Pam Ladds Inducted In Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame
Courtesy of Charlotte Brynn, Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame.
Pam Ladds is the ideal type of volunteer. Her selflessness and dedication to the sports has led to her induction in the Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2020.
Charlotte Brynn, chairperson of the Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame, explains the honor, “Pam started volunteer yacking at Kingdom Swim in 2012 and has yacked at Kingdom Swim each and every year since, on the 10-mile course, the 25 km Border Buster, and the 10 km as well as the 1-mile swim when she could.
During the same period, from 2013 to 2020 she has yacked for numerous swimmers on numerous lakes, as needed, at NEK Swim Week. She has piloted and/or crewed at four 25-mile swims In Search of Memphre in 2013, 2014, 2018 and 2019 and was the official Witch on the Water at Newport’s Vampire Swim 2015. She is a regular volunteer at the Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival from 2016 through 2020, and as a winter swimmer the past three years. In 2020, she was one of four septuagenarian winter swimmers. And she encourages and supports other Vermont swimmers to get in the water and train for the Festival.
She is a member of The Clubhous Gang which includes tasks such as putting out and taking in the docks and boat lifts at the Clubhous Marina, running dog patrol and staffing the 10 km Turnaround at the Dandelion Run, and riding the roads in support of Fly to Pie – Kingdom Marathon. As founder and manager of the Facebook Page, Newport Vermont Rocks, she regularly promotes our running, biking, and swimming events.
Pam is a homegrown contributor, winter swimmer, and supporter of Open Water Swimming in Vermont.
Brynn announced Grimmer along with the other Class of 2020 inductees in the Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall Of Fame. “The Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame was established in 2016 and recognizes those Vermonters and those with substantial connections to Vermont who have achieved greatness in the open water and those who make significant , awe-inspiring contributions to their success.
The New England State of Vermont is situated in the northeast corner of USA and is one of the most tranquil and scenic states, boasting many pristine lakes that range in both size and elevation. Much of the appeal is the crystal clear waters, breathtaking mountains, wide open spaces, playful lakes and wonderful open water swimming community which consists of homegrown Vermonters and those with significant ties to Vermont. It is an honor to congratulate and welcome our new 2020 inductees.
- Ian Grimmer, marathon swimmer
- Paul Asmuth, marathon swimmer
- Vera Rivard, marathon swimmer and winter swimmer
- Pam Ladds, contributor and winter swimmer
- Mark Whitt, contributor
- Team Rivard, contributors including Darcie, Kevin, Margaret, and Vera Rivard
We will be hosting an induction ceremony on July 23rd at Jaspers in Newport, Vermont. On July 24th, the Kingdom Games will host the 2021 Kingdom Swim with 1-, 3-, 6-, and 10-mile events and a 25 km course held in the magical waters of Lake Memphremagog.”
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