Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award

2017  Richard Broer


Richard Broer played a major role in developing open water swimming for the last twenty years, including the role as Chairperson of the Technical Open Water Committee of Royal Netherlands Swimming Association.


He is responsible for the yearly open water publication with all (association) events, an extensive brochure on the ins and outs of open waters swimming nationally.  Richard brought the sport from the Netherlands to the internet in 1998 with, which further promotes events and the sport in general.


One indicator of the success of open water (including marathon) swimming in the Netherlands are the double Dutch marathon winners in Rio.


His other internet initiative is a website for the European area. It concentrates on the event calendar for Europe. It is a proven instrument in attracting vacationing swimmers to swims in their holiday destination.

Broer has coached 20 IJsselmeer relays and a solo winner and his seven English Channel relay teams have completed a 100% record including two world records.


Richard also continue to be an accomplished swimmer.  He set a 1978 record in the Netherlands national competition and swam 1500m in under 16 minutes. Recent he completed several solo marathons including Gibraltar Straits, Flanders Marathon twice and the IJsselmeer three times.


He received The Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award 2017 for his contributions to the administration of open water swimming.

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