Shelley Taylor-Smith Receives Well-deserved Poseidon Award
Shelley Taylor-Smith’s achievements as a record-setting swimmer, world champion, coach, administrator, volunteer, mentor and official are almost too lengthy to list.
Ned Denison, chairperson of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, announced the Australian dynamo as the 2022 recipient of the Poseidon Award. He writes, “The International Swimming Hall of Fame recognized Shelley for her high-level achievement in marathon swimming with its 2022 Poseidon Award.
The Award will be presented to Shelly during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction and Award Ceremony on May 7th 2022 in Naples, Italy.
The Poseidon Award is presented annually by the International Swimming Hall of Fame to the organization or individual for high level achievement from personal effort or initiative in a field of endeavor that contributes to the performance of marathon swimmers or to the development and status of marathon swimming to the world.
During her career, Shelley was one of the top elite swimmers of her generation – male or female. She won seven majors (marathon world championships), set world speed records around Manhattan Island and around the world, beat all the men in 9 professional marathon swimming races, and was victorious in 51 races at the national and international levels.
Shelley held the position of the Honorary Secretary of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee for many years with the responsibility of holding numerous FINA 10 km Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit races, the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix series, the FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships, and most importantly the 10 km Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympic Games where she also served as a race official.
She has been an active coach since 2009; her swimmers have been successful in 9 solos and 2 relays across the 33.5 km English Channel and more than 700 solo swims and relays across the 19.75 km Rottnest Channel.
Shelley was also on the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014.
She was inducted as an Honor Swimmer in International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1990. In 2008 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and also received The Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award.“
“Her legacy is unparalleled as a champion swimmer and tireless administrator who helped kick off the global growth of the sport with its inclusion at the Summer Olympics,” says Steven Munatones. “She always has a smile and kind words for swimmers and knows what it takes to achieve one’s goals – whether on dryland or in the water. She has been there and done that – she walks the walk and is totally committed to the sport for people of all ages and all levels. The sport is much richer for her presence and the Poseidon Award is a well deserved honor.”
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