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Captain Roger Wheeler

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Captain Roger Wheeler

Captain Roger Wheeler was a professional marathon swimmer and member of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation. He is one of the namesakes on the Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award, together with Irving Davids, that is given by the International Swimming Hall of Fame to honor and recognize the contribution of individuals and groups making major contributions to Marathon Swimming.

Captain Wheeler was creator of the Rhode Island State Life-Saving system and is also the namesake of a state beach in Rhode Island, named after him in 1970 shortly after his death in 1969. He also founded the 26.7-mile (42.9 km) America's Marathon Swim in Rhode Island.

Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award[edit]

The Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award was established in 1970 by the New England Marathon Swimming Association to serve as a perpetual memorial to Davids and Wheeler.


1970 Joe Grossman
1971 Gerald Forsberg
1972 Buck Dawson
1973 Willy Van Rysel
1974 Jerry Nason
1975 Ray Scott and Audrey Scott
1976 Aquatique Club Du lac St. Jean
1977 Conrad Wennerberg
1978 Charles E. Silvia
1979 Dennis Matuch
1980-2001 Award Retired
2002 James Doty
2003 British Long Distance Swimming Association
2004 Roger Parsons & Valerie Parsons
2005 Lynn Blouin
2006 Dale Petranech
2007 Silvia Dalotto
2008 Shelley Taylor-Smith
2009 Michael Read
2010 Christopher Guesdon
2011 Steven Munatones
2012 Drury Gallagher
2013 Ned Denison
2014 Melissa Cunningham
2015 Dennis Miller
2016 David Yudovin

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