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.
Rose Cody (PUR)
FINA Masters Committee Member
2009 Paragon Award / Synchronized Swimming
Puerto Rico is glad to have Rose Cody as a citizen. She put synchronized swimming on the map in her country in 1976, after having seen it for the first time in Mexico in 1975. By 1977, Puerto Rico was participating in Regional competition with the CCCAN Championships, and Rose immediately began to contribute to synchro's rise in popularity.
For 20 years, she was the Chairperson of her federation's Synchronized Swimming Committee—Federacion Puertoriqueña de Natacion (1976-1992, 1994-1997). She was Chairperson of the Synchronized Swimming
Technical Committee (1976-2004) of CCCAN (Central American and Caribbean Swimming Confederation). Since 1992, she has been a member of UANA(Union de Natacion de Las Americas) serving eight years as Chairperson and twelve years as Secretary. With UANA's governance of the Pan American Games, she has served as referee and judge at every Games since 1979.
She became a member of the FINA Masters Committee in 1994 representing synchro and currently is the longest serving member of the committee. She was a FINA judge from 1976 to 2004, when mandatory age requirements caused her retirement. She has been the Synchro Swimming Director at every FINA Masters World Championships since 1994. She has been a referee, judge and administrator at all events from grass roots to CCCAN, CISC and CAC (Central American and Caribbean Games). She has conducted clinics in over 18 countries throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Rose can be called the "Mother of Synchronized Swimming in Puerto Rico" as she has the distinction of introducing Synchronized Swimming in her country and helped to develop the sport there and around the region.