Mark Spitz Exhibit
Vaziri Swimwear
Lucky Lake Swim
A word from our CEO
Peter Ueberroth receives Gold Medallion
2013 Masters Induction
Murray Rose's Autobiography
Drowning Memorial
At home with Dagmar
DDR Athletes' Reunion

Italy's Women's Olympic water polo coach Fabio Conti with his family at ISHOF.

Ian McAllister, grandson of 1920 Olympic silver medalist Hilda James with wife Simone. He presented his book "The Lost Olympics" to ISHOF's CEO Bruce Wigo.

Leila Dvorak, proud niece of ISHOF's Honor Diver Marshall Wayne at ISHOF.

Lucy Morton's granddaughter Annette with her husband on vacation in Fort Lauderdale.

A "Renewed" Mark Spitz Exhibit
We moved our  "Mark Spitz" exhibit from the entrance of the museum to a display case on the back wall to protect Mark's Parade uniform from the damaging sunlight by the door.


Vaziri Swimwear

Leila Vaziri a South Florida local, former ISHOF employee and FINA Short Course World Champion moved to New York City in 2011 following her retirement from competitive swimming. Inspired by New York City, Leila began designing and manufacturing her own swimwear line. "I've had alot of fun and learned a great deal during this process. I'm hoping others will appreciate the swimwear for its unique style and high quality." 

Vaziri swimsuits are available in South Florida and New York City athletic retail shops. Available as well online: 

Lucky Lake Swim

Meeting Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer and doing Luckys Lake Swim was an incredibly 

ISHOF CEO Bruce Wigo with Lucky and Olympic Champion Rowdy Gaines


enjoyable experience.  I recommend doing both for every swimmer's bucket list.   To learn more about the swim, visit and see this video.
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October 2013
A word from our CEO 
Bruce Wigo 

I tend to view the world through a watery lens. It's a trait I must have inherited from Buck Dawson, the first director of the Swimming Hall of Fame. Like the six degrees of Kevin Bacon, swimming can be connected to just about anything important that has ever happened or is happening in the world. From the Aquatic Ape theory of evolution to a music festival I recently attended.   I have entitled my commentaries: "Connecting Swimming To.....".  The first connects swimming to San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

I hope you enjoy it and learn something from it.
I also hope that you enjoy receiving our newsletter and our efforts to keep the importance of swimming in the public eye, not just as a competitive sport but as an activity that everyone on the planet should be adept and skilled enough, not just to improve their health and quality of life, but to save their life if a situation where the ability to swim may be a matter of life or death.  As we approach our 50th year anniversary, I hope that you will  either renew your membership, join us for the first time and/or make a donation as your support does MAKE A DIFFERENCE.


Swimmingly yours,

Bruce Wigo  (President/CEO)

Peter Ueberroth 
Receives Gold Medallion


On Saturday, September 14, ISHOF presented 
Peter V. Ueberroth Ueberroth with our organizations most distinguished award, the Gold Medallion at the Annual USAS dinner.  Introduced by Rowdy Gaines, Mr. Ueberroth was not only recognized as the savior of the Modern Olympic Games, but also inspiring Rowdy to return to swimming after the disappointment of the American boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games and win three gold medals in 1984.  To learn more about the accomplishments of Mr. Ueberroth, 
2013 Masters Induction 

Eight outstanding individuals were inducted at the annual IMSHOF ceremony, Friday evening, September 13th, at the Hyatt Regency, Orange County, in Garden Grove (Anaheim), California.  The ceremony took place in conjunction with the annual United States Aquatic Sports Convention. There were over 150 Masters athletes, friends and family in attendance. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were enjoyed prior to the ceremony and all the Masters delegates got to meet and greet the inductees.

 The prestigious IMSHOF class of 2013 included four swimmers, one diver, one synchronized swimmer, one water polo player and one contributor from four different countries:  the USA, Japan, Australia and Canada.  All were in attendance except for Honor Masters Swimmer, Hiromu Yoshimoto, who is 99 years old and living in Japan.   

The Inductees include (LtR) USA Synchronized Swimmer Holly Kyle, Swimmer Jenny Whiteley (AUS) & Judie Oliver (CAN), USA Diver Felix Grossman, Swimmer Edward Cazalet (USA), contributor Ted Haartz (USA)  and  Honor Water Polo Player, Michael "Mike" Haley of the USA.  USA Contributor F.H. "Ted" Haartz, received a standing ovation from the entire Masters delegation, for all his contributions and years of work dedicated to Masters Swimming.



The newly released autobiography of Murray Rose, LIFE IS
WORTH SWIMMING is now available in the US through ISHOF.  Murray, who passed away in 2012, was one of the greatest swimmers and personalities in Olympic History.  The book has an incredible collection of photos and reminiscences from the Golden Age of Australian swimming and is well worth reading. Murray did not just recount his experiences as a son, husband, father, Olympic champion, national hero, TV commentator and masters swimmer but shares his philosophy about the importance of swimming for life.  Order your copy now. 

Drowning Memorial -  Family of drowned teen calls for Lifeguards at State Park

Four months after she watched helplessly as her 15-year old son was caught in a rip current and drowned at John U. Lloyd Park, Chrissie Snell returned to the beach to plant  sea grape tree in memory of her oldest child. More:

LtR: Dr. Leatherman, Bruce Wigo, Dr. Fletemeyer, the Clark family
At home with Dagmar Hase

On September 20, 2013, Ivonne Schmid visited 2013 ISHOF Honor Swimmer Dagmar Hase at her home in the Harz Mountains of Germany, where Dagmar proudly displays her 2013 ISHOF sash and award. However, all of her Olympic and World Championship medals are stored in a Christmas gift bag hidden in a drawer, but Dagmar took them all out for a photo and her face lit up when talking about all the great swimming memories. Ivonne enjoyed a wonderful evening with Dagmar at her house and it was late at night before they finally went to bed. Too late for Dagmar, who leaves the house at 5am every morning to drive to Magdeburg, where she trains young swimmers to become Olympians one day!

"DDR" Athletes' Reunion

From September 13-15, ISHOF's Ivonne Schmid took part in the 8th reunion of former DDR Olympic Athletes. The event was organized by 1972 silver medalist Klaus Katzur. Participating were 46 athletes, among them 30 former swimmers and coaches. The event was held in Germany in the beautiful Ore Mountains. Ivonne was able to make contact with all the swimmers and interest them in providing memorabilia for a "DDR" exhibit at ISHOF but also to discuss training methods in the former DDR and the recent publication of doping in West Germany. She also 

LtR: Brigitte Merten, Ivonne Schmid, Ursula Happe

enjoyed spending time with participating ISHOF Honorees, Ursula Happe (1956 Olympic gold), Ulrike Richter-Schmidt (1976 Olympics - 3 gold), Rosemarie Kother-Gabriel (1976 Olympics - bronze) and IMSHOF Inductee Brigitte Merten (32 world Championship titles).