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NEW AQUATIC CENTER
DECEMBER CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS

The site was closed to the public in April 2019 to allow onsite mobilization. The augercast test piles were successfully completed, and light demolition has begun. Primary power electrical installation is complete. Florida Power and Light (FPL) is scheduled to decommission the existing onsite electrical vaults this month, which will allow final demolition to be completed and open the site up to more construction activities.

After final demolition occurs, sheet pile installation will begin around the competition pool and the proposed dive pool and dewatering activities will follow behind.


City Staff is exploring additional scope items for the project which include a 27-Meter Dive Tower and Athlete Locker Room Renovations. Hensel Phelps is working on design concepts for the 27-Meter dive tower and pricing the concepts.
From all of us at the International Swimming Hall of Fame,
we want to wish you a wonderful New Year!

In the spirit of the holidays, we hope you will support
the International Swimming Hall of Fame this year by

Making A Year End Donation.
There are still of few days left!


Your donation helps our vision to be the focal point for recording and
sharing the history of aquatics, promoting swimming as an essential
life-skill, and developing educational programs and events related to
water sports.

Our mission is to collaborate with aquatic organizations worldwide to
preserve, educate and celebrate history, showcase events, share
cultures, and increase participation in aquatic sports.


 Thank you and have a prosperous 2020!


The International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inc. is registered as a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization, incorporated in the State of Florida. Contributions to
ISHOF are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
ROLAND MATTHES, THE ROLLS ROYCE OF BACKSTROKE, MOURNED BY WORLD SWIMMING
by CRAIG LORD - SWIMMING WORLD EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
22 December 2019

 
Obituary  
Roland Matthes (17 November 1950 – 20 December 2019)

Roland Matthes, the most decorated backstroke ace in history, the G.O.A.T. of the stroke, died on Friday, December 20, 2019 in Wertheim, Baden-Württemberg, after a short, severe illness. He was 69.
His wife Daniela confirmed the sad news to the German press agency DPA at the weekend and the German swimming federation (DSV) has issued a short statement.
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THE ISHOF AQUATIC COMPLEX
photos taken December 8, 2019
A Birds eye view

 
A very special thank you to Tyler and Terry Lee Lage who shared these great photos of ISHOF with us . They were taken with Tyler's drone.....How fabulous are these ISHOF photos from up above?
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BEAUTIFUL PIECE ON URSULA CARLILE
ONE OF OUR NEWEST HONOREES (CLASS OF 2020)


 from our very own, Swimming World Editor in Chief, Craig Lord.
 

I got a Christmas card from Australia today with this beautiful stamp on it commemorating 100 years since the first England to Australia flight ... what an adventure, what a Ride!

Make that Ryde. The card was from Ursula Carlile. Each year, she tops my chart of beautifully crafted year-end travelogues, no longer with Forbes, who passed away in 2016 as racing was about to begin in Rio. How I miss his emails of tireless campaigning for the betterment of swimming and swimmers.

He was urging the Athlete Voice to let itself be heard decades before the current gen catch-up on rights, welfare, representation and much else. He was urging governors to adopt good governance athlete-first practices several decades ago. We wait yet, alas.

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ROBERT “BOB” BURNSIDE PASSES AWAY,
DECEMBER 11, 2019 
Founding President, United States Lifesaving Association and
2014 Paragon Award / Aquatic Safety 

Bob was perhaps the best known and most iconic lifeguard in the United States. His contributions to water safety are extraordinary. His love of aquatics was probably most influenced by his stepfather, 1920 Olympian and ISHOF Honoree, Stubby (Harold Herman) Krueger, and his mother, Jane Mackenzie, who was a Ziegfeld Follies dancer.

In his early years, Bob was selected 22 times to the “All American Swim Team”, and three times to the “All American Water Polo Team”. In high school, he was the national record holder in the 100-yard backstroke and the 120-yard IM. He was the first high school swimmer in the US to break the one-minute barrier in the 100-yard backstroke!
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PARTING SHOT
The ISHOF family gathering at Marion Washburn's retirement home to celebrate the holiday season.
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