Honoring Nancy Ridout
As a part of this year's Pacific Masters Swimming Annual Celebration and Meeting we will be honoring Nancy Ridout for her extraordinary service and contributions to our Local Masters Swim Committee (LMSC). Earlier this year we announced that Nancy Ridout, our registrar for over 30 years, will be retiring. Nancy's place in the pantheon of Masters Swimming cannot be overstated. She's has spent a career dedicated to all things Masters.
Her role with Pacific Masters has been seminal in growing our LMSC into the largest and most progressive in the country. From the earliest days of Masters Swimming, Nancy has made a huge difference. Long before computers and on-line registration, Nancy single handedly input all members' names into the database and provided all of the information and communications that kept members apprised of their status.
Similarly, prior to the availability of the computer software, Nancy was responsible for compiling meet results, submitting Top 10 for rankings for all courses, tabulating Pacific Masters Swimmer of the Year points and a myriad of other tedious record keeping functions. Those were just the special assignments.
First and foremost, Nancy has been the voice and face of Pacific Masters Swimming. In her role as registrar, she has been every member's resource for information, support, problem solving and goodwill. Nancy has been a relentless advocate for our sport. Nancy is also one of Pacific's most accomplished swimmers with a resume full of World, National and Pacific records.
Nancy has held the organization's highest elective office, president of United States Masters Swimming, received the Ransom Arthur Award (USMS's most prestigious recognition), has been a long time member of the USMS Board of Directors and a tireless contributor to countless Masters Swimming initiatives and committees.
At this year'sAnnual Celebration and Meeting on Sunday, November 3rd,
we will be honoring Nancy for her commitment, contributions and long time support. The gathering is an energetic and inspirational gathering.Three time Olympian Matt Biondi will give the keynote address.
The day will start with a swim workout at Heather Farm pool with Coach Kerry O'Brien and Matt Biondi. Stu Kahn will present an analysis of Elite Freestyle Swimmers with lessons of What Masters Can Learn From Them. At 11:45, Pacific Masters will provide lunch and Matt will speak at 12:30. The Annual meeting will begin at about 1:45.
I hope you'll take time out of your busy schedule to attend the celebration and help us thank and honor Nancy for everything she has done for Masters Swimming.
This event is filling up fast. To RSVP email the registrar with your name before October 25th to let the planning committee know you will be attending. I look forward to seeing you there.
Fun Fitness and Competition
Michael W Moore