Paragon Awards Presented By
Betty Hazle (USA)
2021 Paragon Award / Synchronized Swimming
Betty Hazle has done it all – athlete, coach, judge and sport administrator. Betty began her synchro journey as a member of the Garland Garlettes, Houston Corkettes, and San Antonio Cygnets. She served as an Athlete Representative from 1977-1980. Between 1978 and 1995, Betty gave back to the sport by coaching with the Walnut Creek Aquanuts, Irvine Meraquas and the Santa Clara Aquamaids. She was subsequently a member of the USA National Team coaching staff between 1989-1991 and 1994-1995.
As an administrator, Betty has served the Pacific Association in various positions, including as its technical chair, secretary and administrative chair. USA Synchro has benefited greatly from Betty’s extraordinary attention to detail and administrative skills. She has chaired both the rules, governance and international relations committees. Betty served on USA Synchro’s Board of Directors as Technical Vice Chair, Administrative Vice Chair and as the organization’s president. She has served as editor for the USA Synchro Rule Book for the past 20 years. Betty has served United States Aquatic Sports as Assistant Chef de Mission and Chef de Mission for the FINA World Championships for 14 years (2003-2017).
In 1982, Betty became a national judge and was certified as a FINA judge in 2001. She organized FINA Judges Schools in 2010 and 2014 and judged at the 2020 Olympic Games. Betty has chaired the UANA TASC Judges’ Subcommittee since 2015. She is currently serving as the UANA TASC Honorary Secretary.
Betty served as Administrative Support Coordinator for Synchronized Swimming, VII FINA World Cup (1995). In 1996, she served as the Secretariat Coordinator for synchronized swimming at the Olympic Games. Betty has managed the 2005 and 2009 UANA Junior Synchronized Swimming Championships. In 2005, she was awarded the Lillian MacKellar Award. In 2008, she was inducted into the USSS Hall of Fame and in 2011, Betty was presented the President’s Award from United States Synchronized Swimming.
During her tenure as chair of USA Synchro’s International Relations Committee, Betty has championed the club option program. This program promotes exchanges between USA clubs and those of other countries. Betty believes that these exchanges are important not only for the promotion of the sport, but to also promote a greater understanding and appreciation of different cultures.
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