Al Schoenfield was editor and publisher of Swimming World and Swimming Technique magazines (1960-1977) and served on various international committees for swimming including the FINA Technical Swimming Committee (1980-1984).

Al’s life was a commitment to swimming.  He participated in its administrative structure and spread its stories through his magazines and promotions. Al died on April 19, 2005, but his legacy will forever endure to all who have benefited from his lifetime of service to swimming.

Peter Bick (USA)

2019

Peter H. Bick, Ph.D. specializes in sports, nature and event photography.

Bob Ingram (USA)

2018

Bob Ingram is senior editor of Swimming World Magazine. He has been involved in aquatics for nearly half a century (46 years)

Richard “Dick” Deal (USA)

2012

Deal revamped Swimming World magazine by adding multiple photographs, influential articles on swimming technique, training, conditioning and event coverage.

Pedro Adrega

2011

With a Journalism degree from the New University of Lisbon, Pedro Adrega began his career in the media, working for the sports daily newspaper Record.

Tamás Gyárfás

2010

For nearly 40 years, Tamás Gyárfás has been a professional journalist writer, author, publisher, television producer, volunteer and sport administrator.

Heinz Kluetmeier

2009

For more than three decades, Heinz Kluetmeier's pictures have virtually defined what great sports photography is all about.

Phil Whitten

2008

Phil Whitten was the face of swimming world magazine, as its Editor in Chief for over 15 years.

Rowdy Gaines (USA)

2008

Today, Rowdy is often referred to as “Swimmings’ Greatest Ambassador” and is known as the “voice of swimming.”

Craig Lord

2007

Since 1989, Craig Lord has covered every Olympic Games, World Championship and European Championship as a Swimming Correspondent for The Times and Sunday Times of London, England.

Bud Greenspan

2006

When the world thinks of the Olympic Games and sports hero’s documentaries, it thinks of Bud Greenspan and Cappy Productions.

Nick Thierry

2005

For 47 years, Nick Thierry has been writing about swimming. The days when he is not writing, he is accumulating all the statistics of swims around the world, to present to international media sources, in the quest to keep up with the statistics of the sport.

Camillo Cametti

2004

For over 30 years, Camillo Cametti has been writing about sport. To Camillo, a sportsman, it comes naturally.

Francois Oppenheim

2003

During his lifetime he attended most all the major swimming competitions of the world and was a noted French journalist as well as a regular contributor to the French press.

Diana Nyad

2002

Over the past twenty years, Diana has earned a reputation as a riveting speaker. She combines her talent for dramatic storytelling with a natural sense of humor and a charismatic stage presence.

Donna De Varona

2001

A barrier breaker all her life, Donna began making waves at 13 years of age when she became the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic Team at the Olympic Games of 1960.

Sharon Robb

2000

Jean Pierre Lacour

1999

Eric Lahmy

1999

Frank Litsky

1998

Frank Litsky has been a sports writer and editor for The New York Times for 40 years and for United Press (before it became United Press International) for the 11½ years before that.

Jim McKay

1997

For nearly 50 years, Jim McKay has been one of televisions outstanding commentators known for his coverage of sports and particularly the Olympic Games.

Arlie Schardi

1996