THE INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES
Fort Lauderdale – Sponsored by Pentair Aquatic Systems, the International Swimming
Hal of Fame (ISHOF) announced today the recipients of the 2014 Paragon Awards. The
Paragon Awards are presented annually to individuals or organizations for outstanding
contributions to: Competitive Swimming, Water Polo, Competitive Diving, Aquatic Safety,
Synchronized Swimming and Recreational Swimming. This year’s awards will be
presented on Friday, June 13, 2014, at a ceremony at the ISHOF in Fort Lauderdale,
THE 2014 PARAGON AWARD RECIPIENTS
“Pentair is honored to be associated with the International Swimming Hall of Fame
and to recognize leaders in the aquatic industry who play a prominent role in the promotion
of swimming”, said Jim Drozdowski, Institutional Aquatics Sales Manager for Pentair
“The annual Paragon Awards bring some of the most interesting and fascinating
people each year to the Hall of Fame,” said ISHOF President/CEO Bruce Wigo. “These
are the unsung heroes who make competitive and recreational aquatics possible, who save
lives, who promote water safety and further aquatic education.”
The Paragon Awards are part of ISHOF’s 50th Annual Hall of Fame Honoree
Weekend, June 13 - 15. For ticket information visit www.ishof.org or call 954-462-6536.
This year’s Paragon Award recipients and their categories are:
COMPETITIVE SWIMMING - SID CASSIDY
Sid Cassidy is one of the leaders of open water swimming, serving as Chairman of the
FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee. He has worked tirelessly for over four
decades as an athlete, coach, race director, promoter, administrator, referee and lecturer.
COMPETITIVE DIVING - CYNTHIA POTTER
Cynthia Potter is a Hall of Fame Honoree who has done much to establish a fund within
USA Diving that financially rewards coaches for performances. She has been a television
commentator the past for 30 years and a volunteer high school diving coach.
COMPETITIVE SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING - MIWAKO HOMMA
Miwako Homma from Japan was the 1984 bronze medalist in both solo and duet events at
the Olympic Games, also winning the solo and team events at the 1982 World
Championships in Guayaquil. She was the coach of the National Team from 1986 to 1991,
a FINA judge, a FINA evaluator, edited the FINA Handbook and serves on the Board of
Directors for the Japan Swimming Federation.
COMPETITVE WATER POLO - OLGA PINCIROLI
Olga Pinciroli started women’s water polo in Brazil and organized a team in 1989 that
competed outside of Brazil for the first time in California. In 1990, the team qualified for
the FINA World Championships. She is the “Mother of Women’s Water Polo” in Brazil.
RECREATIONAL SWIMMING – WALLY JAMES
For the past 30 years, Wally has been one of the most prolific aquatic specialists in the
country serving as the WWA’s first President. He led the development of APSP and ASTM
for use in special pools and has published articles in industry publications. He serves as a
frequent expert witness for the industry and the industry insurer’s on matters of matters of
safety and health.
WATER SAFETY – ROBERT “BOB” BURNSIDE
In 1964, Bob Burnside initiated the “Surf Lifesaving Association”, becoming known today
as the “United States Lifesaving Association” (USLA). In 1967, he developed the
revolutionary plastic “Burnside Rescue Can”, now a standard for lifeguards worldwide and
iconic symbol of beach lifeguarding. Hired as an ocean lifeguard in 1951, he was a
champion swimmer who introduced the Malibu balsa surfboard to Australia.
About Pentair Aquatic Systems: Pentair Aquatic Systems is a world-wide leader in the
manufacture of residential and commercial swimming pool equipment, including Paragon
Deck Equipment out of its LaGrangeville, NY facility. Paragon deck equipment, including
competitive starting platforms, has been a leader in innovation, design and manufacturing
for over 50 years, and is a proud sponsor of the ISHOF “Paragon Awards” since 1996.
more information about the Paragon Awards, see:
About ISHOF: The International Hall of Fame, established in 1965, is a not-for-profit
educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its mission is to promote the
benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, a better quality of
life, drowning prevention and water safety.
For more information about ISHOF, see
www.ishof.org or call 954-462-6536