FORT LAUDERDALE – The International
Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) today announced Anne Warner Cribbs as the 2015
ISHOF Gold Medallion Recipient.  The Gold
Medallion is ISHOF
s most prestigious honor
and it will be presented at the 51
st Annual Hall of Fame
Enshrinement ceremonies at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara,
California, on Saturday evening, June 20, 2015. 
For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit,, or call 954-462-6536.

we believe young women athletes need role models to look up to, not only for
their athletic careers, but for their their post athlete careers,  we are ecstatic that Anne has agreed to accept
this honor from the International Swimming Hall of Fame,
says Donna de
Varona, ISHOF
s Chairwoman of the Board. 

Swimming for world renown coach George
Haines, at the Santa Clara Swim Club, fourteen year-old Anne Warner won a gold
medal in the 200 meter breaststroke at the 1959 Pan American Games.  A year later, she was part of the USA
gold medal winning medley relay at the Rome Olympic Games.  While the men
Olympic team went off on a celebratory European tour, the women were sent home
and without having any college scholarship opportunities in the pre-title IX
era, she retired from competition.  By
the time she was 24, with the youngest of her two children in kindergarten, she
decided to go back to school, eventually graduating from Stanford University in
1979. After years of coaching & teaching swimming in the Bay Area, in 1985
Anne went to work for the City of Palo Alto in the Community Services
Department. In 1991, she joined CJC Communications which became Cavalli &
Cribbs, a full-service Advertising and public relations firm that specialized
in sports, business and non-profit communications.  She was a pioneer in women
professional sports as a co-founder of the American Basketball League in
1996.  In 1999, she was selected to be
the CEO of the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee and became the first female
to lead a major US Olympic Bid Committee: San Francisco 2012.  While the bid ultimately lost to New York, it
had a 90% approval rating from the public. 
She continues today as the President/CEO of BASOC, which over the past
seventeen years has hosted or helped to organize many events, including the
2006 FINA World Masters Championships, and she was Director of 2011 USA
Swimming National and Junior National Championships at Stanford. Cribbs
produced the 40th Anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy with USA &
China table tennis Olympians and was chair of the 2009 Summer National Senior
Games. Anne currently serves on the USA Table Tennis Board of Directors and was
elected to the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame as a
She is Chair Emeritus of the Northern California Olympians and Paralympians

Anne will receive the Gold Medallion
as part of the 51st ISHOF Enshrinement weekend, honoring the Class of 2015,
which includes:
Enith Brigitha (NED),
(AUS) and Diana
(ROM); Diver Lao Lishi (CHN); Synchronized
Swimmer Anastaysia Ermakova (RUS); Water Polo Player/Coach Ivo
(CRO/YUG/NED); Coaches James Gaughran (USA), Don
(USA) and Masako Kaneko (JPN); Contributor Bartolo Consolo
(ITA); Pioneer Liang Boxi (CHN), and Masters Swimmer Karlyn Pipes (USA).  

About the Gold Medallion

International Swimming Hall of Fame Gold Medallion Award is presented each year
to a former competitive swimmer for his or her national or international
significant achievements in the field of science, entertainment, art, business,
education, or government. There are no restrictions other than the recipient
must be an outstanding adult whose life has served as an inspiration for
youth.  For more information and a list
of past recipients visit:

About the ISHOF

The International
Swimming Hall of Fame & Museum was established in 1965 as a not-for-profit
educational organization in the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and was
recognized by FINA, the international governing body for the Olympic aquatic
sports, in 1968.
The Mission of
ISHOF is to PRESERVE and CELEBRATE aquatic history, to EDUCATE
the general public about the importance of swimming as the key to water safety,
drowning prevention, better health and a better quality of life, and to INSPIRE
everyone to swim. ISHOF
s collection of swimming memorabilia,
art, photos and films, along with archival documents and rare books in the
Henning Library, make ISHOF the premier repository and academic research
resource for swimming and aquatic history in the world.  Earlier this year, ISHOF announced it will be
relocating to Santa Clara, California.

more information contact Bruce Wigo at 954-462-6536 ext. 201, or email

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