Lynn Sherr Returns to Ft. Lauderdale To Present
Swim: Why We Love the Water
At the International Swimming Hall of Fame
Fort Lauderdale - Award-winning author, journalist and former 20/20 correspondent Lynn Sherr returns to the City of Fort Lauderdale, May 9 - 12 to present her newest book, Swim: Why We Love the Water, at the inaugural International Aquatic History Symposium and Film Festival, hosted by the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF). A life-long friend of ISHOF’s Chairman of the Board, Donna DeVarona and Hall of Fame swimmer Lynn Burke, Sherr relied upon the ISHOF Museum for much of her research.
“We are truly excited to have Lynn back in Fort Lauderdale to present her newest book,” says Bruce Wigo, ISHOF President and CEO. “She is not only a great historian and journalist, but is passionate about swimming and that comes through in her entertaining, informative and inspiring book. It is a must read not only for swimming enthusiasts, but for everyone.”
During her prominent career, Sherr has covered topics ranging from national politics, to the discovery of a 67-million-year-old dinosaur, to Susan B. Anthony to NASA Space Shuttle missions. Her numerous awards include an Emmy, two American Women in Radio and Television Commendation Awards, a National Headliner Award, an Exceptional Merit Media Award, a George Foster Peabody Award, multiple Front Page Awards and a host of others.
As a life-long swimmer who majored in Greek at Wellesley College, Lynn took on the personal challenge of swimming the wild waters of the Hellespont – the iconic strait that separates Europe from Asia made famous by the Greek myth of Hero and Leander and elevated to an athletic milestone by Lord Byron in 1810 -- as part of her research. Sherr weaves her adventurous tale around the history and science of the sport into an elegant and witty exploration of the joy of swimming: its lure, its lore and its timeless enchantment from Neptune to Benjamin Franklin to Nemo to Esther Williams up to Michael Phelps.
While much has been written about other sports, Swim is the first new book to juxtapose its legendary roots with the cutting-edge science that propels modern Olympians across the pool; to inquire into the effect it has on our lives and why we do it; to examine how swimming is becoming more social than solitary today. And to analyze mounting medical evidence that the fountain of youth may well be filled with chlorinated water. From bloomers to bikinis to the saucy songs that salute it, Swim is a paean to all things aquatic.
For More information about the International Aquatic History Symposium and Lynn’s schedule while in Fort Lauderdale, call 954-462-6536 ext. 201 or visit: www.iahsff.com
About the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
The International Hall of Fame, established in 1965 and recognized by FINA (the Olympic governing body for the aquatic sports) in 1968, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Our mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of all adults and children. The International Swimming Hall of Fame museum is open 9 – 5 on weekdays and 9 – 2 on weekends.