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 Gold Medallion Award


The International Swimming Hall of Fame Gold Medallion Award is presented each year to a former competitive swimmer for his or her national or international significant achievements in the field of science, entertainment, art, business, education, or government. There are no restrictions other than the recipient must be an outstanding adult whose life has served as an inspiration for youth.



Presenting the ISHOF Gold Medallion Award Winners...

2011
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

His Serene Highness, Prince Albert, Alexandre, Louis, Pierre - Sovereign Prince of Monaco- Marquis of Baux, was born on the 14th March 1958. 

His Highness is the son of Prince Rainier the III, Louis Henri-Maxence-Bertrand - and Princess Grace - the daughter of John B. Kelly, Sr., of Philadelphia.

When Prince Albert took over the reins of the Mediterranean principality of Monaco, upon the death of his father Prince Rainier, on April 6, 2005, he brought a wealth of training, dedication and long years of experience in international and governmental affairs to the role.

Albert first studied at Monaco’s Lycee Albert First, graduating with distinction in 1976. He went on to Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he studied political science, economics, psychology, philosophy and English literature. He speaks four languages, is a licensed helicopter pilot and is a reserve Lieutenant Commander in the Navy.

While his accomplishments in the academic sphere are impressive, the Prince’s accomplishments and interest in the world of athletics are truly remarkable. He was the Lycee’s best middle-distance runner and a champion swimmer. At Amherst he trained in javelin, and also played on the Monaco soccer team for four years. A black-belt in judo, he has participated in five Olympic Games as a member of Monaco’s national bobsleigh team. A member of the International Olympic Committee since 1985, He is also President of both the Monegasque Olympic Committee and Monegasque Swimming Federation –sponsors of one of the world’s most famous swimming meets - held annually in Monte Carlo – the Mare Nostrum.

His interest in athletics, particularly swimming - and the legacy of his Kelly side of the family - is his connection to the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

His maternal grandfather, John B. Kelly, Sr., was a legendary Olympic rowing champion, businessman, philanthropist and civic leader. His uncle, John B. Kelly, Jr. – Grace’s brother - followed in his father’s footsteps on all accounts. He won the legendary Diamond Sculls Rowing Regatta at Henley, the A.A.U.’s Sullivan Award as America’s best amateur athlete in 1947 and participated in four Olympic Games. It was “Kel’s” romance and marriage to Olympic swimmer, Mary Freeman, that led the Kelly family to become patrons of American swimming and the John B. Kelly Olympic Pool, in Philadelphia. Built in 1954, Kelly Pool hosted U.S. National Swimming and Diving Championships for over two decades and many were won by Vesper Boat Club Swimming Team –coached by Mary Freeman Kelly, the first American woman coach to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Before being elected President of the United States Olympic Committee in 1985, John B. Kelly, Jr. served as President of the International Swimming Hall of Fame from 1981 to 1984.

Since 1993, Prince Albert has led the Monegasque delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations.
He is Chairman of the Mediterranean Science Commission.

He has visited the North Pole by dog sled from the Russian base of Barneo, 120 kilometres away and in January of 2009, he undertook a three-week scientific journey in the Antarctic.

He has established the Prince Albert the second of Monaco Foundation dedicated to protecting the environment.

He has made important contributions in the fields of Human rights, child protection laws, privacy rights, freedom of expression and gender equity and has proved to be particularly concerned with the Principality’s economic development in a spirit of ethics and transparency and is committed to a policy of developing facilities and conducting major public work projects.

His Serene Highness Prince Albert’s interests and life’s work span the broad spectrum of world affairs and he has received many international awards, including: The Teddy Roosevelt Medal awarded by the United States Congress / The Roger Revelle prize from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography / The Awards of Honorary Membership in Geographical Societies of Russia and Italy.


      Guy Harvey
2010
Guy Harvey
Giovanni “Nanni” Moretti
2008
Giovanni “Nanni” Moretti
Adolph Keifer
2007
Adolph Keifer
Esther Williams
2007
Esther Williams
Julian (Tex) Robertson
2006
Jim Press
Julian (Tex) Robertson
2005
E. Clay Shaw
cirque
2004
Cirque du Soleil "O"
Julian (Tex) Robertson
2003
Julian "Tex" Robertson

 

Dick Pound
2002
Richard W. Pound

Sandra Baldwin
2001
Sandra Baldwin
Gregory J. Bonann
2000
Gregory J. Bonann
Mayor James Whelan
1999
Mayor James Whelan

Rogers B.
1998
Rogers B. "Tiger" Holmes

Paul W. Bucha
1997
Paul W. Bucha

Joao Havelange
1996
Joao Havelange


Buddy Ebsen
1996
Buddy Ebsen


Jim Moran
1995
Jim Moran

Paul Tsongas
1993
Paul Tsongas

Andrew Young
1992
Andrew Young

Donna deVarona
1991
Donna deVarona

Dr. James E. Counsilman
1990
Dr. James E. Counsilman

Fred M. Kirby III
1989
Fred M. Kirby II

Ronald Reagan
1988
Ronald Reagan

Willard Garvey
1987
Willard Garvey

Captain David McCampbell
1986
Captain David McCampbell

William E. Simon
1985
William E. Simon

Art Linkletter
1984
Art Linkletter

Barry Goldwater
1983
Barry Goldwater


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