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FORT LAUDERDALE, – The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) today announced that Dr. Guy Harvey, swimmer, scientist, educator, author, entrepreneur, conservationist, photographer and the world’s premier marine wildlife artist, will be the recipient of ISHOF’s 2010 Gold Medallion Award.  The award will be presented to Dr. Harvey during ISHOF’s 46th Annual Induction Ceremony on Saturday, May 8, 2010, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The Gold Medallion, ISHOF’s highest honor, is conferred annually upon an individual who has been a competitive swimmer, water polo player, diver or synchronized swimmer and who has achieved international recognition for accomplishments in the fields of science, entertainment, art, business, education, or government. There are no restrictions other than the recipient must be an outstanding adult whose life serves as an inspiration for youth. The list of past recipients includes U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater, U.S. President Ronald Reagan, U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young, Congressman E. Clay Shaw, entertainers Art Linkletter, Buddy Ebsen and Esther Williams, U.S. Treasury Secretary William Simon, and businessmen F.M. Kirby, Jim Moran and Jim Press.  For the complete list, please see:  http://www.ishof.org/awards/goldmed.html

A 10th generation Jamaican of English heritage, Guy Harvey grew up in Jamaica where he spent many hours fishing and diving with his father along the Island’s south coast. He was obsessed with the creatures of the sea and began drawing pictures of the many different fish he observed.  Guy initially opted for a scientific education, earning high honors in Marine Biology at Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1977. While at Aberdeen, Guy was on the University swim and water polo teams for four years, 1973-77, serving as captain of the swim team for two years, 1976 -77, and president of the Scottish Universities Swimming Association in 1977.  Guy swam the 100m, 200m, 400m, and occasionally 1500m freestyle.  In both 1976 and 1977 his team placed second to Edinburgh University in the British Universities Sports Federations (BUSF) annual swimming championship. When Guy returned to Jamaica to begin work on his PhD in Fisheries Management at the University of the West Indies, in Kingston, he swam and played water polo for the Jamaican national teams, 1978 – 80.  

In 1985, popular response to Guy’s pen and ink depiction of Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man & the Sea led him to pursue painting full-time. Today, his art is extremely popular with sport fishermen and is routinely reproduced on canvas, fine art prints, posters, jewelry and books, as well as being licensed for use in merchandising such as T-shirts, aloha-style shirts, belts, hats etc.

The syndicated television series, Guy Harvey’s Portraits from the Deep, based on his book of the same name, combines the showcasing of sport fishing destinations with educational information from marine scientists in an entertainment format.  Harvey’s Santiago’s Finest Hour, is an illustrated depiction of the protagonist Santiago’s fight with a fish in the Ernest Hemmingway novella “The Old Man and the Sea”.  Harvey’s name is also associated with a chain of restaurants called “Guy Harvey’s Island Grill” with locations in Grand Cayman, Key West, Orange Beach, Marco Island and Panama City Beach.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Induction Ceremony is part of a multi-day celebration of the enshrinement of the newest Hall of Fame Class.  To be held in Fort Lauderdale, May 6 – 9, 2010 the festival includes a number of special public events featuring the Enshrinement Ceremony on Saturday evening, May 8, 2010.  Other major public events include the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix (all day, May 6 – May 9), the Hall of Fame open water swim (Saturday morning, May 8) and the Paragon Awards (Friday evening, May 7). 

Members of the Class of 2010 who will be enshrined in Fort Lauderdale, include Honor Swimmers Brooke Bennett (USA), Petria Thomas (Australia) and Franziska Van Almsick (Germany); Honor Synchronized Swimmer, Maria Kisseleva (Russia); Honor Open Water Swimmer, Paul Asmuth (USA); Honor Swimming Coaches, Murray Stephens (USA) and Tamas Szechy (Hungary); Honor Pioneer Diver, Larry Griswold (USA); Honor Pioneer Swimmer, Teofilo Yldefonso (Philippines); and, Honor Contributor, Cornel Marculescu (Romania).

Ticket information can be found on the Hall of Fame’s website at http://www.ishof.org

The International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inc. (ISHOF), established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of all adults and children. It accomplishes this through operation of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, a dynamic museum and shrine dedicated to the history, memory, and recognition of the famous swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers and people involved in life saving activities and education whose lives and accomplishments inspire, educate, and provide role models for people around the world. For more information visit http://www.ishof.org

About the Class of 2010
Honor Swimmers:
Brooke Bennett (USA)
Three time Olympic gold medalist winning back-to-back 800m freestyle gold medals in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. 2000 Olympic gold medalist in 400m freestyle also winning gold, silver and bronze medals in the 1994 and 1998 World Championships.

Petria Thomas (AUS)
Australia’s premier butterfly swimmer winning silver and bronze medals at the 2000 Olympic Games and gold medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in the 100m butterfly and as a member of both the 4 x 100m medley and freestyle relays. A seven times medal winner at the 1998 and 2001 World Championships, she also won five Commonwealth Games medals in 1994, 1998, and 2002.

Franziska Van Almsick (GER)
Four-time Olympic swimmer winning a total of 10 medals from the Games of 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004. One World Record in the 200m freestyle. 21 European Championship medals from 1993 to 2002. Three-time European Swimmer of the Year, German Sportswoman of the Year and 1993 World Swimmer of the Year.

Honor Synchronized Swimmer:
Maria Kisseleva (RUS)
Russia’s first Olympic gold medalist in synchronized swimming with teammate Olga Brusnikina in duet and team competition in 2000 Sydney.  2004 Olympic gold in team event. Never lost a duet or team competition from 1996 to 2004. Three-time World Championship gold medalist. Six-time FINA World Cup medalist.

Honor Open Water Swimmer
Paul Asmuth (USA)
The most dominant marathon swimmer on the professional circuit during the 1980’s. Seven World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation Titles. Competed in 59 International Marathon Swimming Races. First around Manhattan Island under seven hours. Most wins at La Traversee du Lac Memphremagog and Canada.

For information about the International Swimming Hall of Fame go to www.ishof.org or call 954-462-6536. 

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