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2006 USWFA Masters Swimming Pioneer Awards

The First Annual Awards were presented on Saturday, January 8, 2005 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Each award honors a very special person who has been very important to the growth and development of Masters Swimming.  We could write a book about each person but space does not permit!

  • Judge Robert Beach – Leadership Award: 

The Award – to recognize a person who has provided leadership to Masters Swimming throughout the country and/or world over the years: Judge Robert Beach – swam in the 2nd National Masters Swimming meet held in Amarillo, Texas in 1971.  Organized, directed and financed a meet in St. Petersburg, Florida that is the longest running Masters Swimming meet in the world.  Bob loves to talk about the benefits of Masters Swimming.
2005 Winner – Mel Goldstein
2006 Winner – Tom Boak

  • June Krauser – Rules or Newsletter Award:

The Award – to recognize a person who has played a major role in Masters Swimming Rules or who produces and distributes a Masters Swimming Newsletter. June Krauser – the mother of Masters Swimming!  Was the first chairperson of the National Masters Rules Newsletter Committee (1972).
2005 Winner – Tracy Grilli
2006 Winner – Tom Lyndon

  • John R. Spannuth – Coaches Award:

The Award – to recognize a Masters Swimming Coach who has been active over a long period of time.  John R. Spannuth – organized and directed the first National Masters Swimming Meet in Amarillo, Texas in 1970.  Former President of the American Swimming Coaches Association and National Aquatics Administrator for the AAU when Masters Swimming became an official AAU sport (1972).
2005 Winner – Clay Evans
2006 Winner – Scott Rabalais

  • Paul Hutinger – Fitness Award:

The Award – to recognize a person who promotes the fitness benefits of Masters Swimming. Paul Hutinger – Paul first swam in a Masters National Swimming Meet in 1971.  He wrote a wide variety of articles about exercise physiology which were very informative.
2005 Winner – Joel Stager
2006 Winner – David Grilli

  • Ted Haartz – Records Award:

The Award – to recognize a person who has played a major role in recording Masters Records and/or Masters Tabulations. Ted Haartz – was the first Masters Swimming Records Chairperson (1972).  Also did the top tabulations for many years.
2005 Winner – Walt Reid
2006 Winner – Enid Uhrich

  • Dr. Jane Katz - Cross Training Award:

The Award – to recognize a person who is involved in two or more Masters Aquatic Sports or involved in Cross Training. Dr. Jane Katz – is a college professor and swimming coach with a degree in gerontology.  She has been very involved in Masters Swimming and Masters Synchronized Swimming for many years.
2005 Winner – David Scott
2006 Winner – Steven Johnson

  • Ham and Mildred Anderson – Historian Award:

The Award – to recognize a person who has been involved in recording the history of Masters Swimming
Ham and Mildred Anderson – loved the study of the history of Masters Swimming.
2005 Winner -  Carl House
2006 Winner – Barbara Dunbar

  • Dr. Burwell “Bumpy” Jones – Medical Doctors Award:

The Award – to recognize a medical doctor who is involved in Masters Swimming and promotes the benefits of swimming on a regular basis.   Dr. Burwell “Bumpy” Jones – Dr. Jones was an Olympic Swimmer and National Collegiate Swimming Champion and is a very active Masters Swimmer.  He helps in many ways to promote the benefits of being involved in Masters Swimming.
2005 Winner – Dr. Manuel “Manny” Sanguily
2006 Winner – Jody Welborn, M.D.

  • Dr. Phillip Whitten – Journalism Award:

The Award – to recognize a person who writes feature articles and books and/or publishes magazines regarding Masters Swimming.   Dr. Philip Whitten was the Editor/Publisher of Swim Magazine.  Promotes Masters Swimming in many ways.
2005 Winner – Bill Volckening
2006 Winner – Terry Laughlin

  • Dr. Richard Rahe – International Award:

The Award – to recognize an individual who has promoted Masters Swimming on the International level.  Dr. Richard Rahe – a medical doctor who was the top  assistant to Dr. Ransam Arthur for many years.  Was the first chairperson of the International Masters Swimming Committee (1972).
2005 Winner – Joseph Kurtzman
2006 Winner – Nancy Ridout

  • Buster Crabbe – PR or Celebrity Involvement Award:

The Award  - no recognize an individual who promotes Masters Swimming or was a national or international celebrity when they were active in Masters Swimming.    Buster Crabbe – swam in the First National AAU Masters Swimming Championship in 1972 in Bloomington.  Former movie star who promoted the benefits of Masters Swimming as a fitness program.
2005 Winner – John B. Kelly, Jr.*
2006 Winner – Richard Burns

  • Dr. Ken Kimball – Pioneer Award:

The Award – to recognize an individual who has been involved in Masters Swimming (as a swimmer and/or administrator) for more than twenty years.   Ken Kimball – swam with the navy team from San Diego at the First Masters Meet held in 1970 in Amarillo.  Involved in the formation and development of Masters Swimming.
2005 Winner – Dorothy Donnelly*
2006 Winner – John Bauman





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