Renowned coach Don Watson was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame two years ago and will be similarly honored this month by the International Swimming Hall of Fame in its induction weekend.
Relatively few individuals have had the honor to be dual inductees, honored by both the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. But Watson’s latest induction makes it three individuals – together with Olympic champion John Kinsella and Sandra Bucha Kerscher – from the small town of Hinsdale, Illinois to be so recognized.
As Watson touched many swimmers’ lives throughout his decades in the sport, it is appropriate that over 70 former swimmers will attend his induction in Santa Clara, California. Among his lifelong friends will be 4 former Olympians, 7 world record holders and at least two masters swimming world record holders, 5 national individual national champions, 15 individual state high school champions, chief executives from around the world, and his fellow coaching colleagues across the pool and open water swimming landscape.
Editor’s Note: After viewing the video above produced by former swimmer Bill Lauritzen, it was interesting to see Watson coaching in an era of no goggles, no gutters, no double lane lines, no warm-down, but there was still television coverage of high school swimmers with underwater filming.
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