Glenn Mills Among Honorees for ISHOFs 21st Annual Paragon Awards

Today the International Swimming Hall of Fame announced the recipients of the 21st Annual Paragon Awards, which will be presented in October. The awards honor those individuals and organizations with exceptional contributions to aquatics. Glenn Mills and his company Go Swim will receive this year’s award in the Competitive Swimming Category.

Fort Lauderdale – Sponsored by Pentair Aquatic Systems, the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced today the recipients of the 21st Annual Paragon Awards. The Paragon Awards are presented annually to individuals or organizations for outstanding contributions to aquatics in six categories. This year’s recipients are Glenn Mills and Go Swim for Competitive Swimming; Dr. Barbara Kalbus for Water Polo, Coleen “Cokey” Huffman for Competitive Diving; The USA Swimming Foundation for Aquatic Safety; Ulla Soili Marjatta Lucenius (FIN) for Synchronized Swimming and Kate Rew (GBR) for Recreational Swimming. This year’s awards will be presented on Friday, October 28, 2016, at a ceremony in Santa Clara Hilton Hotel, in Santa Clara, Calif., USA.
“Pentair is honored to be associated with the International Swimming Hall of Fame and to recognize leaders in the aquatic industry who play a prominent role in the promotion of aquatics”, said Jim Drozdowski, Institutional Aquatics Sales Manager for Pentair Aquatic Systems.
“The annual Paragon Awards bring some of the most interesting and fascinating people each year to the Hall of Fame,” said ISHOF President/CEO Bruce Wigo. “These are the unsung heroes who make competitive and recreational aquatics possible, who save lives, who promote water safety and further aquatic education.”
The Paragon Awards are part of ISHOF’s 52nd Annual Hall of Fame Honoree Weekend, October 28 -30, which will be held in Santa Clara, Calif..
For ticket information visit www.ishof.org or call 954-462-6536.
This year’s Paragon Award recipients and their categories are:

Colleen “Cokey” Huffman (USA)
Colleen “Cokey” Huffman is a 11-time national team member and two-time senior national champion. She received the Philips Performance Award in 1986, was the high point award winner at the 1990 and 1991 senior national championships and was a finalist on 10-meter at the 1991 World Championships in Perth, Australia. After retiring from the sport, Huffman continued to stay involved in numerous capacities. She is the current secretary of the UANA Technical Diving Committee and is the chair of USA Diving’s Judges Subcommittee, organizing and overseeing U.S. judge selection for both domestic and international events. A FINA-certified judge herself, Huffman travels the country and the world judging U.S. and FINA events, including the recent World Cup in Rio. She has also served on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Advisory Council, the USOC Audit Committee and U.S. Olympic Foundation and is a former treasurer of USA Diving.

Ulla Soili Marjatta Lucenius (FIN)
Ulla has been an internationally recognized synchronized swimming judge, referee, coach and consultant for 32 years. She was FINA’s TSSC Chairman from 2005 to 2009, FINA’s TSSC member from 1992 to 2005, LEN’s TSSC Chairman from 2012 to present and has been a member of LEN and TSSC since 1990. Ulla was the vice president of the Finish Swimming Federation in 1999.
In her professional life she has been an RN at Helsinki University Hospital for 18 years and has also studied mathematics, physics, chemistry, education, and statistics at Jyvaeskylae University (FIN). Her awards include the Gold Cross from Finland’s Ministry of Education in 2006, FINA’s Gold pin in 2009 and LEN’s Gold pin in 2004.

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