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.
Eugenio Martinez Ginoris (CUB)
2010 Paragon Award – Water Polo
During the 2009 FINA Congress held in Rome, Eugenio was elected to the FINA Bureau. But his involvement in water polo goes back many years.
At age ten, he started swimming at Cubanaleco Club in Havana attending the National Swimming Championships from 1957-1959.
As member of the Cuban National Swimming team, he represented his country at the IX Central American
and Caribbean Games in Jamaica, 1962. He joined Cuba's Water Polo National Team competing at the1966 X Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico, 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, 1968 Pre-Olympics of Mexico and several Water Polo Championships in Europe and America.
Since 1969, Martínez has been a technical trainer for water polo providing assistance as in 1988 serving as trainer of the Kuwait National Water Polo Team. In 1970, Martínez earned the title of FINA International Water Polo Referee. In 1974, he passed the first FINA classification for categories A, B and C with only eight referees worldwide in the A category.
As a FINA international referee, Martínez participated in six Olympic Games (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1992 and 1996) also attending three Olympic Games as Member of FINA Technical Water Polo Committee (2000, 2004, 2008). He also attended 10 Pan American Games, 10 Central American and Caribbean Games, 6 World University Games and 4 South American Games.
In 1996 during the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Martinez was awarded the FINA Silver Pin and in Athens 2004, the International Association of Water Polo Referees (AIA) named him an Honorary Member.
Due to the FINA Development and Olympic Solidarity Program, and under the sponsorship of ODEPA Solidaridad Panamericana, Martinez has been a guest speaker in many conferences, seminaries and lectures in more than 30 countries.