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.
Member, FINA Synchronized Swimming Technical Committee
2014 Paragon Award / Synchronized Swimming
Miwako Homma, of Japan, has been involved in synchronized swimming on all levels; elite athlete, author, professor, judge, evaluator, official and coach, Miwako Homma has participated in all realms.
As an athlete, Miwako was the 1984 bronze medalist in both the solo and duet events at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In addition, she won the bronze medal in both the solo and the team events at the 1982 World Championships in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She has coached Japan’s National
Team from 1986 to 1991, and was on the coaching staff for the 1986 and 1990 World Championship Teams. Miwako has been a FINA synchronized swimming judge from 1994 to present, a FINA synchronized swimming evaluator from 2000 to the present, as well as serving as a member of the FINA Technical Committee from 2000 to present.
She has edited the synchronized section of the “FINA Handbook”, as well as the “Figures Section” of the “FINA Manual”. Miwako serves on the Board of Directors for the Japan Swimming Federation; is chairperson for Japan’s Synchronized Swimming Committee; and is a professor at the Institute of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Teukuba. She has written several academic journal articles involving the techniques employed in synchronized swimming, and has done extensive research analyzing the “eggbeater (rotary) kick” which is utilized in synchronized swimming today.
Miwako Homma has made great contributions to the sport of synchronized swimming over the past 30 years and proudly represents Japan on the international stage for her sport.
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