Robert Strauss Honored With Virginia Hunt Newman International Award
Courtesy of Swimming World Magazine Professor Robert Strauss, M. Ed., author of Discover Swimming, established Swim Gym Swim School in 1984 in Miami, Florida, teaching as many as 1,000 children per week during its summer camps. Strauss knows swimming whether it is for young ones in a warm-water pool or out in the open water. The former long-time race director of Swim Miami, has long taught people of all ages and abilities to become swim safe. Since 1979, Strauss has lectured and taught swimming in all its forms not only through south Florida, but also México, throughout South and Central America, Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, China and Iceland as a fluent speaker in English, Spanish, Portuguese and German. He was awarded with the Virginia Hunt Newman International Award at the International Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies earlier this month.
Southern California native, born 1962, is the creator of the WOWSA Awards, Oceans Seven, Openwaterpedia, Citrus Corps, World Open Water Swimming Association, Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Global Open Water Swimming Conference. He is Chief Executive Officer of KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Institute. Inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer, Class of 2001) and Ice Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor - Media, Class of 2019), recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame's Poseidon Award (2016), International Swimming Hall of Fame's Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award (2010), USA Swimming's Glen S. Hummer Award (2007, 2010) and Harvard University's John B. Imrie Award (1984). Served on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and as Technical Delegate with the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and 9-time USA Swimming coaching staff.