ISHOF Paragon Awards to become ISHOF Aquatic Awards presented by AquaCal

In 1996, the International Swimming Hall of Fame first began looking for a sponsor to partner with for a new annual award we were creating that would celebrate the unsung heroes who make competitive and recreational aquatics possible.  The individuals that we would honor, would be the people who save lives, promote water safety and further aquatic education around the world.  The idea would be to recognize these important people who are often overlooked, during the ISHOF Honoree Induction Weekend. Paragon was a wonderful partner for many, many years. We could not have asked for a greater relationship, but after 28 years we are parting ways with Paragon / Pentair as the Title sponsor. Paragon / Pentair will stay involved with ISHOF, but in a smaller capacity.

ISHOF has decided to change the name of the event to the “ISHOF Aquatic Awards”, presented by whoever sponsor we choose. This way if it changes year to year, it will be a much easier name change.

So, for the very first time, for the year 2023, ISHOF is proud to present the ISHOF Aquatic Awards presented by AquaCal.

Mike Dooley, President of Team Horner and AquaCal had this to say about AquaCal’s new partnership with ISHOF: “For decades, the International Swimming Hall of Fame has had a program called “Every Child a Swimmer”, which existed largely in obscurity. Created by champions, the program itself was in need of champions to fulfill its “Spiritual Mission” of teaching children to swim. AquaCal, a subsidiary of The Team Horner Group, in collaboration with the Professional Swimming Pool Industry, The Bill Kent Family Foundation, the World of Aquatics professionals, and State Government Officials, is working to support the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s “Spiritual Mission” of teaching every child to be a swimmer. “In addition to our efforts with the Every Child A Swimmer mission, we are extremely proud to be newly partnered with ISHOF in recognizing this stellar group of individuals who are the recipients of the 2023 ISHOF Aquatic Awards, presented by AquaCal. “

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The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s annual ISHOF Aquatic Awards, presented by AquaCal.  The ISHOF Aquatic Awards are presented annually to individuals or organizations for outstanding contributions to aquatics.  This year’s recipients are Mike Unger for Competitive Swimming; Mark Koganov  for Water Polo;  Ellie Smart for Diving;  Maria Jóse Bilbao Bruñel for Artistic/Synchronized Swimming;  Cullen Jones for Water Safety and Sofia Forte for Recreational Swimming. This year’s awards will be held Friday evening September 29, 2023 during the ISHOF Honoree Induction weekend, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

To make hotel reservations,


Host Hotel: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

Upscale retreat with private beach access, two pools, four restaurants, full service spa and oceanside bar.¼ mile south of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

3030 Holiday Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 525-4000

Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $229 per night,  BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE

($39 Resort fee – Guests can opt out if not interested in resort amenities)

  Additional Hotel Option: Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

440 Seabreeze Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 524-8733

Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $169-$189 per night

Honoree Ceremony September 29-30, 2023 ~ Last Day to Book: Friday, September 15, 2023

Book your group rate for Honoree Ceremony

Make your plans now to attend the weekend, September 29-30, 2023! 

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