6. The primary consideration for selection is 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.
  7. Nominees should have made a major contribution at the international level to Marathon Swimming.
  8. Whichever area of involvement. Nominees will be:
    • Competitors
    •  Initiators
    • Sport developers
    • Achievers at the highest level of office or appointment that is available
    • Contributors to the sport in general at the highest level
  9. Mere long term service by a nominee is not sufficient justification for selection without having satisfied the primary requirements listed above or demonstrated outstanding achievement arising from personal initiative or innovation.
  10. This award is to be awarded to someone who is a leader, or has lead and has
    done or been instrumental in a major thing or programme that either changed
    the world of marathon swimming forever or did something during a year as a
    competitor that either no one has ever done or not many, i.e. won many gold
    medals at one competition. 
|Poseidon Award Submission Guidelines

Get started by answering the criteria questions above.  Write a brief paragraph in response to Items 1-10 above as your supporting document.
  1. Download the Nomination Form and complete the necessary details.
  2. Write a 200-300 word supporting narrative that answers each of the Criteria questions above.
  3. Keep it brief and to the point.
  4. Submit by email your Nomination Form and supporting one page document to Chris Guesdon, Chairman IMSHOF
Congratulations to  Marathon Swimmers Inducted into ISHOF Class of 2016
There are 3 International Swimming Halls of Fame... with some honorees inducted to more than one.  

A brief overview:
  1. Our organization is The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. (IMSHOF). We honor those involved in races and epic solos in the open water:
    • Swimmers
    • Contributor - coaches
    • Contributor - administrators
    • Contributor - pilots
    • Contributor - organisations
  2. The International Swimming Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
    Its mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of children. This is accomplished through the operation of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, a dynamic shrine dedicated to the history, memory, and recognition of the famous swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers, open water swimmers and persons involved in lifesaving activities and education, throughout the world, whose lives and accomplishments will serve to inspire, educate, and be role models for all those who participate in the Hall of Fame's experience and programs.

  3. Finally, The International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame honors master Swimmers, (the word Masters was first applied to adults who participated in track and field and was later adopted in organized adult swimming. In swimming, Masters simply means 18 and older.), and Contributors in Masters Swimming.  Drury Gallagher is dual honoree.
We congratulate solo marathon swimmers Des Renford (AUS) and Monique Wildschut (NED), and Long Distance Open Water Swimmer and Racer,  Larisa Ilchenko (RUS)  on their induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Class of 2016.
Desmond Robert "Des" Renford (AUS)
Solo Marathon Swimmer

Renford was the  King of the Channel® between 1975 and 1979 with 16 successful  crossings of the  English Channel that included ten records. He was the first person complete three  crossings in a year. He was also  King of the Channel® briefly in 1980 when he achieved his eighteenth  crossing.
Renford was an Australian long distance swimmer who swam the  English Channel 19 times from 19 attempts. This is more successful crossings than any other Australian. From 1975-1979 and for a period in 1980 he held the title of  King of the Channel®. At the time of his death, only two other people had swum the Channel more often,  Alison Streeter (38 times; more since then) and  Michael Read (31). He also swam 93 km from Watson's Bay Sydney Harbour to North Wollongong Harbour in Australia in 1974 in 27 hours 29 minutes.
He was also the manager and tactician for the  four-way  crossing of the  English Channel by the  Sun Rice Australia  relay team in 1993 when they completed the historic swim in 43 hours 7 minutes.

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Monique Wildschut (NED)
Solo Marathon Swimmer
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Larisa Ilchenko  (RUS)

Long Distance Open Water swimmer & Racer

Throughout her remarkable competitive career, the Russian open water swimming  star won eight  FINA World Championships  between 2005 and 2008 and culminated her career at the 2008 Beijing Olympics at age 19. 

She has been named  Swimming World Magazine 's World Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year.

She dominated  long distance swimming since her first FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Dubai in 2004, where she won at the age of 16. The next year in Montreal at the 2005  FINA World Swimming Championships, she had a much tougher time as the veterans pushed her under and held her up, but still won with a final sprint. 

In 2006 in Napoli, Italy, she doubled up with victories in the 5 km and 10 km  marathon swim, again winning with trademark closing sprint, called  The Ilchenko. By 2007 and 2008, the juggernaut was firmly established and she confidently swaggered her way onshore while dominating the last part of every race she swam. Her career culminated at the 2008 Beijing  Olympic 10K Marathon Swim when she won the first gold medal in  open water swimming in very dramatic fashion.

As a 19-year-old, Ilchenko won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the  Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, using her trademark closing kick ( The Ilchenko) after being behind the leaders for 9,900 meters of the 10,000-meter swim.

Learn More About Larisa Ilchenko (RUS)
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The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame welcomes donations of all amounts. Your financial contribution will help IMSHOF fulfill its mission of promoting the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, the water safety of children and understanding of the role of swimming in society. 

The International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame is recognized by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt not-for-profit educational organization. 

Charitable contributions may be made to the International Swimming Hall of Fame by making your check payable to "IMSHOF" and mailing it to: 

For The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
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For Online Donations over $5,001 or Donations over $10,000+ please contact by email Bruce Wigo, Chief Executive Office,

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IMSHOF 2015 Honorees Award Gallery
Induction & Awards Ceremony

The 2015 Award Ceremony was held at the Doubletree Hilton hotel, San Pedro, California.  Ned Denison (IRE), was our Master of Ceremonies and the evening started with lots of laughter and conversation during Happy Hour.
Bruce Wigo (ISHOF) surprised our special guest Greta Andersen (DEN/USA) with an ISHOF Lifetime Achievement award and Ned introduced Marilyn Bell to accept her formal induction into the Class of 1967.
We celebrated the life of David Yudovin and congratulated the 2015 honorees; Swimmers - Forrest Nelson (USA), Antonio Argüelles Diaz Gonzalez (MEX), Martin Strel (SVN) and George Park (CAN) 1978.
The ceremony continued with Marty Veen (NED) awarded an Honor Contributor/Administrator and the Varne Ridge Channel Swim Park (GBR) and Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club (GBR) inducted as Honor Contributor Organizations.
Dennis Miller (FJI) was awarded the ISHOF Irving Davids/Captain Roger M. Wheeler Memorial Award.
Family and friends enjoyed every acceptance speech where honorees delighted the audience with historical anecdotes and personal stories of triumph and commitment.

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