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Olympic Diver Joaquin Capilla
Joaquin Capilla, MEX (shown right) - 4X Olympic Medalist

December Honoree Birthdays


 1 - Walter Bathe* (GER) - read bio
      Thompson Mann* (USA) - read bio
      Laura Val (USA) - read bio
 2 - Hobie Billingsley (USA) - read bio
      Gustavo Borges (BRA) - read bio
      Nick Thierry* (CAN) - read bio
 3 - Gianni DeMagistris (ITA) - read bio
 4 - Mike Barrowman (USA) - read bio
      Sebastian Salinas Abril* (PER) - read bio
 5 - Captain Ransom Arthur* (USA) - read bio
      Pablo Morales (USA) - read bio
      Imre Sarosi* (HUN) - read bio
 6 - Eleanor Holm Whalen* (USA) - read bio
      Kouji Katoh (JPN) - read bio

 7 - Alan Ford* (USA) - read bio
 8 - Hannelore Anke (GDR) - read bio
 9 - Osvaldo Cordaro* (ARG) - read bio
      Dezso Lemhenyi* (HUN) - read bio
10- Ragnhild Hveger* (DEN) - read bio
11- George Gate* (CAN) - read bio
      Kim Linehan (USA) - read bio
      Yevgeny Sharonov (RUS) - read bio

12- Ferenc Csik* (HUN) - read bio
      Peter Fick* (USA) - read bio
      Lao Lishi (CHN) - read bio
      Maya Tachibana (JPN) - read bio
13- Richard Hough* (USA) - read bio
      Otylia Jedrzejczak (POL) - read bio
14- Laszlo Kiss (HUN) - read bio
15- Helen Meany Gravis* (USA) - read bio
      Ralph Flanagan* (USA) - read bio
      Phylis Harding* (GBR) - read bio
17- Commodore Longfellow* (USA) - read bio
18- Ignor Milanovic (YUG) - read bio
19- Jane Fauntz* (USA) - read bio
      Claudia Kolb (USA) - read bio
20- Istvan Barany* (HUN) - read bio
21- Gloria Callen Jones* (USA) - read bio
22- Dagmar Hase (GER) - read bio
      Zoltan Szecsi (HUN) - read bio
23- Joaquin Capilla* (MEX) - read bio
25- George "Dad" Center (USA) - read bio
27- Miller Anderson* (USA) - read bio
      Novella Callagaris (ITA) - read bio
      Mihaly Mayer* (HUN) - read bio
      Irene Van der Laan (NED) - read bio
28- Marie Braun (NED) - read bio
      Michelle Cameron (CAN) - read bio

      James "Doc" Counsilman* (USA) - read bio
      Sam Herford* (AUS) - read bio
29- David Marsh (USA) - to be inducted in 2021
      Phil Boggs* (USA) - read bio

31- Vicki Draves* (USA) - read bio
      Glen McCormick* (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

Olympian Mark Tewksbury Appointed Companion of the Order of Canada

Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada Friday, in recognition of his athletic and advocacy achievements.

The honor is the highest level within the Order of Canada, bestowed to only 165 living Canadians at a time, honoring those who make the most extraordinary contributions to the nation. Tewksbury was among four athletes appointed to the Order, along with Olympic rower Sandra Kirby as Officer and five-time ice dancing medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir as Members.

“I had no idea when I won the Olympics so many years ago that it was just the beginning of my journey, not the end,” Tewksbury said in Canadian Olympic Committee news release. “I have never shied away from standing up for what I believe in or for using my voice to speak for those who might not have been able. It is an incredible honour to be appointed Companion of the Order of Canada not just for my sport accomplishments but for my fight for equity, inclusion and human rights for all.”

 

Read More about Mark Tewksbury

  Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex Update

THANKSGIVING UPDATE from COMMANDER IN CHIEF: LAURA VOET, ISHOF Aquatic Center Manager

It was a busy Thanksgiving week at the aquatic center, with each piece falling in line!

Besides pouring the concrete foundation for the new entry building, Neptune Benson Defender regenerative pool filters were placed inside the filtration room building. Utility site work is progressing, dive well and tower structural elements will continue next week after the holiday.

See Laura's full update and photos.

Old entrance to the aquatic complex.
Read the full Aquatic Complex Construction Update

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Open water swimmer Sarah Thomas
    Sarah Thomas to Receive the 2021 Poseidon Award

ISHOF will recognize Sarah Thomas for her high-level achievement in marathon swimming with the 2021 Poseidon Award.  The Award will be presented to Sarah during a future International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction and Award Ceremony.  The Poseidon Award is presented annually by International Swimming Hall of Fame to the organization or individual for high level achievement from personal effort or initiative in a field of endeavor that contributes to the performance of marathon swimmers or to the development and status of Marathon Swimming to the world.

This year’s award honors Sarah Thomas.  In 2019, she was the first swimmer to ever complete a 4-way English Channel Swim (132 km in 54 hours and 10 minutes). Additionally, she has completed two other long swims; Lake Champlain (168.3 km in 67 hours and 16 minutes) in 2017 and Lake Powell (128.7 mk in 56 hours and 5 minutes) in 2016.

Read More about Sarah Thomas
Colin Hill
    Colin Hill to Receive the 2021 Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award

ISHOF will recognize Colin Hill, for his extensive contributions to the administration of open water swimming with the 2021 Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award.  The Award will be presented to Colin during a future International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction and Award Ceremony. The Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award is presented annually by International Swimming Hall of Fame to the organization or individual who has contributed the most to the administration of open water swimming.

This year’s award recognizes Colin Hill, an open water swimming administrator from Great Britain who has served the sport for more than 15 years.  He has contributed via a wide range of roles and assisted at many events across the world.   

Read more about Colin Hill
Sid Cassidy
    Sid Cassidy to Receive the 2020 Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award

ISHOF will recognize Sid Cassidy, for his extensive contributions to the administration of open water swimming with the 2020 Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award.  The Award will be presented to Sid, on Saturday evening, during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, on May 2nd in New York City.  The Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award is presented annually by International Swimming Hall of Fame to the organization or individual who has contributed the most to the administration of open water swimming.

This year’s award honors Sid Cassidy. As a swimmer Sid achieved a 4th place world ranking in 1979 as professional marathon swimmer and was part of a record setting English Channel double crossing relay in 1991.

As an administrator, Sid has been a leader of the sport since 1982 when first named to USA Swimming Open Water Committee.  Over nearly four decades, he has been National Team Coach; USA Swimming Administrator; FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee (TOWSC) member; Swimming Safety Task Force member; Olympic official, race announcer, race director, and strong advocate of the sport. Cassidy has done nearly everything there is to do in the sport. 

Read more about Sid Cassidy
Peter Stoychev
    Peter Stoychev to Receive 2020 Poseidon Award

ISHOF will recognize Petar Stoychev for his high-level achievement in marathon swimming with the 2020 Poseidon Award.  The Award will be presented to Petar, on Saturday evening, during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremonies, on May 2nd in New York City.  

The Poseidon Award is presented annually by the International Swimming Hall of Fame to the organization or individual for high level achievement from personal effort or initiative in a field of endeavor that contributes to the performance of marathon swimmers or to the development and status of Marathon Swimming to the world.
This year’s award honors Petar Stoychev.  As a swimmer he has won an unprecedented eleven consecutive FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix titles, with over 60 victories in individual professional marathon swims.

Read more about Peter Stoychev
    The World of Swimming Loses a Coaching Great... Don Talbot of Australia

The swimming world has lost a legend from its coaching ranks, as Australia’s Don Talbot died on Tuesday at the age of 87. Talbot, a 1979 inductee into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, is regarded as one of the greatest coaching minds in history, having guided his homeland to significant success while also molding some of the top names in the sport. Talbot was known as a taskmaster, but his success also warranted tremendous respect and appreciation for his coaching skills.

Talbot made his name known through the work he did with John and Ilsa Konrads, freestyle aces for Australia in the 1950s and 1960s. With Talbot guiding their careers, the Konrads siblings each set world records in the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle, with John adding a global standard in the 200 freestyle and three medals at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. At the same time, he was developing Kevin Berry, who made his first Olympic squad as a 14-year-old in 1960 and would win gold in the 200 butterfly in 1964.

In 1989, Talbot was put in charge of the Australian National Team, and while his firm ways initially triggered a revolt among some athletes, Talbot withstood the storm and remained in his role for 12 years.

Read more about Don Talbot
Honoree Passages in 2020

Conner, John, MISHOF 2010 Honor Diver, USA  
 
Talbot, Don, 1979 ISHOF Honor Coach, Australia and Canada
 
Burke, Andy, 2018 ISHOF Honor Contributor, Water Polo, USA
 
Karpati, Gyorgy, 1982 ISHOF Honor Water Polo Player, Hungary
 
Hairabidean, Tom, 2007 MISHOF Honor Diver, USA
 
Piemme, Frank, 2004 MISHOF Honor Swimmer, USA
 
Yorzyk, Bill, 1971 ISHOF Honor Swimmer, USA
 
Davies, John, 1984 ISHOF Honor Swimmer, Australia
 
Szekely, Eva, 1976 ISHOF Honor Swimmer, Hungary
 
Giron, Carlos, 2001 ISHOF Honor Diver, Mexico
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