April 2016
OCTOBER 28-30, 2016
In Santa Clara
NEWS:  City of Fort Lauderdale Approves New Pools 
City commissioners say they have a new plan - one the city can afford - for fixing up the aging Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, aka the International Swimming Hall of Fame.  They're putting $17 million aside to pay for a new competition pool, dive well, bleachers and replacing the condemned building that supported the old grandstands. 
"We are very happy that the City has decided to replace the pools with a project that makes sense for swimming and diving," said Bruce Wigo, president of ISHOF. (Sun-Sentinel photo)
2016 Paragon Award Recipients Announced
Fort Lauderdale  -   Sponsored by Pentair Aquatic Systems, the International
Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced today the recipients of the 21st Annual Paragon Awards. The Paragon Awards are presented annually to individuals or organizations for outstanding contributions to aquatics in six categories. This year's recipients are Glenn Mills and Go Swim for Competitive Swimming; Dr. Barbara Kalbus for Water Polo, Colleen "Cokey" Huffman for Competitive Diving;  The USA Swimming Foundation for Aquatic Safety; Ulla Soili Marjatta Lucenius (FIN) for Synchronized Swimming and Kate Rew (GBR) for Recreational Swimming. This year's awards will be presented on Friday, October 28, 2016, at a ceremony in Santa Clara, California. More:
2016 John K. Williams, Jr. Int'l Adapted Aquatics Award
Presented by S.R. Smith
Mr. Powell has been a leader and advocate for "Adapted Aquatic Programs" and physical activity programs for individuals with disabilities for close to 40 years. He is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Masters Degree in Special Education from Cal State, Northridge.   A special education teacher for the San Diego Public Schools for more than 20 years, Mr. Powell has been active in a variety of programs for individuals with disabilities throughout his career. More:
ISHOF Honors Angel Rivera  
On May 2nd, ISHOF held a reception & ceremony honoring Angel Rivera, an 11 year
old middle school student from Deerfield Beach, FL for his rescue of a 13 year old girl who he saw lifeless at the bottom of a pool.  ISHOF and the NSPF Step Into Swim Program have partnered to provide swimming lessons for the girls family.  On hand for the ceremony were ISHOF partners, the National Swimming Pool Foundation Step Into Swim Program, the American Red Cross, USA Masters Swimming, Educa Publishing, Diversity in Aquatics, Kiwanis/ Every Child A Swimmer, the SWIMS Foundation, Florida Swim School, the Boys and Girls Club, the J'Mari Foundation and Ft. Lauderdale Ocean Rescue.

Masters Short Course Spring Nationals 
It was an action packed weekend for over 1,000 swimmers in Greensboro as many USMS National records were claimed. Thank you athletes and supporters for visiting Casey at the ISHOF table throughout the weekend to learn more about the History of Aquatic Sports and the 2016 International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame Induction on September 23, to be held in conjunction with USAS convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  More:
New Aquisitions
Mary Hoerger Williams scrapbook and photo collection.  Mary Hoerger remains the youngest US National Champion in any sport when she won the AAU Senior National Championships in springboard diving in 1935, at the age of 11. Thanks to Mary's daughters, Diane and Maryalice for sharing this incredible treasure that documents swimming and diving history in the 1930s.  Watch highlights of the 1935 championships & Mary's winning dive.

A 1638 reprint of the first book on the art of swimming.  Donated by Italian national swim coach Massimiliano Lombardi.  "Colymbetes sive de Arte Natandi dialogus"  By Nicolas Winman.  First published in 1528.  

Milestone Birthdays
Bob Clotworthy,
1980 ISHOF Honor Diver, turned 85 on May 8, 2016.
Happy  Birthday from all of us at ISHOF!

Havelange at 100 plans to attend the Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Joao Havelange,   1996 ISHOF Gold Medallion  recipient , turned 100 on May 8th. Seven years ago he delivered an impassioned speech in French, urging fellow International Olympic Committee members to choose Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics.   MORE:

Carol "Penny" Taylor 
turned 87 On May 10, and reflects on her career as Olympian, Coach, US Olympic Team Leader and Chef de Mission for 20 years at FINA World Championships.  Watch the interview :

Recent Visitors to the Hall of Fame Museum
L-R top: Jane Katz, 2016 Judge Martin Award recipient with Ivonne Schmid; Dawson Hughes, New Executive Director of US Masters Swimming with Bruce Wigo; Italian coaches Massimiliano Lombardi, Claudio Rosetto and Gianni Leoni. 
L-R bottom: Walt Johnson, 1997 Paragon Award winner, 1996 ISHOF Honoree Penny Lee Dean with daughter Katrina, Alvero Iglesias, son of 2003 ISHOF Honoree Horatio Iglesias with his family
In The News:
Michael Phelps welcomes first child to the world

Michael Phelps talks Rio, rehab and retirement with TODAY's Matt Lauer

Michael Phelps is heading into the Rio Olympics this summer as the most decorated Olympian of all time. But in an interview with TODAY's Matt Lauer, the 18-time gold medalist revealed some surprising details about his last Olympics - that he didn't even want to compete.  "Leading into London, I didn't want anything to do with the sport," Phelps told Lauer. "I think I was just over it. I think personally I had a lot of struggles getting through the four years after '08." Watch full interview:

Syrian Swimmer And Olympic Hopeful 
Saved Boat Of 20 Refugees

The 17-year-old girl who fled Syria in 2015 and pushed her sinking dinghy for THREE HOURS to Greece is swimming for glory at Rio 2016 in first ever Olympic refugee team.  Yusra Mardini was on an overcrowded migrant boat when the engine failed. The  Syrian refugee and her sister jumped into the water and pushed the dinghy across the Aegean until they reached the Greek island of Lesbos.  Nine months after fleeing war torn Syria, she is facing another big journey.  Yusra could become a member of the first Refugee Olympic Athletes team and compete in the Olympic Games in Brazil this summer.  Watch!

Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV killed in Iraq after ISIS breaks through Peshmerga lines

Charles was the  son of Charles Keating III, who was an Olympic swimmerin 1972. Gary Hall  Sr. was his uncle married to Mary Keating, who was a sister to Charles Keating III.

Passings:  Gail Kimball 

Gail Kimball passed away on May 1st at the age of 76. Gail was born on January 15, 1940,
in Atlanta, GA. She
studied Journalism and Japanese at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1963. She
 married ISHOF Honor Coach "Dick" Kimball in May of 1960. He was the new Head Diving Coach at the University of Michigan where he coached for 43 years, and volunteered for many more. She traveled around the world with her husband in 1960, who was doing diving shows on a Good Will Tour for the State Department. She was a stay at home mom who supported her husband's and children's dreams. She helped her husband run a diving camp for 23 years, and created, wrote, edited, and distributed a competitive diving newsletter called "Hi Diver" for seven years that inspired and educated a generation of divers and coaches throughout the world. As her children grew up, she coached diving at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School - See more:
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