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.
Eldon Godfrey (CAN) / FINA Bureau Member
2008 Paragon Award / Competitive Diving
Eldon Godfrey has served aquatic sports at the local, provincial, national and international levels for thirty five years. Eldon's first administrative position in aquatics came when he served as Founding President of the University of Calgary Diving Club, from 1973-1976. By August of 1976, his dedication and talents were quickly recognized and Canada didn't waste any time in electing Eldon to serve as President of the Canadian Amateur Diving Association, a position he held through 1980. It was during this time, he became a Director of the Aquatic Federation of Canada, where he served as Chef de Mission and led the Canadian Aquatics Team to the 3rd FINA World Championships in Berlin, Germany.
After serving only seven years in the sport in Canada, FINA, the world governing body of aquatic disciplines, appointed Eldon to serve as a member of the FINA Technical Diving Committee, a position he held from 1980 to 1996. In 1984, he was appointed Honorary Secretary of the Committee and Vice Chairman from 1988 to 1996. In 1996, he was elected as a Member of the FINA Bureau and continues to serve on the Bureau today. Currently he is the Bureau Liaison to the Technical Diving Committee.
Eldon has also served as a diving judge at the highest levels. He has judged and refereed in four Olympic Games, four World Championships, eight World Cups, three Pan American Games and many other international events. Since retiring from his profession as a Chartered Accountant in 2005, Eldon continues to volunteer his time to diving and to the International Swimming Hall of Fame where he has served multiple years on the ISHOF Board of Directors.