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Announces Milton Gray Campbell As 2012 Gold Medallion Award Recipient

Fort Lauderdale – (April 6) The International Swimming Hall of Fame today announced Milton Gray Campbell as its 2012 Gold Medallion Recipient.  The honor will be presented to Campbell on Saturday, May 12, at ceremonies in Fort Lauderdale. 

This award has been conferred annually since 1983 to an individual who has been a competitive swimmer, water polo player, diver or synchronized swimmer and who has achieved international recognition for accomplishments outside of the pool. Past recipients of the Gold Medallion include: US President, Ronald Reagan, US Senators Barry Goldwater and Paul Tsongas, US Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young, Congressman E. Clay Shaw, Businessman and Secretary of the Treasury William E. Simon, Businessman F. M. Kirby III, and Entertainers Art Linkletter, Buddy Ebsen, Esther Williams and Prince Albert of Monaco, to name a few.  For a complete list of prior recipients go to:

Competing as an 18-year-old student at Plainfield High School, Campbell captured the silver medal in the decathlon behind Bob Mathias in 1952 at the Helsinki Olympics. Then, four years later at Melbourne he racked up an Olympic-record 7937 points with the aid of his 14.0-second time in the 110-meter hurdles, his specialty. Campbell easily survived a poor showing in the pole vault, an event he dreaded if only because it was hard to find a bamboo pole strong enough to support his 6-3, 210-pound frame.

“While Milt is best remembered in the sporting world for being the first African American to win a gold medal in the decathlon, he might just as easily have been the first in swimming,” says ISHOF CEO Bruce Wigo. “His story and the relationship he had with his swim coach is one of the most inspirational swimming stories I have ever encountered and is a cornerstone of his successful career as a motivational speaker.  ‘It’s not what you say to me.  It’s what I say to me that matters,’ he says.”

The Award will be presented at the conclusion of ISHOF’s 1st International Aquatic History Symposium and Film Festival, an event that will examine one of the great enigmas of World Cultural history:  today’s lack of racial diversity in all things aquatic.  For more information about the presentations and the symposium visit www.iahsff.com. For information about the Gold Medallion Award and the 2012 ISHOF induction weekend visit www.ishof.org or call 954-462-6536
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