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John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award

John K. Williams, Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award

2002 Anne Green


Established in 1994 by the Adapted Aquatics Committee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame this award honors an individual who has made significant and substantial contributions to the field of adaptive aquatics (aquatics for persons with disabilities) as a participant, athlete, teacher, instructor, coach, organizer, administrator or media representative.


Anne Green has done much to nurture disability swimming programs throughout the world.  She is the current Swimming chairperson of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and has held this position since 1992.  In this role, Ms. Green has dedicated herself to providing swimmers with disabilities fairness in classification, equal access to elite competition, and impartiality in rules and regulations.


Ms. Green’s involvement in the sport began in the early 1970s, when she taught and coached swimming in Perth, then later went on to open her own private swim school where she taught swimmers with and without disabilities.   She became very interested in disability swimming and has held many volunteer positions related to it since the early 1990s.  Nationally, Ms. Green worked for Australian Swimming from 1990 to 2001, as the Manager of “Disability Sport and Indigenous Populations,” and at present, still consults for the organization.  In this position she focused on developing budgets and strategic plans, as well acting as a liaison with government bodies, disabled sports organizations, and indigenous groups.


Ms. Green served as a coach of the Australian National Team for numerous events including 1990 World Disabled Championships; 1992 Paralympics; 1993, 96-97 World Deaf Games; and the 1998 BT Nationals.


Internationally, Ms. Green has served on several committees including her election as the Chairperson of the Swimming Executive Committee of which she is serving her third consecutive term.  Under her tenure, IPC Swimming has entered the electronic age with a new website specific to swimming.  The site features online classification manuals; a world rankings database; world, Paralympic and regional records, as well as many other materials specific to disability swimming.  She has been responsible for drafting many of the IPC rule changes that have helped the sport mature and improve.  She has worked to refine the functional classification system for swimmers with physical disabilities and to train classifiers who can implement that system worldwide.  Additionally, she works with international scholars to facilitate research on stroke techniques and classification systems.


She travels internationally to help scrutinize meet formats, inspect facilities, monitor actions of meet officials and educate meet workers.  No details escape her notice. Academically, she has written “Coaching Methods When Working with Swimmers with a Disability” (Australian Sports Commission), contributed to “Coaching Athletes with Disabilities: General Principles” and co-authored the IPC “Swimming Classification and Technical Advisors Manual.”


Additionally, Ms. Green served as the Technical Delegate for all three IPC Swimming World Championships and Technical Delegate for the two most recent Paralympic Games.


She has made significant strides in developing classification policies as well.  Through extensive research and development she has revised and updated the classification manual and procedures, and has given classification seminars on six continents.


Anne has made it a priority to put the athletes first and involve them in all aspects of the sport.  She included an athlete on the Swimming Executive Committee before the position was mandated, was instrumental in getting disability swimming included in the Commonwealth Games, and has diversified the IPC committees and subcommittees to include individuals of various backgrounds and enthnicities.


Anne’s work is routinely characterized by expert knowledge, respect for swimmers with a disability and effective mentoring of people in the swimming community.

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