JULY 2015

Best Quote
Best Moment
Best Turnout
New Aquisitions
New Movie
2015 ISHOF Enshrinement
2015 Honoree Enshrinement
2015 ISHOF and Paragon
Remembering 1955 & 1975
Behind the Scences
City of FLL To Honor Ron O'Brien
David Yudovin Memorial Service
ISHOF Visitors
Greak National Water Safety Program launched
Dear Friends of ISHOF
Best Quote

Jim Gaughran's acceptance speech was interrupted several times by a crying baby.  When MC John Naber returned to the mic, he said: "My  coach, Peter Daland, once told me that if my old rival Jim Gaughran ever gets into the Hall of Fame, make sure there is a crying baby in the audience."

Best Moment
Olympic great Shirley Babashoff (USA) presenting the mantle to her old rival, 
Enith Brigitha (NED). 
Best Turnout

Greatest show of support.  Over 80 athletes and friends of coach Don Watson came to Santa Clara to celebrate coach Watson's enshrinement.  A Hall of Fame record.

John Kinsella, Don Watson & Sandra Bucha

Best Team
USA's 1955 Pan Am Synchro gold medal winning team returned to Santa Clara for a reunion during the 2015 ISHOF Enshrinement Weekend

Irene van der Laan's (NED) enshrinement as an open water swimmer comes on the 135th anniversary of Captain Matthew Webb's historic first crossing of the English Channel.  A bio-picture about Webb's life: The Greatest Englishman is scheduled for  release in August!
Captain Webb
Captain Webb
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2015 ISHOF  Enshrinement Weekend 
A Success In Santa Clara
The International Swimming Hall of Fame  (ISHOF) held its first Enshrinement event in the City of Santa Clara, CA,  Thursday through Sunday, June 18 - 21.
2015 Honoree Enshrinement
Saturday evening, five hundred attendees packed into the Santa Clara Convention Center for the 51st Annual Enshrinement Ceremonies and dinner, presented by Speedo.  Olympic and Hall of Fame Great John Naber did a marvelous job as Master of Ceremonies for the Class of 2015. Highlights included Hall of Famer Shirley Babashoff presenting the award to Enith Brigitha, nearly 80 former Hinsdale High grads on hand to support Don Watson and an inspiring speech by ISHOF Gold Medallion recipient Anne Warner Cribbs.

The 2015 ISHOF Class - LtR:  Don Watson (USA) - Coach, 
Enith Brigitha (NED) - Swimmer, Bartolo Consolo (ITA) - Contributor, Ivo Trumbic (CRO) - Water Polo, Anastasia Ermakova (RUS) - Synchronized Swimming, Irene van der Laan (NED) - Open Water Swimmer, Anne Cribbs (USA) - Gold Medallion,  Jim Gaughran (USA) - Coach, Karlyn Pipes (USA) - Masters  Swimmer, Boxi Liang (CHN) -Pioneer Diver/Coach..
On Friday night ISHOF hosted the 20th Annual Paragon Awards, sponsored by Pentair Aquatics, at the  Santa Clara Hilton Hotel. ISHOF CEO Bruce Wigo and four time Olympian and Olympic gold medalist Sheila Taormina acted as Masters of the Ceremony. On hand to welcome the assemblage and pay special tribute to ISHOF ' s Service Award recipient, Kevin Moore, was Jamie Mathews, Mayor of Santa Clara.  Others receiving awards on Friday night included: Julie O ' Neill, Jim Sti l ton, Mary Ann Reeves, Dan Sharadin, Lori Thompson, Peter Wernicki, Cindy and Johnny Johnson, Dr. Sam Britten and Jim Reiser. Jeff Farrell, Sheila Taormina and Barb Rosenstock r e ceived Buck Dawson Author Awards.
Remembering the 1955 & 1975 
Pan Am Games and 1975 FINA World Championship  Reunion Lunch
On Saturday afternoon there was a luncheon for the honorees,
Donna de Varona and Sharon Finneran
award recipients and for partic
i pants of the 1955 and 1975 Pan American Games and 1975 World Championships at Mission College.  Highlights were shown of the competitions and amazingly, the entire 1955 US Synchro Swimming t eam that brought home the gold medal in the first FINA sanctioned synchro comp e tition were on hand.

At the luncheon, Hall of Famers Donna deVarona, Micki King, John Naber and Gold Medallion Anne Cribbs invited USA Olympians to join them in Las Vegas for the 2016 All-Sport Olympian Reunion.
On Saturday night, the Santa Clara Aquamaids volunteered to be our flag bearers for the traditional flag parade at the opening of our 2015 Enshrinement Ceremony. As they were preparing backstage, they had the unforgettable opportunity to meet their idol and four time  Olympic Champion in Synchronized Swimming, Anastasia Ermakova, who got inducted into ISHOF
that very night. 
A big thank you to the Santa Clara Aquamaids, who did a fabulous job carrying the flags and representing the countries of our 2015 Honorees! 
City of Fort Lauderdale 
Honors Ron O'Brien 


On Saturday May 23rd, the City of Fort Lauderdale honored eight time Olympic coach and ISHOF Honor Coach Ron O'Brien by placing this stone in their Walk of Fame along the boardwalk. To see video footage, click here:

Congrats from all of us at ISHOF to a well-deserved honor!



Memorial Service

An Honorable Sea Burial for David Yudovin


At 3 pm on Friday, April 3, many mourners gathered high on the hill at Leffingwell Landing, Cambria to honor the life of David Yudovin who passed away suddenly on March 28.

With no pomp and circumstance, local dignitaries, family and friends stepped forward to share their memories and stories. Every narrative building on the next, triggering recollections of people, places, events, struggles and achievements - every word, each laugh and tear painted a new perspective until we shared a complete and perfect understanding of the man we called David - inspirational, motivational, philanthropic, hard working, community leader, loving and loyal friend, uncle, brother, son and husband.More:

ISHOF Visitors

Bruce Wigo showing the robe of Wu Chanyu to Coach Xianghao Mu and his wife Yining  Zhang.  Xianghao was Wu's teammate in China in the 1950s and was China's national swimming coach in the 1980s.  Yining was China's national diving team doctor in the 1980's. 





  Manuel dos Santos, of  Brazil,

visits the Hall of Fame with his family.  He was the Olympic bronze medalist in the 100 free in Rome (1960)  and set the world record for the event in 1961.

Greek National Water Safety Program Is Launched
Greece is a country with two mainland peninsulas and thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. 

Along the coastlines and amid the islands, more than 400 people per year lose their lives annually by drowning. 
Dear Friends of ISHOF!

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of those who participated in the recent events in Santa Clara for your support and we look forward to working with the world's family of aquatic sports to make everyone proud of our new Museum and Hall of Fame in the City of Santa Clara.




Please join us as we begin a new journey and create a new legacy for Swimming in our new home..



Bruce Wigo

President/ CEO 

The International Swimming Hall of Fame