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International Swimming Hall of Fame board of directors including Bruce Wigo, CEO, and Olympic champion Mark Spitz
Fidel Castro celebrating the Swim for Peace by Walter Poenisch in 1978, together with Fay Poenisch

noun - ISHOF is the acronym for the (International Swimming Hall of Fame), a sports hall of fame devoted to the aquatic sports located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A. The ISHOF is recognized by FINA as the official hall for the aquatics sports and is affiliated with the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. The International Swimming Hall of Fame is dedicated to promoting aquatic sports, including competitive swimming, water polo, diving, synchronized swimming and marathon swimming, and immortalizing the achievements and contributions of those who have distinguished themselves in these aquatic sports.

The ISHOF is a not-for-profit educational organization whose mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of children. The ISHOF is a dynamic shrine dedicated to the history, memory, and recognition of the famous swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers, and persons involved in life saving activities and education, throughout the world, whose lives and accomplishments will serve to inspire, educate, and be role models for all those who participate in the Hall of Fame’s experience and programs.

Open Water Swimming

Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award

Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award is an award of the International Swimming Hall of Fame established in 1970 by the New England Marathon Swimming Association to honor and recognize the contribution of individuals and groups making major contributions to marathon swimming and to serve as a perpetual memorial to Irving Davids and Captain Roger Wheeler. Its recipients include:

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
2017 Richard Broer

Poseidon Award

Poseidon Award, given by the International Swimming Hall of Fame to recognize individuals who have gone beyond the call of duty and elevated the world of marathon swimming in a unique and lasting manner, was created by International Swimming Hall of Fame artist in residence Jean Ermann Desimots and depicts Poseidon with his trident, presenting the laurel wreath of victory. Based on an original sculpture commissioned by bubblegum king, William Wrigley, Jr. in 1927, the Poseidon Award recipients include the following individuals:

SafeSwimmer™ Float

The ISHOF also markets and distributes the SafeSwimmer™ Float.

Video Introductions

Board of Directors

  • Dennis Carey, a senior client partner in the executive search firm Korn Ferry International
  • Donna DeVarona, an Olympic champion and pioneer in the field of female athletics and broadcasting
  • Jim Ellis, a swim coach and youth mentor who built a successful swimming program in one of Philadelphia
  • Eldon Charles Godfrey, Senior Partner in the accounting firm of Godfrey & Godfrey
  • Stu Isaac, former Speedo senior vice president of team sales and sports marketing
  • Richard Korhammer, President, the CEO and co-founder of Lava Trading Inc.
  • Tod Spieker, entrepreneur and sole owner of Speaker Companies of Palo Alto
  • Mike Snyder, Chairman, former CEO of Vonage, the internet phone company
  • Mark Spitz, Chairman Emeritus, 1972 Olympic hero, businessman and motivational speaker
  • Katsuya Wada, CEO of Lucas Co., Ltd. (Law and Universal Consulting Alliance Service) of Tokyo, Japan
  • Bruce Wigo, President and CEO of ISHOF

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