The Annual Paragon Awards, sponsored by Pentair Aquatic Systems, are presented for outstanding contributions to: Competitive Swimming, Water Polo, Competitive Diving, Aquatic Safety, Synchronized Swimming and Recreational Swimming.
Andrew "Andy" Burke
2005 Paragon Award / Water Polo
Andy Burke was a water polo player and coach, but his greatest contribution to the sport came as an administrator for over 50 years serving on U.S. and International Committees.
As an athlete, he narrowly missed selection for the U.S. Olympic Games of 1956 and 1960 and Pan American Games of 1955 and 1959. After retirement as a player, he not only served the sport as a referee but took over administrative responsibility for the Pacific Water Polo Committee within the AAU and continued to serve in that position within U.S. Water Polo (which replaced the AAU in 1978). He became the chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee 1960-1964 (member 1960-1976) and then Manager of the
1964 U.S. Olympic Water Polo Team. Within U.S. Water Polo, he has been the Chairman of the AAU National Committee, Rules Committee (1978-86), chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee 1960-1964 (member 1960-1976) and then Manager of the 1964 U.S. Olympic Water Polo Team. Within U.S. Water Polo, he has been the Chairman of the AAU National Committee, Rules Committee (1978-86), Western Zone (1961-67), House of Delegates (1977-88), Games Site Selection and National Training Center Committee (1985-88), Strategic Planning Committee (1985-86), U.S. Olympic International Committee (1977-88), the Executive Committee (1963-81) serving as secretary and president, and the AAU Restructuring Committee (1968-77). Andy has been the ASUA Water Polo Committee Chairman (1963-75) and Executive Committee Secretary/Treasurer (1975-87). He was the U.S. Chef de Mission at the 1991 Perth World Championships and a founding member of the Association International de Arbitres de Water Polo (A1A), the International Water Polo Referees Association headquartered in Italy. Andy has served on the pool deck as director of the U.S. Outdoor National Championships (1978-86).
Additionally, he has been a member of ASUA since 1967, Executive Committee (1975-1996). He worked at various international competitions i.e.: 1968-1972, 1976, 1988 Olympic Games-official, 1978-1998 World Championship-FINA assistant, 1999 FINA World Cup and 2000 Olympic Games-consultant, 1997-1999 U.S. Cup and 1998 Goodwill Games-meet director; U.S. Team manager 1964; Member U.S. Olympic House of Delegates 1977-1990, Alternate Representative to USOC board of Delegates from U.S. Water Polo 1992-2000; 1967 Pan American Games, U.S. National level 1951-1978; U.S. Aquatic Sports: Secretary 1980-1990; Delegate at 1988 FINA Congress; U.S. Water Polo: Member of Board of Directors 1978-present, Executive Council 1995-present; Chairman Rules Committee 1978-1990; Director Outdoor National Championship eight times from 1978-1999; Manager U.S. Water Polo Team 1973 World Championships.