WPMSF Led To The IMSHOF

WPMSF Led To The IMSHOF

On April 12th in 1961, the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame was founded by the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation.

The purpose was to recognize the most successful athletes and luminaries in the marathon swimming community. A year later, the International Swimming Hall of Fame approved the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an affiliated body of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

The World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation was originally headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland with Herman Willemse (shown above) as its President and Joe Grossman as its Secretary-Treasurer. It was later disbanded when it was succeeded by the International Marathon Swimming Association in the late 1980’s.

The original constitution of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation was formally adopted at its 1967 annual meeting of the Federation at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in July 1967 and subsequently amended thereafter.

Back in the day, who were members of the Federation? The partial list of members was like the who’s who of marathon swimmers of the 1950s and 1960s: Cliff Lumsden, Tom Park, Greta Anderson, Helge Jensen, Rejean (John) Lacoursiere, James Levell, Don Sabath, Myra Thompson, Bill Goll, Dr. Wilfred Slater, Joanne Florentine, Herman Willemse, Jorge Mezzara, Carlos Larriera, Syder Guisardo, Mary Kok, Niko Nestor, Carol Ann Chaplin, Benson Huggard, Aloma Keen, Jacques Amyo, Robert Cossette, Steve Guiscardo, Ted Erikson, Dennis Matuch and Joe Grossman.

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