Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award

2005 LYNN BLOUIN

 

For nearly 20 years, Lynn has been involved in the administration and organization of marathon swimming.  She started as an aid for the annual swim at Lake Mempremagoy, Quebec, Canada, a race which attracted marathon swimmers from all over the world.  She quickly rose to the position of Vice-President of the organization and then to President of the Board of Directors of the race in 1993, 1994 and 1995.  She serves as race director and has always conducted an exemplary event.

 

A power struggle existed between FINA and the International Marathon Swimming Association (IMSA), as to which organization would administer the sport.  Lynn assumed an ever-increasing role in the conduct of business within the IMSA.  Eventually she helped to repair the relationship and to solve the problems between the two organizations. As with all other world swimming disciplines, in the end, marathon swimming came under the jurisdiction of FINA.

 

Lynn served as a delegate to many international swims throughout Canada, Italy, Argentina and other South American countries.  She remains a very resourceful link for all swimmers and race organizers.

 

She continues to serve as the Vice President of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

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