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.
William J. Shaw (CAN) / UANA Bureau Member
2008 Paragon Award /Water Polo
A distinguished lawyer and Senior Partner at McDougall Gauley LLP in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, William J. "Bill" Shaw, has been a prominent figure in the sport of water polo for over 38 years. He was introduced to the sport at the University of Saskatchewan as a player and continued playing with the SaskatoonWater Polo Club after graduation. In 1976, while still playing, Bill began a long and distinguished career as a referee. Working his way from local and provincial championships, Bill was soon recognized as one of Canada's finest officials and in 1981 was chosen by the Canadian Water Polo Association to be an evaluator of referees at both domestic and international competitions – a position he still holds today. In
1981 Bill was also chosen to serve as a member of the Technical Water Polo Committee of the Union Americana de Natacion (UANA). As a member of UANA's Executive Committee since 1991, Bill serves as the organization's water polo liaison. From 1992 to 2005 Bill served as a member of the Technical Water Polo Committee of the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA), and as the committee's Honorary Secretary" from 1992 – 1996. During his career, Bill has served the sport of water polo as a coach, director, president, vice-president, secretary or member of every local, provincial, national and international water polo organization open to him and has made friends and earned the respect of everyone associated with aquatics and the sport of water polo, both in Canada and around the world.