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ISHOF Exhibit in Shanghai draws 35,000 Visitors


John Naber"Passion & Progress:  A history of FINA and Olympic Aquatics" debuted at the Magnolia Natatorium, Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China, July 16 - 31st.  It was the most successful ISHOF traveling exhibition to date developed in partnership with the Shanghai Sports Museum.  According to the Shanghai Sports Administration, the exhibition attracted over 35,000 visitors.  To see a video of the exhibit, please visit our home page.


Swimming in China

By Bruce Wigo, President of the International Swimming Hall of Fame


I recently spent six weeks in China, beginning with the FINA World Championships in Shanghai and ending with thefriends swimming

World University Games in Shenzhen. During this time I had the opportunity to visit a number of pools, meet with facility managers, swimming coaches, teachers and talk with ordinary people who swim for fitness or fun and these are my observations about the present and future of Chinese swimming. To read the full article, please follow the link to our webpage.



ISHOF and the Shanghai Sports Museum sign mutual agreement for cooperation.

The ISHOF and the Shanghai Sports Museum signed a mutual agreement for

cooperation at a press conference in Shanghai during the 14th FINA World Championships.  The agreement included the exchange of some memorabilia by both sides and the promise to collaborate on the design and construction of future traveling exhibits throughout the world.  Pictured are ISHOF president Bruce Wigo and Mr. Chen Yiping, Deputy Director of the Shanghai Sports Administration. 




han han
Left picture: ISHOF intern HanHan Long, standing in front of exhibition she helped create for the exhibition in Shanghai.   

A resident of Shanghai, Han served as an intern in Ft. Lauderdale before returning to China last October. 

 lunch with swim instructors













Right picture: Lunch with swim coaches and instructors in Shenzhen


Report to the Board of Directors on the World Swimming Exhibition, "Passion and Progress" at the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships, Shanghai, China, July 16 - 31, 2011


We arrived in Beijing on July 14th - hand carrying over $200,000 worth of Olympic medals, from Emil Rausch's 1904 Olympic participation medal - the most rare and valuable medal in our collection - to Aaron Peirsol's 2008 Olympic Gold medal for the 100M backstroke.  Other, more cumbersome artifacts of an even greater value had been shipped earlier. Upon arrival, we were taken to the Magnolia Natatorium, one of three pools used for the championships, which served as the location of the exhibition.  There we met with staff from the Shanghai Sports Administration (SSA) and Shanghai Sports Museum (SSM), with whom we had been working on this project for over a year, and placed the artifacts that we hand carried into the displays.  We also reviewed the exhibit boards for accuracy. To read the full report, please follow the link.



2011 Masters Induction


You are cordially invited to attend the 2011 International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, September 16, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Induction will take place at The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville, in conjunction with the United States Aquatic Sports convention.


The evening will begin with cocktails (cash bar) and hors d'oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. on the deck, outside the River Terrace 3 Room.  Immediately following, at 7:00 p.m. we will proceed into the River Terrace 3 Room for the Induction Ceremony. 


Reservations are NOT necessary, please come and join us in celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of your fellow Masters Swimmers and Divers!


Richard Abrahams (USA)          Honor Swimmer

Peter DiCroce (USA)                  Honor Diver

Jeff Farrell (USA)                       Honor Swimmer

Lynn Marshall (CAN)                  Honor Swimmer

Christel Schulz (GER)                 Honor Swimmer

Grunde Vegard, (NOR)               Honor Diver

Gary Stutsel (AUS)                    Honor Contributor/Swimming



ISHOF Visitors and Events 
Sabir book


Bruce Wigo presenting 30 copies of Sabir Muhammad's "Born to Swim" to Sybil Gordon of the Fort Lauderdale Department of Parks and Recreation. The donation of Sabir's inspiring book is for use by children participating in the City's learn to swim program.  






A busy summer:  ISHOF staff provided Tours of the ISHOF museum and aquatic complex this summer to numerous summer camps.

 Mike Paratto 





Coach Mike Paratto, who was Jenny Thompson's 

age group coach, admiring Jenny's display.






ISHOF is the world's primary resource for Aquatic History.  Please help us preserve and showcase the history of our great aquatic sports by joining or renewing your membership today. To join or renew, click here and scroll down that page to select your membership level.

Sincerely, Bruce Wigo


The International Swimming Hall of Fame


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