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August 24 – Happy Birthday Duke Kahanamoku! 

In honor of August birthdays and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we would like to celebrate the Duke on his birthday, which only seems fitting.  These are the very first Olympic Games that surfing has been added as an Olympic sport to the Games.  Duke, who grew up and lived his life in Honolulu, was called the Father of Surfing.  I think he would be pleased that surfing has finally be added to the Olympic program.  

The Duke was a four-time Olympian, 1912, 1920, 1924, and 1932, with three gold and two silver medals in swimming, as well as a member of the 1920 and 1932 water polo teams. Read more about Duke

August Honoree Birthdays


 1 - Blitz, Gerard* (BEL) - read bio
      Lee, Sammy* (USA) - read bio
 2 - Molnár, Tamás
(HUN) - read bio
      Neall, Gail (AUS) - read bio
      O’Neill, Susie (AUS) - read bio
      Wildschut, Monique (NED) - read bio
 3 - Taylor-Smith, Shelley (AUS)  - read bio
 4 - Lonzi, Gianni (ITA) - read bio
 5 - Farago, Tamas (HUN) - read bio
      McGilllvray, Perry* (USA) - read bio
 6 - Asmuth, Paul (USA) - read bio
      Sakamoto, Soichi* (JPN) - read bio

 7 - Hall, Sr., Gary, (USA) - read bio
      Klochkova, Yana (UKR) - read bio
 8 - Arai, Shigeo* (JPN) - read bio
      Williams, Esther* (USA) - read bio
 9 - Oyakawa, Yoshi (USA) - read bio
      Vassallo, Jesse (USA)  - read bio
10- Lonsbrough, Anita (AUS)  - read bio
11- Henne, Jan (USA) - read bio
12- Bussard, Ray* (USA) - read bio
      Charlton, Andrew “Boy”* (AUS)  - read bio
      Gallagher, Harry (AUS)  - read bio
13- Klim, Michael (AUS) to be inducted in October 2021
14- Meyer, Debbie (USA) - read bio
      Perkins, Kieren (AUS)  - read bio
      Tobian, Gary (USA) - read bio
15- Burke, Andy* (USA) - read bio
      Hansen, Brendan (USA) to be inducted in October 2021
      Hatfield, John* (GBR) - read bio
16- Egerzszegi, Krisztina (HUN) - read bio
      Fu, Mingxia (CHN) - read bio
17- Jezic, Zdravko* (YUG) - read bio
      Szoke, Katalin* (USA) - read bio
18- Armbruster, Dave* (USA) - read bio
      Borg, Arne* (SWE) - read bio
      Malchow, Tom (USA)  - read bio
20- Boyle, Charlotte* (USA) - read bio
      Nicholas, Cindy* (USA) - read bio
      Szivos, Sr., Istvan* (HUN) - read bio
      Van Feggelen, Iet* (NED) - read bio
23- Talbot, Don (USA) - read bio
      Urbanchek, Jon (USA) - read bio
24- de Bruijn, Inge (NED) - read bio
      Kahanamoku, Duke* (USA) - read bio
      Sieben, Jon (AUS)  to be inducted in October 2021
25- O’Connor, Wally* (USA) - read bio
      Renford, Desmond* (AUS) - read bio
      Thomas, Petria (AUS) - read bio
26- Kinsella, John (USA) - read bio
27- Garton, Tim* (USA) - read bio
      Liang, Tian (CHN) - read bio
      Mulliken, Bill* (USA) - read bio
      Potter, Cynthia (USA) - read bio
28- Evans, Janet (USA) - read bio
      Smith, Jimmy* (USA) - read bio
29- Bebic, Milivoj (YUG/CRO) - read bio
      Hoffman, Falk (GER) - read bio

        Streeter, Alison (GBR) - read bio
30- Huerzeler, Peter (SUI) to be inducted in October 2021
      Jones, Leisel (AUS) - read bio

        Kotani, Mikako (JPN) - read bio
31- Colwin, Cecil * (CAN) - read bio
      Crocker, Ian (USA)  - read bio


See all honorees.  If you are an Honoree and we missed your birthday, please e-mail meg@ishof.org....we’d love to hear from you!
* = Deceased

Friday,  July 16, 2021: Ft. Lauderdale’s Sun Sentinel (local newspaper): 

Pool for the stars: New Hall of Fame complex on the way with dive tower to the sky

FORT LAUDERDALE — Just a block from the ocean, a swimmer’s paradise with sparkling pools and the tallest dive tower in the USA is taking shape to the tune of $47 million.
When the new Swimming Hall of Fame complex opens, all eyes will be on Fort Lauderdale, fans say.

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Camilo Cametti Steps down after 25 years as Chairman of ISHOF committee
Camillo Cametti Steps Down After 25 Years as Chairman of the 
ISHOF Selection Committee

The International Swimming Hall of Fame would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Camillo Cametti for his dedicated service as the Chairman of the ISHOF Honoree Selection Committee for the past 25 years.  He began serving as Chairman of ISHOF’s Selection Committee in 1996, the year of the Atlanta Olympic Games.

Camillo’s influence, knowledge and wisdom will be sorely missed by the International Swimming Hall of Fame family.  He served the aquatic community well.  Anybody who ever had the privilege of meeting or working with Camillo walked away with greater perspectives. Of all the people that I have met and work with over the years, I cannot think of a finer gentleman who radiated confidence and respect more than Camillo.   He remains the epitome of a true journalist dedicated to aquatic sports. Thank you for your service!
– Brent Rutemiller, ISHOF CEO, Swimming World Magazine Publisher

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ISHOF Induction Ceremony Info
Time to get your tickets for the 2021 ISHOF and Masters Honoree Induction Weekend
Russell McKinnon ISHOF selection committee chairman
Russell McKinnon Named Chairman of ISHOF’s Selection Committee

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) has named Mr. Russell McKinnon, of Western Australia, as the new Chairman of the ISHOF Selection Committee.  The position became available after the retirement of Mr. Camillo Cametti of Verona, Italy who stepped down after 25 years of service.

McKinnon has been a member of the ISHOF Selection Committee for over 22 years and is more than qualified to step into the position.

When asked to serve as Chairman, McKinnon said, “I have always enjoyed my liaison with ISHOF and had flights booked to attend last year’s induction — my first.  I wanted to see one of my nominees inducted — Jon Sieben.  I enjoy being immersed in the histories of people involved in the aquatic community and in my role as a Member of the FINA Media Committee.”

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Honoree Herman Willemse Passage
Dutch Open Water Honoree Herman Willemse dies at the age of 87

International Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree Herman Willemse of the Netherlands passed away July 7, 2021, at the age of 87.

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