Don Kane has been involved in the development and progress of Synchronized Swimming for over 50 years. He is cofounder
of the San Francisco Merionettes Synchro Team, which won 46 U.S. Senior National Titles, 22 Junior
National Titles, Pan American Games and numerous international invitational competitions. As a swim coach, his
swimmers Lynn Vidale won Olympic medals, 1968 silver – (400 IM), 1972 bronze – (200 IM) and Jenna Johnson
won the 1984 silver medal – (100m butterfly). In 1964, he wrote the first Judges Training Guide and followed that with a Press Relations
Guide. In 1967, he developed the first Guide to the Administration of Synchronized Swimming. Kane was elected chair of the National
AAU Convention and was elected Synchronized Swimming Chairman in 1967. His appointment of Pam Morris as Synchro's first Athletes'
Rep made her the first Athletes' Representative to sit on any AAU National Sport Committee.
Internationally, in 1967, Don served as Competition Director for the Golden Gate International Solo Championship, the first international
competition held in the U.S. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic Synchronized Swimming Sports Committee, chaired the Technical
Synchro Committee of A.S.U.A. and was a past vice chairman of the FINA Technical Synchronized Swimming Committee (1972-1976).
A FINA Level "A" judge, he served as a swimming judge at the Olympic Games in Munich and Montreal and as a synchro judge at the Atlanta
Olympics. During the years 1973-94, he officiated at seven World Championships, three FINA World Cups, and numerous international
competitions. He has been both judge and referee in four CCAN competitions and two South American Championships. In 1968, he
arranged a 10 month European tour for U.S. national duet champions, Margo McGrath and Carol Redmond which greatly accelerated the
sport's development throughout Europe. He also arranged for a six month tour of Japanese swimmers through various cities in the U.S. He
had hosted and trained swimmers and coaches from 15 nations. He has conducted officials/judges seminars in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba,
Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru and Venezuela. He will serve as the Synchronized Swimming Competition Director at the 2006
FINA Masters World Championships. He has received the FINA Silver Pin for distinguished service to International Aquatic Disciplines.