International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

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Logo of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Sir Billy Butlin awarding Greta Andersen Verres with a perpetual trophy from the Billy Butlin Cross Channel International Swims across the English Channel. Photo courtesy of the International Swimming Hall of Fame
Sally Minty-Gravett, M.B.E., and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer. Photo courtesy of Peter Mourant/Jersey Evening Post
Major General Ahmed Zorkani, an Honour Administrator in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, is shown awarding the winner of the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy in the 1950s
George Young, an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame with his escort boat during the 1927 Wrigley Ocean Marathon Swim. Photo courtesy of Catalina Channel swimmer Chris Geer of Channel Twenty-one
William Wrigley, Jr. with George Young, both inductees in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, after the 1927 Wrigley Ocean Marathon Swim. Photo courtesy of Catalina Channel swimmer Chris Geer of Channel Twenty-one
Cliff Lumsdon, an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer, inducted in 1969 and an International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer inducted in 2013
Don Watson, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator, Class of 2013
International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer Ted Keenan after his Bristol Channel marathon swim in 1975
Frank Pritchard, Honour Swimmer of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, in a 1937 cartoon about marathon swimming at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, sponsored by Camel and provided by Jim Pritchard, surviving grandson
IMSHOF coach Thomas Watch of Great Britain

noun - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) is an affiliate organization to the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF), established in 1971 with induction classes defined from 1963 that recognizes and honors marathon swimmers throughout the world. It is governed by an international selection committee of marathon swimming experts. It recognizes not only the world’s most successful swimmers in competitive races, but also individuals for their solo swim exploits around the world. It is a non-profit educational sports hall of fame devoted to marathon swimming and is dedicated to promoting the athletes, coaches, administrators, pilots, reporters, volunteers, organizations, race directors and associations affiliated with marathon swimming. It immortalizes online the achievements and contributions of those who have distinguished themselves in this sport.

Mission

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) is an educational organization and registered non-profit organisation whose mission is to promote the exploits and history of marathon swimming. The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame is an online virtual shrine dedicated to the history, memory, and recognition of the accomplished individuals.

Categories

For induction classes from 1963 to 2014, the categories included Honour Swimmers, Honour Pioneer Swimmers, Honour Coaches, Honour Administrators, Honour Pilots, and Honour Organisations involved in marathon swimming around the world, whose lives and accomplishments serve to inspire, educate, and be role models for all those who participate in the sport. As of 2015, all Honour Pioneer Swimmers were simply named as Honour Swimmers and the categories are limited to Honour Swimmers and Honour Contributors with further note of Administrators, Coaches, Pilots and Organizations.

Induction Ceremonies

The Class of 2011 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held at the United Nations in New York City. The Class of 2012 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held on the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The Class of 2013 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held in Cork, Ireland. The Class of 2014 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held on the Isle of Bute in Scotland. The Class of 2015 and 2016 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held in San Pedro California. The Class of 2016 and 2017 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held in Old Windsor, UK. The Class of 2018 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held in Melbourne, Australia. The Class of 2020 and 2021 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held virtually on a pre-recorded basis. The Class of 2022 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction & award ceremonies were held in Naples, Italy. The Class of 2023 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction & award ceremonies were held in New York City. The Class of 2024 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction & award ceremonies will be held in Cancun, México.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame for the period starting 1 January 2023 are:

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame operated as an independent legal entity from 2011 to 2014. The final make up of the Board of Directors in 2014 was as follows:

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Inductees

As of 15 November 2023, there are 344 individuals and organizations inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF).

1. Antonio Abertondo, Argentina, 1964
2. Abdellatief Abou Heif, Egypt, 1964
3. Nick Adams, Great Britain, 2013
4. Aleksey Akatyev (also Alexei Akatiev), Russia, 2009
5. David Alleva, USA, 1992
6. Jacques Amyot, Canada, 1995
7. Greta Andersen, USA, 1964
8. James Anderson, USA, 2014
9. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González, Mexico, 2014
10. Paul Asmuth, USA, 1982
11. Australian Long Distance Swimming Federation, Australia, 2023
12. Ersin Aydin, Turkey, 1979
13. Lello Barbuto, Italy, 1992
14. David Barra, USA, 2017
15. Leonie Beck, Germany, 2024
16. Marilyn Bell, Canada, 1967
17. Cameron Bellamy, South Africa, 2020
18. Colleen Blair, MBE, UK, 2023
19. Tina Bischoff, USA, 1983
20. Damián Blaum, Argentina, 2020
21. Dr. Caroline Block, 2022
22. Lynn Blouin, Canada, 2004
23. Tom Blower, Great Britain, 1964
24. Dr. Julie Bradshaw, MBE, Great Britain, 2006
25. Ray Brickell, Great Britain, 2009
26. Reg Brickell, Jr., Great Britain, 2009
27. Reg Brickell, Sr., Great Britain, 2003
28. Adrianna Bridi, Italy, 2024 29. Dr. Harry Briggs, USA, 1997
30. British Long Distance Swimming Association, Great Britain, 2002
31. Richard Broer, Netherlands, 2017
32. Tamara Bruce, Australia, 2017
33. Rachele Bruni, Italy, 2022
34. Sandra Bucha, USA, 2014
35. Peggy Büchse, Germany, 2003
36. Tom Burgess, Great Britain, 1983
37. Karen Burton Reeder, USA, 1999
38. Sir William Billy Butlin, Great Britain, 1963
39. Lord George Gordon Byron, Great Britain, 1982
40. Maria Luisa Cabañeros Sanchez de Leon, Spain, 2009
41. Alfredo Camarero, Argentina, 1978
42. Richard “Dick” Campion, Australia, 2011
43. Pedro A Candioti, Argentina, 1965
44. Allan do Carmo, Brazil, 2023
45. Marian Cassidy Keen, USA, 1997
46. Sid Cassidy, USA, 2005
47. Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, USA, 2011
48. Cavill Family, Australia, 1967
49. Florence Chadwick, USA, 1966
50. Anne Chagnaud, France, 1998
51. Gabriel Chaillou, Argentina, 2021
52. Kimberley Chambers, New Zealand, 2019
53. Channel Swimming Association, Great Britain, 1996
54. Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation, Great Britain, 2013
55. Sri Chinmoy, India, 2012
56. David Stevens Clark, USA, 2004
57. Anne Cleveland, USA, 2011
58. Cindy Cleveland, USA, 2018
59. Marcia Cleveland, USA, 2020
60. Juan "Johnny" José Cortiñas, Cuba, 1967
61. Christine Cossette, Canada, 1982
62. Robert Cossette, Canada, 2004
63. Luciano Cotena, Italy, 2019
64. James "Doc" Counsilman, USA, 1981
65. Abílio Álvaro da Costa Couto, Brazil, 2001
66. Albert Coward, Great Britain, 2018
67. Lynne Cox, USA, 1982
68. Francis Crippen, USA, 2011
69. Julian Critchlow, UK, 2021
70. Ana Marcela Cunha, Brazil, 2019
71. Melissa Cunningham, Australia, 2013
72. Silvia Beatríz Dalotto, Argentina, 2005
73. Brojen Das, Pakistan, 1965
74. William Forest “Buck” Dawson, USA, 1993
75. Penny Lee Dean, Ph.D., USA, 1980
76. Diego Degano, Argentina, 1995
77. Ned Denison, Ireland, 2012
78. Barrie Devenport, New Zealand, 1968
79. Marcos Aurelio Díaz Domínguez, Dominican Republic, 2012
80. Edith van Dijk, Netherlands, 2006
81. Paolo Donaggio, Italy, 1980
82. James Doty, USA, 2007
83. Robert Dowling, USA, 1970
84. Bob Duenkel, USA, 2019
85. Lyndon Dunsbee, Great Britain, 1988
86. George Duthie, Canada, 1966
87. Gertrude Ederle, USA, 1963
88. Ida Elionsky, USA, 2019
89. Nabil ElShazly, Egypt, 2020
90. Nasser ElShazly, Egypt, 1979
91. Jon Erikson, USA, 1981
92. Ted Erikson, USA, 1978
93. Faros Maratón, Croatia, 2012
94. Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur (FINA), Switzerland, 1994
95. Maurice Ferguson, Great Britain, 2003
96. Bryan Finlay, Canada, 2020
97. Brenda Fisher, BEM, Great Britain, 2023
98. Commander Gerald Forsberg, OBE, RN, Great Britain, 1965
99. Benjamin Franklin, USA, 1983
100. Elizabeth Fry, USA, 2014
101. Drury Gallagher, USA, 2011
102. Pat Gallant-Charette, USA, 2019
103. Pilar Geijo, Argentina, 2018
104. Rosemary George, Great Britain, 2003
105. Spyridon Gianniotis, Greece, 2020
106. Asociación Cruce A Nado Del Estrecho De Gibraltar (Gibraltar Strait Swimming Association), Spain, 2017
107. Massimo Giuliani, Italy, 2020
108. Mercedes Gleitze, Great Britain, 1969
109. William "Bill" Goll, USA, 2011
110. Stéphane Gomez, France, 2021
111. Charlie Gravett (Jersey/UK), 2016
112. Elaine Gray, Great Britain, 1971
113. Christopher Green, Great Britain, 2012
114. Sam Greetham, Great Britain, 2024
115. Martina Grimaldi, Italy, 2018
116. Trent Grimsey, Australia, 2018
117. Joe Grossman, USA, 1979
118. Sue Guesdon, Australia, 2019
119. Christopher Guesdon, Australia, 2009
120. Ros Hardiman, Great Britain, 2024
121. Ashby "Bud" Harper, USA, 1984
122. Lilian Harrison, Argentina, 1973
123. Suzanne Heim-Bowen, USA, 2024<br/ 124. Ishak Helmy, Egypt, 1980
125. Tom Hetzel, Ph.D., USA, 1980
126. Colin Hill, UK, 2017
127. Dr. Harry Huffaker, USA, 2011
128. Yvetta Hlaváčová, Czech Republic, 2021
129. Chad Hundeby, USA, 1996
130. Carol Hunt, Great Britain, 1994
131. Sarah Hunt, Great Britain, 1994
132. Captain Leonard Hutchinson, Great Britain, 2004
133. Horacio Iglesias, Argentina, 1968
134. IJsselmeer Zwemmarathon, Netherlands, 2020
135. Larisa Dmitriyevna Ilchenko, Russia, 2012
136. Indonesian Swimming Federation, Indonesia, 2014
137. Irish Long Distance Swimming Association, Ireland, 2012
138. Pauline Jackson, USA, 2023
139. Helge Jensen, Denmark/Canada, 1970
140. Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club, UK, 2014
141. Zhang Jian, China, 2018
142. Captain Tim Johnson, USA, 2006
143. Peter Jurzynski, USA, 2005
144. Linda Kaiser, USA, 2018
145. Britta Kamrau, Germany, 2009
146. Jane Katz, Ph.D., USA, 2014
147. Ted Keenan, Ireland, 1984
148. James Kegley, USA, 1991
149. Vicki Keith Munro, C.M., O. Ont., LLD, ChPC, Canada, 2003
150. Annette Kellerman, Australia, 1965
151. Otto Kemmerich, Germany, 1968
152. Jerry Kerschner, USA, 1978
153. John Kinsella, USA, 1978
154. Rita Kovács, Hungary, 2023
155. Yuri Kudinov, Russia, 2009
156. Irene van der Laan, Netherlands, 1985
157. Regent LaCoursière, Canada, 1978
158. Kathrin Lammers, Germany, 2018
159. Annemie Landmeters, Belgium, 1991
160. Carlos Larriera, Argentina, 1969
161. Stéphane Lecat, France, 2007
162. Jaime Lomelín Gavaldón, Mexico, 2023
163. Right Honourable Captain William J. Long, OBE, Great Britain, 2004
164. May Looney, USA, 1984
165. Sunny Lowry, Great Britain, 2009
166. Cliff Lumsdon, Canada, 1969
167. Thomas Lurz, Germany, 2019
168. Marcella MacDonald, PDM, USA, 2005
169. Michelle Macy, USA, 2019
170. Alawi Mohammed Makki Al-Ibrahim, Saudi Arabia, 1979
171. Mányoki Attila, Hungary, 2016
172. Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli, Italy, 2021
173. Susie Maroney, Australia, 2005
174. Mohammed Ahmed Marouf, Egypt, 2018
175. Daniel Eulogio Carpio Massioti “Carpayo”, Peru, 2005
176. Yuko Matsuzaki, Japan, 2011
177. Dennis Matuch, USA, 1977
178. Angela Maurer, Germany, 2009
179. Chloë McCardel, Australia, 2016
180. Linda McGill, MBE Australia, 1968
181. Georges Michel, France, 2022
182. Midmar Mile, South Africa, 2013
183. Vojislav Mijić, Serbia, 2014
184. Dennis Miller, Fiji, 2013
185. Sally Anne Minty-Gravett, MBE, Great Britain, 2005
186. Courtney Moates Paulk, USA, 2024
187. Attila Molnar, Hungary, 1998
188. Magda Molnar, Hungary, 1985
189. Dr. Osama Ahmed Momtaz, Egypt, 2007
190. Jamie Monahan, USA, 2018
191. Jim Moran, USA, 1985
192. Rohan Dattatrey More, India, 2018
193. David Morgan, Great Britain, 1983
194. Eva Morrison, USA, 1973
195. Evan Morrison, USA, 2022
196. Lynton Mortensen, Australia, 2024
197. Steven Muñatones, USA, 2002
198. Kevin Murphy, Great Britain, 1977
199. Keo Nakama, USA, 1967
200. Jerry Nason, USA, 2007
201. Forrest Nelson, USA, 2015
202. Marvin “Duke” Nelson, USA, 1979
203. Marc Newman, Great Britain, 1988
204. Cynthia Nicholas, Canada, 1978
205. Judith de Nijs, Netherlands, 1964
206. Anna-Carin Nordin, Sweden, 2018
207. Martha Norelius, USA, 1984
208. Esther Nuñez Morera, Spain, 2020
209. Diana Nyad, USA, 1978
210. David O'Brien, Australia, 2017
211. Poliana Okimoto, Brazil, 2018
212. Michael Oram, Great Britain, 2005
213. Gustavo Oriozabala, Argentina, 2001
214. Penny Palfrey, Australia, 2010
215. David Parcells, USA, 2012
216. George Park, Canada, 1978
217. Margaret Park Wisniski, Canada, 2000
218. Tom Park, Canada, 1968
219. Roger Parsons, Great Britain / Spain, 1997
220. Valerie Parsons, Great Britain / Spain, 1989
221. Batista Pereira, Portugal, 1971
222. Dale Petranech, USA, 1995
223. Rose Pitonof, USA, 2013
224. James Pittar, Australia, 2009
225. John Pittman, USA, 2017
226. Mickey Pittman, USA, 2017
227. Claudio Plit, Argentina, 1981
228. Walter Poenisch, USA, 2020
229. Dr. Evgenij Pop Acev, Macedonia, 2024
230. Gilles Potvin, Canada, 2006
231. Francis “Frank” Pritchard, USA, 2009
232. Lewis Pugh, South Africa, 2013
233. Shadia El Rageb, Egypt, 1971
234. Ricardo Continentino Ratto, Brazil, 2017
235. Michael P. Read, MBE, Great Britain, 1978
236. Stephen Redmond, Ireland, 2017
237. Des Renford, MBE, Australia, 1978
238. Hassan Abdel Rehim, Egypt, 1966
239. Francis “Frank” Richards, Great Britain, 2004
240. Julie Ridge, USA, 1985
241. Éva Risztov, Hungary, 2020
242. Veljko Rogošić, Yugoslavia, 1998
243. Norman Ross, USA, 1984
244. Rottnest Channel Swim Association, Australia, 2011
245. Sharon van Rouwendaal, Netherlands, 2022
246. Simone Ruffini, Italy, 2024
247. Philip Rush, New Zealand, 1985
248. Gus Ryder, Canada, 1981
249. Willy Van Rysel, Netherlands, 2002
250. General Omar Sabry, Egypt, 1965
251. William ‘Bill’ Sadlo, Jr., USA, 2009
252. Johannes “Johan” Schans, Netherlands, 1970
253. Jan van Scheyndal, Netherlands, 1985
254. Charlotte “Lottie” Schoemmell, USA, 1968
255. Audrey Scott, Great Britain, 1983
256. Ray Scott, Great Britain, 1983
257. Mihir Sen, India, 1966
258. Serpentine Swimming Club, Great Britain, 2022
259. Mervyn Sharp, Great Britain, 2006
260. Tanarath Narayan Shenoy, India, 1987
261. Brenda Sherratt, Great Britain, 1970
262. John Sigmund, USA, 1965
263. Charles "Red" Silvia, USA, 2007
264. Dan Simonelli, USA, 2024
265. Carol Sing, USA, 2000
266. Marty Sinn, USA, 1963
267. John Slater, Great Britain, 1980
268. Dr. David Smith, USA, 1969
269. Joe Smith, Great Britain, 2005
270. Neville Smith, South Africa, 2021
271. Trevor Smith, Great Britain, 1998
272. Vicko Šoljan, Yugoslavia / Croatia, 2007
273. Igor de Souza, Brazil, 2004
274. Tomi Stefanovski, Macedonia, 2016
275. Dr. Chris Stockdale, MBE, Great Britain, 1992
276. Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, 2009
277. Alison Streeter, MBE, Great Britain, 1985
278. Freda Streeter, MBE, Great Britain, 2005
279. Martin Strel, Slovenia, 2014
280. Greg Streppel, Canada, 1996
281. Diane Struble, USA, 2023
282. Henry Sullivan, USA, 1968
283. Imre Szenasi, Hungary, 1973
284. Duncan Taylor, Great Britain, 2005
285. Stella Taylor, USA, 1982
286. Shelley Taylor-Smith, Australia, 1989
287. Bert Thomas, USA, 1969
288. Sarah Thomas, USA, 2018
289. Patty Thompson, Canada, 1969
290. Enrico Tiraboschi, Italy, 1971
291. Nora Toledano Cadena, Mexico, 2006
292. James Toomey, USA, 1971
293. Giulio Travaglio, Italy, 1966
294. Aquatic Club du lac St. Jean, Canada, 1976 (now Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean)
295. Montserrat Tresserras, Spain, 1970
296. Norman Trusty, Great Britain, 2003
297. Hugh Tucker, South Africa, 2018
298. Jacques Tuset, France, 2018
299. Viola Valli, Italy, 2021
300. Varne Ridge Holiday Park, UK, 2014
301. Marty Veen, Netherlands, 2014
302. Ernest Vierkoetter, Germany, 1978
303. Catherine Vogt Kase, USA, 2023
304. Carl Walker, Great Britain, 2005
305. Billy Wallace, Ireland, 1999
306. Christof Wandratsch, Germany, 2004
307. Thomas H. Watch, Great Britain, 1986
308. Barry Watson, Great Britain, 1973
309. Don Watson, USA, 2013
310. Captain Matthew Webb, Great Britain, 1963
311. Ferry Weertman, Netherlands, 2022
312. Maarten van der Weijden, Netherlands, 2012
313. Johnny Weissmuller, USA, 1970
314. Conrad Wennerberg, USA, 1977
315. James Whelan, USA, 2001
316. Alick Wickham, Solomon Islands, 2022
317. Dave Whyte, Great Britain, 2007
318. Monique Wildschut, Netherlands, 1993
319. Ralph Willard, USA, 1981
320. Herman Willemse, Netherlands, 1963
321. Jaberz Wolffe, Great Britain, 1968
322. Ronnie Wong Man Chiu, BBS, JP, Hong Kong, 2021
323. Doug Woodring, USA, 2020
324. Steve Wozniak, USA, 1979
325. William Wrigley, Jr., USA, 1964
326. Feng Yao-Hsien, China, 1973
327. John York, USA, 1989
328. Bridget Young, Great Britain, 1988
329. George Young, Canada, 1963
330. David Yudovin, USA, 1999
331. Beth Yudovin, USA, 2022
332. Charles Zibelman, USA, 1966
333. Jason Zirganos, Greece, 1971
334. Major General Ahmed Zorkani, Egypt, 1973

Information courtesy of the Steven Munatones and Ned Denison.

Videos



With Kevin Murphy, an Honor Open Water Swimmer in the International Swimming Hall of Fame and an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame


With Petar Stoychev, a 4-time Olympian and Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame


Veljko Rogošić in the Adriatic Sea


Petar Stoychev, dual inductee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

Ned Denison on Mental Health in Marathon Swimming

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