Leo Donath (HUN)

Honor Pioneer Contributor (1988)

The information on this page was written the year of their induction.

FOR THE RECORD: 1926 founder of European Swim League (Ligue Europenne de Natation), also served as Honorary Secretary; Honorable Secretary of FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation Amateur 1928-1941.

Leo Donath was credited by the late Max Ritter with being the administrative genius behind the FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation Amateur).  As its Honorable Secretary, Donath ran the world swimming organization for thirteen years from 1928 until his death in 1941.  During this same period, Donath also served as Honorary Secretary of the European Swim League (Ligue European de Natation) where he was founder and member from its inception in 1926.