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Wigo Keynote Speaker at Josh Foundation Fundraiser
Water Safety for Kids
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The 44th Annual Fort Lauderdale Rough Water Swim

will take place on January 5th, 2013 OMS on Fort Lauderdale Beach beginning at 9:30 in the morning. Information for  the swim can be found on  ISHOF's website.


March 13-15 

NDPA Conference


May 4:  

Eastern Zone LSC Meeting


  May 8 - 12

 Honoree Weekend - FINA/USA Diving Grand Prix


August 8 - 11 

Diversity in Aquatics Convention & HBCU Swimming Reunion

2012 ISHOF Gold Medallion  Milt Campbell dies at age 78.  
Milt Campbell

Milt Campbell, a versatile athlete who became the first African American to win a gold medal in the Olympic decathlon at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games, has died at his home in Gainesville, Ga. He was 78.

Less well known is that the "World's Greatest Athlete and ISHOF's 2012 Gold Medallion recipient was an All-American swimmer who might have been the first of his race to win an Olympic Gold medal in swimming.


To see Milt's motivational Induction speech, click here:

Read on: 

Milt Campbell sw. story

Milt's Obituary in SI

The great Bob Hughesa legendary waterman who was perhaps the most dominant water polo player in US water polo history has passed away. 

Bob Hughes  

Anderson family
3 generations of the Anderson family visit the Ishof museum in honor of the late Miller Anderson: daughter Charlotte Anderson Hollinger, grandson Tyler Hollinger and Brittany Cavayero with baby Mayson Hollinger
Mayuko Fujiki

Mayuko Fujiki, 1996 Olympic synchronized swimming bronze medalist for Japan and coach of the 2012 USA Olympic synchro team with her childhood hero, Janet Evans. 


Save the Date!   Last Chance to Visit the Shrine!
2013 Honoree Weekend and FINA Diving Grand Prix (May 8 - 12, 2012)  
The class of 2013 will be our 49th and the last to be inducted in our historic Shrine,  as demolition is scheduled to begin next November.  Please join us on Saturday, May 11th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA) for this memorable event. The ten individuals selected for induction are: Swimmers GARY HALL, JR. (USA), PIETER VAN DEN HOOGENBAND (NED), YANA KLOCHKOVA (UKR) and DAGMAR HASE (GER); Diver HU JIA (CHN); Synchronized Swimmer NATHALIE SCHNEYDER (USA); Water Polo Player MILIVOJ BEBIC (YUG, CRO); Open Water Swimmer CLIFF LUMSDON (CAN); Coach ALBERTO CASTAGNETTI (ITA) and in the Contributor category, PETER MONTGOMERY (AUS).     
ISHOF To Celebrate 1973 - in 2013

Make plans to visit Swimming's Historic Shrine!

1st Fina WCS

  • 1st FINA World Championship
  • Friendship Through Sports & the People's Republic of China
  • Phillips 66 Sponsorship of USA Swimming
  • Founding of Arena and Colorado Timing
  • The Belgrade Swim Suit

Scheduled to close for up to two years, this is your last chance to see and walk the halls visited by the great names in swimming history.

ISHOF CEO Wigo, Keynote Speaker at Josh Foundation Fundraiser - VOTE FOR WANDA

Bruce Wigo will be the Keynote Speaker a this year's JoshProject Foundation Fundraiser, in Toledo, OH on December 9th.  "Entitled, 'The most incredible story you've never heard, or: Swimming: A perfect metaphor for the Black Experience in America', Wigo says his multi-media presentation, using historical records and images, destroys commonly held attitudes, myths and stereotypes about race that discourage some segments society from learning to swim.  "Our mission is to "encourage & inspire everyone to be a swimmer," says Wigo, "and I believe the history of swimming can play an important role." For more infor-mation about the Fundraiser & the JoshProject, click here:

Water Safety for Kids

ISHOF is proud to announce a new Water Safety initiative designed to reduce drowning and encourage participation in swimming in minority communities.  Drowning in the Caribbean/African region is at least 8 times greater than in the USA and Australia, says ISHOF CEO, Bruce Wigo. "Working with Ft. Lauderdale artist, Kimberly Peterson and Fequiere Vilsaint, President of Educavision, Inc., a publishing house specializing in educational books, ISHOF has created an interactive water safety book that has been met with great enthusiasm by swimming officials in the Caribbean and African regions. Published in six languages, including English, Creole, Spanish, French, Portugeese and Arabic, we believe the book will not only be universal to the region and encourage water safety and swimming, but will also expose children to global linguistics."  

In The News
Jesse Vasallo Launches the D-Band

Swim Faster and Support ISHOF at the same time.


Hall of Fame swimmer and now coach of the Pompano D BandPiranaha's announces the launch of a new tool for the serious swimmer, the D-Band. Jesse has personally designed this device to be lightweight, comfortable and steramlined for ultimate performance.  For more information follow this link:

To purchase the special ISHOF limited edition of the D-Band, click here


Future Hall Fame Diver Marries

Jingjing marries  

The retired Queen of Diving, Guo Jingjing was married in Hong Kong on November 8 to Kenneth Fok Kai-kong, 33, grandson of late billionaire Henry Fok Ying-tung and eldest son of Hong Kong Olympic chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting. Read article in  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

New Acquisitions
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Ransom Arthur
Last week we received memorabilia from the late Dr. Ransom Arthur, the father of Masters Swimming.   Among the items donated by his daughter, Shelly, are Dr. Arthur's Navy swimming team jacket from the time when he first started his medical research into the benefits of swimming in the adult population.

1973 East German Championship Medal
1973 East german medal medal front
A gift from an anonymous donor, this gold medal from the East German (DDR) National Swimming Championships of 1973, the year the East German women really shocked the world with their almost unbelievable performances. Initially, their success was attributed to their revolutionary talent identification, secret training methods and skin-suits. In looking back, only one commentator in 1973, French journalist Jean Piere LaCour, openly suggested there might be other reasons.

The "Greatest Meet" In Swimming History

Now Available On DVD

The 1961 Men's AAU National Championships at Yale's Payne Whitney Gymnasium is regarded by many historians as the greatest swimming meet in aquatic history as world records were set in 12 of the 14 events.  Featuring some of the greatest names from the 1950's and 1960's, this 1 hr. long CBS Sports Spectacular broadcast is now available on DVD from ISHOF.  ISHOF members $25, non-members $45.   To order, call Ivonne at 954.462.6536 ext 2101961 dvd aau

Don't forget to renew your membership and make your Year-End tax-Deductible Gift!


2012 is coming to a close! It was an eventful year. But to continue our work please renew your membership and make your year-end tax-deductible gift to ISHOF to help support our mission of Preserving the Past to Inspire the Future. Every dollar makes a difference.  Click here to give online.



Bruce Wigo

The International Swimming Hall of Fame