Anyone can nominate an individual or group in any category.

  • The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer
  • Contributors to the sport of Marathon Swimming as an Administrator, Official, Coach, Inspirational, Special Needs, Pilot, Water Safety, Organizer, Support Personnel, Clubs, Organizations, etc. etc.
  • The Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award –
    This award recognizes contributors to the administration of open water swimming to the world. Nominees should have made a major contribution at the international level to marathon swimming generally. Mere long term service by a nominee is not sufficient
  • The Poseidon Award-
    This award recognizes high level achievement from personal effort or initiative in a field of endeavor that contributes to the performance of marathon swimmers or to the development and status of marathon swimming to the world.

A completed IMSHOF nomination form is required and it must accompany a completed marathon swimming biography of the candidate. The biography should outline the nominee’s marathon swimming career highlighting the reasons why this person should be inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

Criteria for Selection of Honorees

Marathon Swimmers – Traditional Solo Marathon Swimmers competing in Straits, channels, rivers, lakes and oceans and Swimmers who regularly participate in world class marathon (10K, or longer in length) races. They should include, but not be limited to, Olympic Games, FINA World Championships, FINA Grand Prix and 10K Marathon Swim Cup Events. Primary consideration should be given to those swimmers winning or having medal performances. Swimmers should have a history of international race events however only swims completed in a costume complying with IMSHOF costume definition will be considered.

IMSHOF Swimwear and Aids Criteria:

To be considered for elevation to Honoree in the IMSHOF, the nominee must have complied with the swimwear rules of the body in control of each event listed in the nominee’s curriculum vitae.

  1. In organised competition conducted under the auspices of a recognized international or national body, the nominee must comply with both the relevant swimwear requirements and other performance regulations as required under that body’s rules;
  2. For solo swims conducted under the auspices of the body governing that event, the nominee must comply with both the relevant swimwear requirements and other performance regulations as required under that body’s rules;
  3. For other swims performed outside of known organisations, private, professional or cause-related, nominees must provide evidence of the swim through creditable observers with clear details of costume or any other practices out of the norm of traditional open solo swims.

Contributors to the Sport of Marathon Swimming as a(n) administrator, official, coach, inspirational, special needs, pilot, water safety, organizer, support personnel, clubs, organisations. These are the dedicated personnel that assist in various functions to support and develop the sport of Marathon Swimming. Their contribution should be made over a period of years, and be truly outstanding.

An ISHOF Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award recipient, if not already in the IMSHOF, will automatically be selected as an IMSHOF Honoree.

Drug Test Failure (adverse analytical findings, atypical finding and other assorted anti-doping rule violations) by WADA or an authorized WADA body in any aquatics sport prevents a nominee from being selected and results in the removal of an honoree from the IMSHOF.   This does not apply if the finding is overturned on appeal (reduction or removal of any punishment on appeal is not considered if the finding is not overturned).  This can be a current test or a future test on an old sample.

Nomination Procedures

  1. Complete a candidate nomination form.
  2. Complete a candidate swimming biography. The nominee’s biography should include the candidate’s marathon swimming history and clearly outline why the candidate should be inducted into the IMSHOF.
  3. Get the official nomination form here.

Deadlines, Selection, and Announcements

  1. Nominations close with the election Chairman on 31 August of each year’s ballot.
  2. Nominations received after that date will go into the following year’s ballot.
  3. Selection is conducted in September.
  4. Announcements will be made in October though press releases and via the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Facebook page and documented on IMSHOF.ORG and the end of year Newsletter.

IMSHOF Selection Panel is comprised of the below individuals and all members of the Executive Committee

Nick Adams – GBR/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Tamara Bruce – AUS/Asia Pacific
Penny Dean – USA/Americas
Yuko Matsuzaki – JPN/Asia Pacific
David O’Brien – AUS/Asia Pacific
Poliana Okimoto – BRA/Americas
Valerio Valli – ITA/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Forrest Nelson – USA/Americas
David Barra – USA/Americas
Jaimie Monahan – USA/Americas
Dr. Osama Ahmed Momtaz – EGY/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Anna-Carin Nordin – SWE/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Michael P. Read, MBE – GBR/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Peter Bales- RSA/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Sid Cassidy – USA/Americas
Elizabeth Fry – USA/Americas
Marcella MacDonald, DPM, USA/Americas
Captain Tim Johnson – USA/Americas
Vojislav Mijić – SRB/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Ricardo Ratto – BRA/Americas
Dr. Jane Katz – USA/Americas
Valerie Parsons – GBR/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Martina Grimaldi – ITA/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Pilar Geijo – ARG/Americas
Lynn Blouin – CAN/Americas                                    
Kathrin Lammers – BEL/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Sally Minty-Gravett, MBE – GBR/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Evan Morrison – USA/Americas
Philip Rush – NZ/Asia Pacific
Dan Simonelli – USA/Americas
Ben Barham – GBR/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Penny Palfrey – AUS/Asia Pacific
Carol Sing – USA/Americas
Natalya Pankina – UAE/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Mohamed Ahmed Marouf – EGY/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Steven Muñatones – USA/Americas
Petar Stoychev – BUL/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Silvia Dalotto – ARG/Americas
Stéphane Lecat – FRA/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Kevin Murphy – GBR/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Greg Streppel – CAN/Americas
Peter Van Vooren – BEL/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Jacques Tuset – FRA/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Attila Mányoki – HUN/Europe, Middle East & Africa
John York – USA/Americas
Christopher Guesdon – AUS/Asia Pacific
Dennis Miller – FJI/Asia Pacific
Rohan Dattatrey More – IND/Asia Pacific

IMSHOF Executive Committee

Melissa Roberts (nee Cunningham) – AUS/Asia Pacific
Beth Yudovin – USA/Americas
Dale Petranech (Emeritas) – USA/Americas
Ned Denison – IRL/Europe, Middle East & Africa
Richard Broer – NED/Europe, Middle East & Africa