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2019 ISHOF Honoree Weekend Recap
ISHOF hosted the Class of 2019 Honorees and award winners, May 17-19, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the 55th annual ISHOF Induction weekend. The weekend welcomed 11 Honorees from nine different countries in a truly international weekend. It was a jam-packed weekend beginning with the Friday evening Paragon and Awards presentation, carrying into Saturday with a luncheon with speaker Joe MacInnis, giving a talk on leadership in high risk environments.  The pinnacle of the weekend was the Saturday evening induction of Inductees and the Gold Medallion award.  We rounded out the weekend with a swim to fight cancer, as Swim Across America and Swim Fort Lauderdale helped bring swimmers together to raise money to fight cancer!
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Alex Blavatnik, New ISHOF Board Member

Mr. Alex Blavatnik is the Executive Vice President of Access Industries, overseeing its global portfolio. Included in that portfolio is the Warner Music Group, which he serves as one of its Directors. Mr. Blavatnik is engaged in numerous philanthropic pursuits and serves on the boards of several educational and charitable institutions, including the USA Swimming Foundation, as a Trustee. He is a graduate of Columbia Business School, and is an avid Masters Swimmer belonging to the Swim Fort Lauderdale Masters Team. Welcome Alex to the International Swimming Hall of Fame Board of Directors!
Marcella MacDonald 17th Crossing of the English Channel 

2019 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer, Marcy MacDonald completed her 17th crossing of the English Channel on Saturday, July 6th, 2019, on the 25th anniversary of her very first crossing.  The following is a note Marcy sent out to family, friends and well-wishers the day after her swim!

"Greetings from Dover, enjoying a day by the sea with a few muscle aches after yesterday and I'm over the multiple jellyfish ZAPS, but I am happy to say I will be able to swim another day... next stop is in Bridgeport, CT for the Swim Across the Sound. I'll be doing a 2-person relay with my childhood team mate, Geoffrey Michaud, both of us grew up on the Manchester Rec Swim team... great memories, we'll talk about that next week.

THANK YOU for all your kind words of encouragement and congratulations messages. The English Channel is NEVER an easy swim, and I had to pull out a multitude of tricks from my experience vault and prayers to get through it, I was a hurting puppy.
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ISHOF Friend and Honoree Dale Petranech Passes Away

On Saturday morning, June 29, 2019, ISHOF friend, honoree and recent ISHOF Service Award Winner for 2019, Dale Petranech passed away.  Luckily for us, Dale was just at ISHOF in May to receive his ISHOF award person.
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ISHOF Honor Coach, Gus Stager dies at 92

Former Olympic and University of Michigan Coach Gus Stager died on Saturday at age 92.
“The entire Michigan swimming and diving community sends its condolences to the family of former head coach Gus Stager, who passed away on Saturday,” the University said in a statement.
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Hilda James and Gloria Vanderbilt 
With the recent death of Gloria Vanderbilt, we wanted to share this interesting story.
Hilda James of Great Britain was inducted into ISHOF in 2016.  Her grandson, Ian McAllister, wrote the story of her life, Lost Olympics, a fascinating story. It is available on Amazon or 
Click here to purchase "Last Olympics"
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Order of Canada presented to Honoree Eldon C. Godfrey

ISHOF 2012 Honor Contributor, Eldon Godfrey recently received the Order of Canada.  One June 27, 2019, her Excellency, the Right Honorable Julie Rayette, Governor General of Canada announced 83 new appointments to the Order of Canada.  The new members list included 21 Officers (O.C.) of which Godfrey was one.  Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.
 About the Order of Canada 
Created in 1967, the Order of Canada if one of Canada's highest honors. Presented by the Governor General, the Order honors people whose service shapes their society, whose innovations ignite their imaginations, and whose compassion unites their communities.
ISHOF Construction Project!  Moving Right Along!

The renovation at the ISHOF Aquatic Complex is moving along!!!

Since the complex has closed, the (City of Fort Lauderdale) pool staff and the Swim Fort Lauderdale (swim team staff) have moved into the ISHOF offices in the original museum (back building) and we are all living together. Everyone is getting along great in our rather “close quarters”.  The worst part is having no parking!

Swim Shop open
Fortunately, Summer is typically a slow time around ISHOF so it makes things a bit easier to begin our closure now.  The ISHOF gift shop, in the front building, (on Seabreeze Blvd.) however, is OPEN DAILY.  Our online gift shop / swim store is also available 24/7 for you to purchase all your favorite items, so please remember us when you need to buy anything from swim suits, to caps, goggles, fins, ISHOF apparel and gifts for that favorite swimmer! We carry most everything!  Visit us at:  shop.swimmingworld.com

Renovation updates:   the pools are empty, the bleachers have been removed, fences are down, the filtration systems have been dismantled, and metal is getting recycled, test pile rig is assembled and ready to go
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