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1999 Paragon Award / Recreational Swimming


Jane Katz has spent her life participating in the aquatic sports and promoting for all aquatic sports, particularly the health aspects and benefits of swimming and water exercise. She has authored Swimming for Total Fitness (1981)(now in it’s 17th printing), The W.E.T. Workouts (1985), Fitness Works (1988) and Swim 30 Laps in 30 Days (1991) plus numerous articles and magazine write-ups. She began as a 1957 U.S. team member to the International Maccabiah Games in Israel, winning the 100m butterfly, and continues today as a Master swimmer winning 14 age group World Masters Championships in all freestyle events. As a synchronized swimmer, she has won all three events at the National or World Masters competition and was a member of the 1964 Olympic Exhibition Team in Tokyo. She was the U.S. Masters Synchronized Swimming National Solo Champion from 1974-1987. In 1992, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the U.S. Aquatic Fitness Association. Her current work in water exercise is geared to finding new applications of aquatics beyond the competitive arena. She lectures internationally on water exercise and serves as a clinician and consultant. Presently, she is a professor of Physical Education at the City University of New York where she has taught thousands of students about the benefits of water exercise.

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