Jan Van Scheijndel Passes And Leaves A Legacy In His Wake

Jan Van Scheijndel Passes And Leaves A Legacy In His Wake

Richard Broer reported with great sorrow that 1968 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer Jan van Scheijndel of The Netherlands passed away at the age of 73 on March 3rd.

He was truly a great man,” said Dale Petranech, Honorary Secretary of  the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Richard described Jan, who was the first person for The Netherlands to swim the English Channel in 1969 in 12 hours and 47 minutes, in glowing terms.  “In The Netherlands he was known for his good humor and bravura – and for making his bravura come true. He swam a world record with his swim team “Haagse Bluf” (translated as The Hague’s Bluf – or Bluffers) on an English Channel relay in 1969. he was the Lake Windermere International champion in 1968 and was an inspiration to other swimmers as both a trainer and coach.  He will be remembered as gifted sportsman and for his humor.”

Back in 1965 he started the New Year’s Dive (Nieuwjaarsduik in Dutch shown above) in The Hague with 7 people.  The event now draws over 10,000 participants.  An example of his lasting legacy in the open water.

Van Scheijndel can be seen in his English Channel swim beginning at 11:10 in the following Dutch-language TV report:

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