Who Are They And Where Did They Come From?

Who Are They And Where Did They Come From?

Who Are They And Where Did They Come From?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) currently has 272 inductees from 39 countries:

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Fiji, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, U.S.A., and Yugoslavia.

Considering there are 204 national federations in the Fédération Internationale de Natation and open water swimming is exploding so quickly around the world, the IMSHOF is forecast to continue growing with the sport.

The honourees in the IMSHOF are as follows:

Argentina (10): Antonio Abertondo, Alfredo Camarero, Pedro A Candiotti, Silvia Beatríz Dalotto, Diego Degano, Lilian Harrison, Horacio Iglesias, Carlos Larriera, Gustavo Oriozabala, Claudio Plit

Australia (12): Richard Campion, Cavill Family, Chris Guesdon, Annette Kellerman, Susie Maroney, Linda McGill, Penny Palfrey, James Pittar, Des Renford, Shelley Taylor-Smith, Rottnest Channel Swim Association, Melissa Cunningham

Belgium (1): Annemie Landmeters

Brazil (2): Abilio Couto, Igor De Sousa

Bulgaria (1): Petar Stoychev

Canada (19): Jacques Amyot, Aquatic Club du lac St. Jean, Marilyn Bell, Lynn Blouin, Christine Cossette, Robert Cossette, George Duthie, Helge Jensen, Vicki Keith Munro, Régent Lacoursière, Cliff Lumsdon, Cynthia Nicholas, Gilles Potvin, Gus Ryder, Greg Steppel, Patty Thompson, Margaret Park, Tom Park, George Young

China (1): Feng Yao‑Hsien

Croatia (2): Faros Maraton, Vicko Soljan

Cuba (1): Jose Cortinas

Denmark (2): Greta Andersen, Helge Jensen

Dominican Republic (1): Marcos Diaz

Egypt (7): Abdul Latif Abou Heif, Ishak Helmy, Dr. Osama Ahmed Momtaz, Shadia El Rageb, Hassan Abdel Rehim, General Sabry, Major General Ahmed Zorkani

Fiji (1): Dennis Miller

France (2): Anne Chagnaud, Stéphane Lecat

Germany (6): Peggy Buchse, Otto Kammerich, Britta Kamrau, Angela Maurer, Ernest Vierkoetter, Christof Wandratsch

Great Britain (56): Tom Blower, Julie Bradshaw, Reg Bricknell, Sr., Reg Bricknell Jr., Ray Bricknell, British Long Distance Swimming Association, Tom Burgess, Sir William (Billy) Edmund Butlin, Lord Byron, Channel Swimming Association, Lyndon Dunsbee, Maurice Ferguson, Gerald Forsberg, Rosemary George, Mercedes Gleitze, Nick Adams, Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation, Elaine Gray, Christopher Green, Captain Leonard Hutchinson, Carole Hunt, Sarah Hunt, William J. Long, Sunny Lowry, Sally Anne Minty-Gravett, David Morgan, Kevin Murphy, Marc Newman, Michael Oram, Roger Parsons, Valerie Parsons, Lewis Pugh, Michael P. Read, Francis “Frank” Richards, Ray Scott, Audrey Scott, Mervyn Sharp, Brenda Sherratt, John Slater, Joe Smith, Trevor Smith, Alison Streeter M.B.E., Freda Streeter, Dr. Chris Stockdale, Duncan Taylor, Norman Trusty, Willy van Rysal, Carl Walker, Tom Watch, Barry Watson, Captain Mathew Webb, Dave Whyte, Jaberz Wolffe, Bridget Young, Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club, Varne Ridge Holiday Park

Greece (1): Jason Zirganos

Hungary (3): Attila Molnar, Magda Molnar, Imre Szenasi

India (3): Mihir Sen, Tanarath Narayan Shenoy, Sri Chinmoy

Indonesia (1): Indonesian Swimming Federation

Ireland (4): Irish Long Distance Swimming Association, Ted Keenan, Billy Wallace, Ned Denison

Italy (4): Lello Barbuto, Paolo Donaggio, Enrico Tiraboschi, Giulio Travaglio

Japan (1): Yuko Matsuzaki

Mexico (2): Nora Toledano Cadena, Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González

Netherlands (10): Edith van Dijk, Judith van Berkel-de Nijs, Johannes “Johan” Schans, Jan Van Scheyndal, Irene Van der Laan, Willy Van Rysel, Maarten van der Weijden, Monique Wildschut, Herman Willemsee, Marty Veen

New Zealand (2): Barrie Davenport, Philip Rush

Pakistan (1): Brojen Das

Peru (1): Daniel Eulogio Carpio Massioti “Carpayo”

Portugal (1): Batista Pereira

Russia (3): Aleksey Akatyev, Larisa Dmitriyevna Ilchenko, Yuri Kudinov

Serbia (1): Vojislav Mijić

Slovenia (1): Martin Strel

South Africa (1): Midmar Mile

Spain (5): David Meca Medina, Roger Parsons, Valerie Parsons, Montserrat Tresserras, Maria Luisa Cabañeros Sanchez de Leon

Switzerland (1): Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur (FINA)

Turkey (1): Ersin Aydin

United Arab Emirates (2): Alawi Makki, Nasser el Shazly

USA (77): David Alleva, James Anderson, Paul Asmuth, Tina Bischoff, Sandra Bucha, Dr. Harry H. Briggs, Sid Cassidy, Florence Chadwick, Catalina Channel Swimming Association, David Stevens Clark, Marian Cassidy Keen, Anne Cleveland, James “Doc” Counsilman, Francis Crippen, Lynne Cox, William Forest “Buck” Dawson, Penny Lee Dean, Ph.D., James Doty, Robert Dowling, Gertrude Ederle, Jon Erikson, Ted Erikson, Benjamin Franklin, Elizabeth Fry, Joe Grossman, Ashby “Bud” Harper, Tom Hetzel Ph.D., Dr. Harry Huffaker, Chad Hundeby, Drury Gallagher, William “Bill” Goll, Captain Tim Johnson, Peter Jurzynski, Jane Katz, James Kegley, Jerry Kerschner, John Kinsella, May Looney, Marcella A. MacDonald, PDM, Dennis Matuch, Jim Moran, Eva Morrison, Steven Munatones, Keo Nakama, Paul E. “Jerry” Nason, Marvin “Duke” Nelson, Martha Norelius, Diana Nyad, David Parcells, Dale Petranech, Rose Pitinof, Francis “Frank” Pritchard, Karen Burton Reeder, Julie Ridge, Norman Ross, William (Bill) Sadlo Jr., Charlotte “Lottie” Schoemmell, Charles “Red” Silva, Carol Sing, Marty Sinn, John Sigmund, David Smith, Skip Storch, Henry Sullivan, Stella Taylor, Bert Thomas, James Toomey, Don Watson, James Whelan, Johnny Weissmuller, Conrad Wennerberg, Ralph Willard, Steve Wozniak, William Wrigley, Jr., John York, David Yudovin, Charles Zibleman

Yugoslavia (2): Veljko Rogošić, Vicko Šoljan

The IMSHOF is looking for contact details for 7 inductees who have lost communications with the IMSHOF over the years:

*Inducted 1979, Alawi Makki of the United Arab Emirates between 60 to 70 years old in 2014
*Inducted 1965, John Sigmund of the U.S.A. estimated to be 95 years old in 2014
*Inducted 1967, Jose Cortinas of Cuba estimated to be 98 years old in 2014
*Inducted 1971, James Toomey of the U.S.A. estimated to be 85 years old in 2014
*Inducted 1970, Helge Jensen of Denmark estimated to be 76 years old in 2014
*Inducted 1973, Feng Yao-Hsein of China estimated to be 86 years old in 2014
*Inducted 1978, Jerry Kerschner of the U.S.A. estimated to be 88 years old in 2014

IMSHOF board member Ned Denison recommends the following, “The IMSHOF inductees shared another common experience. They were nominated by their coach, swimmer, competitor or friend – and thus appeared on the nomination ballot. Please think about the great marathon swimmers, coaches, organizations and pilots who influenced your experience. Nominating is easy – the forms are here.

Then find an excuse for lunch, a phone call or even an email. Just let them know how the influence that they or their legacy had on your marathon career – and ask their permission to nominate them. Fight through any initial objections like you would a weak tide and get down to asking about their career and highlights. Guarantee you that both of you will enjoy the experience…then get to the forms
.”

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