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Al Schoenfield Media Award



For over 30 years, Camillo Cametti has been writing about sport. To Camillo, a sportsman, it comes naturally.


He was born in Verona, Italy in 1943, where he has lived most of his life. He earned university degrees in both economics and physical education. He competed in sports on the national level in handball, volleyball, rugby and also in tennis, cross-country skiing and more.


But his main love was swimming and he competed as a freestyler, backstroker and open water swimmer. He has played water polo for 28 years and coached both swimming and water polo. He is also a lifesaving instructor.


As an international journalist, Camillo has been extremely effective in promoting both swimming and the people in it. He has covered every summer Olympic Games since Munich in 1972 – a total of nine Games including Athens in 2004. He has been the journalist at all FINA World Championships since their inception in 1973 at Belgrade – a total of nine. He is founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of swimming magazines: FINA’s “The World of Swimming,” Italian Swimming Federation’s “FIN News,” “Il Mondo del Nuoto,” and “La Tecnica del Nuoto.” He has been a contributor to Italy’s main sports daily “La Gazzetta Dello Sport,” Italy’s main television “RAI,” Italy’s main sports magazine, “Guerin Sportivo,” FINA magazine “FINA aquatics world,” and more. He has been a lecturer to both national and international clinics and seminars on sports journalism related to swimming.


Camillo has covered numerous international swim meets including World Cups, European Championships, USA Nationals, Olympic Trials and Italian National Championships. He has written two swimming books in Italian: How to Teach Swimming and Swimming Technique. He has served as media manager for both the FINA World Championships in Rome (1994) and the FIFA Football World Cup in Verona (1990).


As a contributor, Camillo has served swimming in many other ways. He is a former board member of the Italian Swimming Federation (FIN), a member of IOC ORIS Working Group for Aquatic Sports and chairman of the AIPS Swimming Commission (1990-2002). From 1988 to 1996, he was a member of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee and the first to propose the recognition of short course competitions and world records as well as the introduction, recognition and acceptance of prize money in selected competitions. Camillo serves as chairman of both the FINA Press Commission (since its inception in 1994) and the International Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree Selection Committee (since 2002).


Camillo is fluent in four languages. In 2002, CONI, Italy’s National Olympic Committee, awarded the “Golden Star,” Italy’s top sporting honor, to Camillo. From 1994 to 1998, he served as deputy mayor of Verona during which time he developed four new swimming facilities in town.

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