The Longevity Of Aquatic Athletes

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Many people believe that swimming is good for one’s health for a variety of reasons that are frequently reported by not only traditional media, but also the medical community.

What strikes us about the swimming community is generally how old swimmers seem to live, at least relative to their land-based colleagues and the non-exercising community.

We are frequently reminded about the longevity of swimmers when the International Swimming Hall of Fame reports on the passing of the great aquatic personalities in history. This month, the International Swimming Hall of Fame remembered a number of greats from the past:

* June Krauser, considered the Mother of Masters Swimming. The 88-year-old was a leading figure in the development of Masters Swimming and the Special Olympics and had a role in the creation of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
* “Crazy” Pete DiCroce [shown below during his induction ceremonies] who was 76 years old when he passed away.
* Canadian swimming pioneer and national team coach George Gate passed away at 89 years old.
* Barbara Stearns Eaton passed away when she was nearly 91.
* Louise Horatia Wing passed away at the age of 95.

They were all great examples who leave great legacies, all.

Copyright © 2014 by World Open Water Swimming Association
Steven Munatones