- 1 Open Water Swimming Highlights
- 2 Legacy in the Sport
- 3 Career
- 4 Honors
- 5 Sid Cassidy on Open Water Wednesday
- 6 Warning Whistles and Yellow Card
- 7 USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Safety Task Force
- 8 FINA TOWSC Members
- 9 External links
Open Water Swimming Highlights
- He served Vice Chairman of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee (TOWSC) for the 2017-2021 term.
- He is a former professional marathon swimmer and record-breaking channel swimmer.
- He served as a national team coach for USA Swimming.
- He has long served as a FINA administrator, Olympic official, race announcer, and race director.
- He served as the Head Referee in the men's Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
- He served as the Assistant to the Head Referee in the men's Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Tokyo Bay at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on 5 August 2021.
- He won the highest honor at USA Swimming, the prestigious USA Swimming Award which is given annually to the individual or organization with the most outstanding contribution to the sport of swimming.
- He received the Paragon Award for Competitive Swimming at the 50th annual International Swimming Hall of Fame Awards ceremony on 14 June 2014.
- He is an Ocean City Beach Patrol Hall-of-Famer who won the South Jersey Lifeguard Championship swim in 1966 and 1968.
- He served as the Coach and Technical Expert of the USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Safety Task Force.
- He is one of the English Channel relay record-holders along with Jay Wilkerson, Chad Hundeby, Martha Jahn, Karen Burton, and Dirk Bouma.
- The USA Swimming national open water team members set three English Channel relay records: 6 hours 52 minutes on their first leg (England-to-France), 6 hours 26 minutes on their second leg (France-to-England), and the fastest overall and fastest 2-way relay (England-to-France-to-England) in 14 hours 18 minutes in 1990.
- The team was coached by Penny Dean and John York.
- He served as the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee chairman. He helped organie the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup, and the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit.
- He served as the Assistant to the Head Referee in the women's Olympic 10K Marathon Swim and a Referee in the men's event held Tokyo Bay at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on 4-5 August 2021.
- He is a member of the ISHOF Open Water Nomination Screening Committee.
Legacy in the Sport
Cassidy is one of the celebrated heroes of the sport of open water swimming. In his acceptance speech at the United States Aquatic Convention, Cassidy acknowledged his family and mentor, "I am simply awed to receive this [USA Swimming] award. There are so many deserving great volunteers in our organization and to think that the Committee selected me is overwhelming. It is truly something I accept on behalf of so many of you who have given your efforts to help promote open water swimming worldwide. In particular i have to thank my family first - Kara, Quinn and Kate and my Mom and Dad for all of their love and support. I also want to be sure and note my mentor and friend as the man who taught us to swim straight in the old quarry hole - Bob Mattson. He truly has been an inspiration in my life."
Cassidy’s early passion for open water swimming developed under developed under coach Bob Mattson in the early 1960’s in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
He later went on to an All-American collegiate career at North Carolina State University and continued his proximity to the open water as a lifeguard with the Ocean City (New Jersey) Beach Patrol where he was introduced to professional marathon swimming.
Cassidy was the #4-ranked professional marathon swimmer in 1969 when he swam marathons in Chicago, Atlantic City, Canada and Egypt. It was during this period when he also started his coaching career. Similar to Bill Russell with the Boston Celtics, who was the player-coach of the NBA champions, Sid pulled off unprecedented double duties in the English Channel in 1990.
While coaching the USA Swimming National Open Water Team, he also swam on the six-member team that set three records for the fastest English-to-France crossing, the fastest France-to-England crossing, and the fastest double crossing that all still hold today.
Cassidy later became the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team head coach for five years from 1991-1996. During this period, he coached Jay Wilkerson and Samantha Chabotar to national championships from his own club while he also escorted American medalists at various FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships and World Cup events. He subsequently served as the race director for six international marathon swimming events from 1999 to 2004, and promoted the 10K distance back in an early 10K World Cup event in 2002. 'The 10K for the USA' was a precursor of how the 10 km races can host a large number of elite swimmers and provide thrilling races for spectators to enjoy up close.
Cassidy was the race starter at the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Beijing, but perhaps his greatest legacy will result from his globe-traveling responsibilities on behalf of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee where he has served since 1996. Together with members Dennis Miller of Fiji and Chris Guesdon of Australia, Cassidy promoted the 10 km marathon swimming model that was successfully used at the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Sevilla, Spain and later in Beijing and London in 2012. Cassidy continues his role in reviewing and promoting the sport and its rules and regulations and being a strong voice and leader for open water swimming in America. As the sport grows, his leadership in educating referees and officials on how to correctly and consistently interpret the rules during competition will be especially important and appreciated.
As a swimmer, Cassidy was ranked fourth as a professional marathon swimmer in 1969. He swam several 46 km (22.5-mile) Around the Island Marathon Swims in Atlantic City, USA and competed in professional marathon races in Chicago, Canada and Egypt. He both coached and swam on a record-setting double-crossing of the English Channel by the USA Swimming National Team in 1990.
- Cassidy was inducted as an Honour Administrator in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2005.
- Cassidy was the 1996 recipient of the Glen S. Hummer Award, an award given to the individual who makes the greatest contribution to the open water swimming in the United States.
- Cassidy received the 2006 International Swimming Hall of Fame Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award.
- Cassidy received the 2014 Paragon Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
- Cassidy received the 2020 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame
Sid Cassidy on Open Water Wednesday
Warning Whistles and Yellow Card
Head referee Sid Cassidy giving out warning whistles and yellow cards during a USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships in Fort Myers, Florida
USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Safety Task Force
USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Safety Task Force was a five-person investigative Open Water Review Commission to review the findings of the independent investigation into the tragic death of Fran Crippen on 24 October 2010 at a FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and to submit safety protocol recommendations.
The Task Force had three functions: (1) to review the findings of the independent USA Swimming investigation, (2) to solicit and consider other pertinent information from appropriate individuals and organizations, and (4) develop recommendations for the improvement of safety protocols, procedures and precautions arising from the death of Crippen. These recommendations were presented to USA Swimming and FINA in March 2011.
The recommendations were ultimately accepted by the FINA Bureau on 26 July 2012 as concrete means to improve safety in its open water swimming competitions.
FINA TOWSC Members
The 2017-2021 FINA TOWSC members include:
Ronnie Wong, Chairman
Sid Cassidy, Vice Chairman
Sam Greetham, Honorary Secretary
Britta Kamrau, Athlete Representative
Abdul Monem Khamis Al Alawi, Member
Abdulla Al Zahmi, Member
Luís Baptista, Member
Jorge Delgado, Member
Bill Ford, Member
Avelino Monteiro, Member
Jean-Paul Narce, Member
Andrea Prayer, Member
Fernando Terrilli, Member
Samuel Ufitimana, Member
John West, Member
Tanya Bogomilova, Events Sub-Committee
Soh Yew Siang Soh, Events Sub-Committee
Morgan Toro Martinez, Events Sub-Committee
Noam Zwi, Events Sub-Committee
Zouheir El Moufti, Bureau Liaison
The 2014-2016 FINA TOWSC members include:
FINA Bureau Liaison is Dennis Miller of Fiji
Its 2009-2014 members include:
1. Ronnie Wong Man Chiu, Chairman
2. Jorge Aurelio Delgado Panchana, Vice Chairman
4. Flavio Bomio, Honorary Secretary
4. Sid Cassidy, Member [replacement for Steven Munatones of USA]
5. Khwaja Aziz, Member
6. Valerijus Belovas, Member
6. Tomas Haces German, Member
8. Samuel Greetham, Member
9. Zouheir El Moufti, Member
10. Andrea Prayer, Member
11. John West, Member
12. Noam Zwi, Member
14. Washington Beltran, Events Sub-Committee
14. Hatem Seifallah Mohamed Ibrahim, Events Sub-Committee
15. Shelley Taylor-Smith, Events Sub-Committee
16. Dennis Miller, FINA Bureau Liaison
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