Jim Anderson

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James K. Anderson is the race founder of the 7km Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H2O Swim held in Waikiki Bay on Oahu in Hawaii. He was also the race director for the Waikiki Roughwater Swim in the 1980s and was a founding member of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim Committee. He was an officer and director from 1980-2003 and president from 1987-1996.

He also organized the first FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Honolulu in 2000 where 5km, 10km and 25km races were held. He also was the organizer and race director of the pre-world open water swimming championships in 1999 where 1km, 3km, 5km, 10km and 25km races were conducted. He was the race director for the USA Swimming 25km National Open Water Swimming Championships in 1999 and was the USA Observer for the Pan Pacific Open Water Swimming Championships in Australia in 1999 where 5km and 25km races were held. He also was the race director for the 1991 and 1992 USA Swimming National 10K Open Water Swimming Championships.

He is a member of the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame and was an Honorary Director (Promoter) of the Sabac, Serbia FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix event in 2006

He also coached the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team at the Japan International Long Distance Ekiden Swim in 1990, a 4-person 20km relay across Tokyo Bay. He was the USA representative at the 1988 International Marathon Swimming World Championships (33km Il Mattino Capri-Napoli). He was a consultant and director for the 1983 Cole Classic in Bondi Beach in Australia.

He organized and conducted the first open ocean swim clinics held in Hawaii and organized and conducted swim clinics that featured Olympic gold medal swimmers as instructors. He was a consultant and Race Director for North Shore Series on Oahu in Hawaii.

He was the Founder and President of the Hawaiian Channel Swim Association and author and publisher of the Hawaii Sports Calendar.

He was a member of the swimming and water polo teams at San Jose State University in California, and Palo Alto High School.

Honours

Anderson was selected as an Honour Administrator by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2014 and was inducted as a member of the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame in 2005.

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