For nearly 40 years, Tamás Gyárfás has been a professional journalist writer, author, publisher, television producer, volunteer and sport administrator. He was introduced to the world of sport through water polo and sport became his passion and profession. He began reporting on swimming in 1972 as head columnist for Nepsport. In the late 1970’s through the early 1990’s he served as editor of International Swimming and Water Polo Magazine. Since 1989 has been owner and President of Hungary’s NAP TV and publisher of Sport Plusz Newspaper. He has been Editor in Chief of LEN Magazine and is presently Editor in chief of the FINA Aquatics World Magazine.
Tamas has served with distinction as the General Secretary of the International Sports Journalists Association form 1993 to 1997. Among the many administrative positions he currently holds are - President of the Hungarian Swimming Federation, Vice President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, Vice President of LEN, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the 2010 European Swimming Champi-onships and Member of the FINA Bureau. He has received the Knight’s Cross of the Hungarian Republic, the Award of the Hungarian Olympic Order and was twice voted Sportleader of the Year by the Hungarian Sports Association.
The International Swimming Hall of Fame is honored to recognize Tamás Gyárfás as this year’s recipient of the Al Schoenfield Media Award.